Grilled Lemongrass Beef


Years ago, a Vietnamese friend came for a visit and her mom prepared us an unforgettable Vietnamese meal. Since then, Vietnamese cuisine has become one of my favourite cuisine. Just thinking about that meal makes me just drool. One of the dishes she made is the mouth-watering Grilled Lemongrass Beef.

In Vietnamese homes, these tangy delicacy of seared beef are grilled at the table over a clay charcoal stove. They were tender and fragrant with a little bit of smoky char from the grill.  No worries if you do not have a grill. The marinated meat is also great grilled on toaster oven or pan seared in a pan. The whiff of lemongrass from the grill is simply irresistable!

If you are not a fan of beef, this lemongrass marinate works amazingly with chicken and pork as well. These beef strips is great as appetiser, or can be served as a main dish wrapped in rice paper; as a topping for cold noodles; or with a plate of steamed rice. Look out for the recipes next.

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Grilled Lemongrass Beef
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Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Beef - tangy delicacy seared beef, tender and fragrant with smoky char from the grill. Great as appetiser by itself; wrapped in rice paper; over cold rice vermicelli; or over a plate of steamed rice.
Serves: 4
  • 400g Beef Chuck or Flank - slice thinly against the grain
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 3-4 large cloves Garlic - finely minced
  • 2 stalks Lemongrass - finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
  • ½ Red Bird Chili - thinly sliced
  • ½ tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 1 juice of large Lime
  1. In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together sugar, pepper, garlic, lemon grass, fish sauce, and 2 tbsp. olive oil.
  2. Add beef, toss to coat, and refrigerate 2 hours.
  3. Grill the beef, or pan-sear in an oiled pan, until just done, about 20 seconds on each side or to desired doneness.
  4. Serve garnish with cilantro and Vietnamese dipping sauce.

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
  1. Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.



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  3. Wow this dish looks incredible, I just love all the flavors! 🙂
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  4. My husband is obsessed with red meat and I’m not gonna lie. I enjoy it quite a bit as well. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. This looks and sounds so good. Can’t wait to try it.
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    • Lauren, thanks for dropping by! This is one of my favourite beef recipe, hope you and your husband enjoy it too. do update me how the recipe turn out for you. have a great day!!!

  5. This does look just delish! Beautiful presentation and recipe sound like something i would really enjoy! thanks and have a great day!!!
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  6. What a delicious dish! I love simple and tasty dishes like this and with such a rich seasoning! Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Oh, boy does this look marvelous!!! I just made chicken lettuce wraps…and now I need to try beef 🙂
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    • Thanks Liz! This beef goes well with many things, especially rice paper rolls which I’ve just posted. even without rice paper rolls, just wrap with lettuce is scrumptious!

  8. What a stunning dish – delicate, oriental and exotic 😀

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  9. This is a beautiful dish. I adore Asian cuisine. Up until recently I could not find lemongrass locally but have since found a great little shop that carries it.
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    • Thanks Kim! Glad you have found some lemongrass, it’s such a fragrant herb to cook with. It’s actually quite easy to plant your own lemongrass, especially with summer approaching in your country. Next time you bought some lemongrass, soak the lemongrass ends with water and after 1-2 weeks, small roots will grow. then you can transfer them into large pot / on the ground. however beware that they grow tall & wild, have to trim them often.

  10. I have a very good Vietnamese friend who’s mom is an excellent cook and I remember having lemongrass beef before. I used to love it so much. I still have lemongrass I should make this next!!
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    • I absolutely love any meat that’s grilled with lemongrass – beef, chicken or pork. I just posted rice paper rolls with the lemongrass beef, it’s another absolutely must try vietnamese dish!

  11. Very authentic appearance, Shannon. Lemongrass is such a great flavoring agent for Asian style foods!

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