The secret to this steak dish is the fish sauce in the marinade of the steak and in the vinaigrette for the salad, which gives the whole dish a salty, umami punch that'll have you going back for bite after bite. The flavors are based around the classic Vietnamese dipping sauce nuoc cham, which combines fish sauce with sugar and lime juice. The herb-packed salad gives a nice counterbalance to the richness of the meat, and the lime juice in both the marinade and vinaigrette gives a hit of acid to round everything else out. 

Recipe by MyRecipes


Credit: Caitlin Bensel; Prop Styling: Christina Daley; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Recipe Summary

1 hr
20 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1/4 lb. sliced steak, 1 1/4 cups salad)




Instructions Checklist
  • Prepare the Marinade: Whisk together fish sauce, cilantro, oil, brown sugar, vinegar, jalapeño, garlic, ginger, and lime zest in a medium bowl. Add skirt steak to marinade; allow to stand covered in refrigerator 30 minutes. Preheat a grill or grill pan to high (450°F to 500°F). Grill marinated steak pieces 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium, or until desired degree of doneness. Allow cooked meat to stand 10 minutes before slicing thinly against the grain.

  • While meat marinates, prepare the Vinaigrette: Process all Vinaigrette ingredients in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. 

  • Prepare the Salad: Combine cut sugar snap peas, red bell pepper strips, matchstick carrots, red onion, and herbs. Add 1/2 cup of the Vinaigrette; toss to coat. Drizzle steak with remaining 1/2 cup vinaigrette; serve with dressed salad and lime wedges.