Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Paige Hicks
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 3 ounces steak and about 3/4 cup vegetables)

The marinade of fish sauce and grated red onion gives intense flavor to the steak, tenderizes the meat, and results in a slightly caramelized crust. Use your largest sauté pan (preferably 14-inch so that the vegetables and steak have room to caramelize and cook quickly) or a large wok.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine steak and 1 tablespoon fish sauce in a shallow dish. Cut 1 onion in half lengthwise. Grate half of the onion. Add onion pulp to steak; toss to coat. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Cut remaining 1 1/2 onions into 1/4-inch-thick vertical slices. Cut each asparagus spear diagonally into 3 pieces. Combine sliced onion, asparagus, bell pepper, and oil; toss to coat. Heat a large wok or stainless steel skillet over high heat. Add vegetables to pan; stir-fry 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce to pan; stir-fry 30 seconds. Remove vegetable mixture from pan; keep warm.

Step 3

Scrape onion pulp off of steak. Return wok to high heat. Add steak to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Place steak on a cutting board; let stand at least 5 minutes. Cut steak across the grain into slices. Serve with vegetables.

Ratings & Reviews

Great taste, nasty smell

August 19, 2015
While cooking this, my 4yr old was literally crying because she thought it smelled like feet - fish sauce smells so nasty. But the end result was flavorful and delicious, with no hint of fish taste or smell. Beware: grating the onions also had ME crying. But other than that, it was simple to prepare.

Delicious and quick

August 24, 2015
This was a surprisingly great recipe. I use fish sauce all the time in Thai recipes but this was the first time I used it as the only I gradient in a marinade/sauce. It was so delicious. My kids couldn't get enough of the veggies and steak. I had the butcher halve the steak for me to save me time - one of my best ideas of the day! Make this recipe!

Surprisingly Amazing

August 31, 2015
So good, should have gotten a bigger piece of meat because my kids loved it so much there wasn't enough left for hubby when he got home.  Going into our regular rotation for sure!

Fast and tasty

September 13, 2015
We used venison steak, which worked well. Don't be afraid of the fish sauce - the flavor is subtle in the final dish.