A plate serving Thai crying tiger salad

Crying tiger Thai salad

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 5 mins plus marinating


4 as part of a meal

Make this spicy Thai salad as hot as you like with extra chillies — it's so named because the heat should induce tears! The fillet steak can also be cooked as you like it

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal127
  • fat6g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.9g


  • small pack coriander, leaves and stalks separated
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce or fish sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 250g beef fillet steak
  • large handful mixed, soft herbs (we used mint, coriander and Thai basil), to serve

For the dipping sauce

  • 2 limes, juiced



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • ½ onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

  • 1 tsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp toasted rice powder (optional)


  1. Finely chop the coriander stalks and combine with the oyster and soy sauces. Lightly season, then tip into a sandwich bag with the steak. Massage the marinade into the meat, then put in the fridge for up to 3 hrs, but at least 1 hr.

  2. Put the dipping sauce ingredients in a bowl, finely chop 3/4 of the coriander leaves and add them too. Taste the sauce – if you like it sweeter, add a little more sweet chilli sauce; if you prefer it more salty, add a little extra fish sauce. Set aside.

  3. Heat a frying pan over a high heat and, once very hot, cook the steak for 2-3 mins each side, depending on how well done you like it. Rest the steak for 5-10 mins before slicing and serving on a bed of herbs, with the sauce on the side.

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