Lemongrass beef with green pawpaw salad


Serves: 4
Time to make: 30 mins
Total cost: $22.04 / $5.51 per serve
(at time of publication)

  • 500g beef blade steak, trimmed, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass paste (we used Garden Gourmet)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded, chopped
  • 600g green pawpaw, peeled, deseeded, grated
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 3 cups steamed basmati rice, to serve


Step 1 Combine beef, lemongrass paste and garlic in a medium bowl. Place a large frying pan over high heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon oil and half the beef. Cook for 3–4 minutes, or until browned. Remove from pan and keep warm. Repeat with 1/2 teaspoon oil and remaining beef. Return all beef to pan, add tomatoes and heat through.

Step 2 Combine lime juice, remaining oil, fish sauce, sugar and chilli in a small bowl. Stir until sugar dissolves.

Step 3 Combine pawpaw, coriander, mint and onions in a large bowl, then toss through dressing. Serve beef and tomatoes over salad with rice on the side.

HFG tip

On the barbecue: You can cook the beef on the hot plate sprayed with a little oil. Use high heat and cook until browned. Add tomatoes and cook until heated through.

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