Lisa Romerein
Total Time
2 Hours 30 Mins
Makes 4 servings

A classic; also works with steamed rice. Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes, plus 2 hours to marinate. Notes: You can use a grill pan or broiler instead of a grill. (Broil onions first, about 10 in. from heat, and then beef, about 6 in. from heat.)

How to Make It

Step 1

In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together sugar, pepper, garlic, lemon grass, fish sauce, and 2 tbsp. olive oil. Add beef, toss to coat, and refrigerate 2 hours.

Step 2

Rub remaining 1 tbsp. oil over onions. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for medium-high heat (you can hold your hand 1 to 2 in. above grill level only 3 to 4 seconds). Brush grill with vegetable oil. Thread onions onto two 8-in. metal skewers. Lay onion skewers on grill and cook (close lid on gas grill) until softened, about 15 minutes, turning skewers every 5 minutes or so.

Step 3

When onions are cooked halfway, lay beef slices on grill and cook (close lid on gas grill), turning once, 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 4

Arrange beef and onions on a platter and garnish with cilantro and peanuts.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews

Joolia's Review

January 21, 2011
I made the marinade as stated in the recipe, but with really coursely ground pepper, ground in a heavy mortar. It was just right. I imagine that if you went with a finer ground 1Tsp would be too much. Also, I am fortunate to have a proper butcher who can hook me up with raw beef sliced so thin it's see-through. This works brilliantly.