Vietnamese Grilled Steak with Portobellos and Mint-Cilantro Mojo

Vietnamese Grilled Steak with Portobellos and Mint-Cilantro Mojo Recipe
A hint of nutmeg in the sauce reflects the French influence in Vietnamese cooking. Combining mint with cilantro adds a refreshing element to the mojo, a Caribbean condiment consisting of garlic, citrus juice, and oil. It would also be good with grilled or roasted lamb. Steamed green beans make a colorful side on the plate.


4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces steak, 3 mushroom slices, 1 cup green beans, and about 1 tablespoon mojo)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 364
Caloriesfromfat 41 %
Fat 16.6 g
Satfat 4.9 g
Monofat 7.6 g
Polyfat 2.2 g
Protein 35.6 g
Carbohydrate 18.9 g
Fiber 4.5 g
Cholesterol 62 mg
Iron 4.2 mg
Sodium 608 mg
Calcium 84 mg


1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 cup mint leaves
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove
Remaining ingredients:
2 portobello mushroom caps (about 4 ounces)
1 pound green beans, trimmed
Cooking spray
1 (1-pound) boneless beef shoulder steak


To prepare sauce, combine first 8 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. Place in a small bowl.

To prepare mojo, combine cilantro and next 5 ingredients (through 1 garlic clove) in a food processor; process until smooth. Place in a small bowl.

Remove brown gills from the undersides of portobello mushrooms using a spoon; discard gills. Cut each mushroom into 6 slices; set aside.

Steam green beans 3 minutes or until tender; keep warm.

Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan; cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices. Toss mushrooms with half of soy mixture; add to pan. Stir-fry 1 minute; remove from pan. Return steak to pan; cook 2 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Drizzle steak with remaining soy mixture. Arrange steak, mushrooms, and green beans on serving plates. Serve with mojo.

Isabel Cruz,

Cooking Light

November 2005
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