Seared beef & papaya salad with tamarind soy dressing

Seared beef & papaya salad with tamarind soy dressing

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 5 mins

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Serves 2

Tropical papaya pairs well with beef, prawns or pork in Asian salads. The sweet dressing and crispy onion topping tie the whole recipe together

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 300g sirloin beef steaks, fat removed
  • vegetable oil, for greasing
  • 100g bag baby spinach leaves
  • 2 ripe but firm papayas, peeled, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 small pack coriander, leaves picked
  • 1 small pack mint, leaves picked
  • ½ large cucumber, sliced
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp crispy onions

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp tamarind purée
  • 1 tsp grated garlic
  • juice 2 limes
  • 3 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1½ tbsp fish sauce
  • large pinch chilli flakes

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  1. Season the steak well. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan. Sear the steaks for 2 mins each side, then remove and leave to rest for 5 mins. When rested, thinly slice.
  2. Mix the dressing ingredients together with 1 tbsp water until the sugar is dissolved. Arrange the spinach, beef, papaya, herbs, cucumber, spring onions and chilli on a platter. Pour the dressing over half the salad and sprinkle with the crispy onions. Serve the remaining dressing on the side or save for making another salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2014

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suzymhall's picture
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This was really nice. I was a bit sceptical as I put it together but it tasted great. I didn't use mint (too cold and wet to go outside to get some!), put a white onion on the griddle after I'd done the beef (instead of the spring onion and crispy onions) and used 1 lime and 1 papaya between 2 of us which was plenty on both counts. I served it with noodles with some green beans to make it into a dinner (need my carbs!). Very nice.

badzilla's picture
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The recipe is for two and it was easy to half to make for one person. I used a small piece of sirloin steak and one ripe papaya along with half a red chilli and two spring onions. To avoid getting the proportions wrong I made the dressing as printed for two people so there was a little wastage. For my complete review blog and photo, check out