Spicy Thai Beef Salad Recipe (Yam Nuea)

Spicy Thai Beef Salad (Yam Nuea)

You can make the Spicy Thai Beef Salad or Yam Nuea at home, just like they would make in Thailand.

Authentic Spicy Thai Beef Salad (Ya...
Authentic Spicy Thai Beef Salad (Yam Nuea) Recipe

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You need to use fresh ingredients. Fresh ingredients are key to almost all great Asian salads and food. Also, you can make it as hot and spicy as you can. For me, just 2 red chilis were spicy enough but for others, they may want it extra spicy with 10 small red chilis. You can prepare the ingredients ahead of time and then mix them up when you are ready to eat the salad.

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Spicy Thai Beef Salad Recipe (Yam Nuea)

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Spicy Thai Beef Salad (Yam Nuea) Recipe

1 Serving as a meal or 2 Servings With Other Food

(For Additional Servings Just Add To The Portions Below)

Spicy Thai Beef Salad Recipe (Yam Nuea)

Recipe by Anita L Hummel Course: Thai RecipesCuisine: Thailand, AsianDifficulty: Medium


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  • 10 ounces or 300 grams Beef Filet or your favorite cut of steak.

  • Pinch of salt and pepper for the beef

  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves

  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Lime (use lime that is freshly squeezed)

  • 2 Tablespoon Fish Sauce (Thai or Vietnamese Fish Sauce should be OK)

  • 1 Tablespoon Cane Sugar or Palm Sugar (you can use white sugar but we like the cane sugar as we find it a healthy alternative and it works great in Thai food. A lot of Thai’s will use the palm sugar)

  • 1 to 10 Thai red chilies (use as many want for as hot and spicy as you want it)

  • .17 ounces or 5 grams (small bunch) Fresh Mint

  • .35 ounces or 10 grams (small bunch) Fresh Cilantro

  • .70 ounces or 20 grams Thai Celery

  • .70 or 20 grams Green Onion (I bunch green onions)

  • .70 or 20 grams Red Onion (about 1 red onion)

  • 1.76 ounces or 50 grams cherry red tomatoes

  • 1.76 ounces or 50 grams cucumbers (about 2 small pieces)


  • BEEF
  • Lightly salt and pepper the beef on both sides. Then you can grill it on your BBQ, grill or fry on the stovetop. Let the beef sit for at least 5 mins after cooking it.
  • After it has sat there for a while about 5 to 10 minutes, cut the meat into thin slices.
  • Cut up all the vegetables. They do not need to be cut to small pieces but just in bite-size pieces. Normally we peel and core the cucumbers. Slice tomatoes into small pieces. Cut the onion and Thai celery.
  • Pick the mint and cilantro leaves off the stem.
  • In a pounder pound the garlic cloves, Then add the fresh red chilies and pound them together with the garlic. Add as many chilies as you want. Remember the more red chilies you add the spicier it will be.
  • Then add in the sugar, lime, and fish sauce and pound together. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Right before serving mix the meat, vegetables, and dressing together. Add some mint and cilantro on the top before serving.

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Anita L Hummel

Hi, I live in Hanoi, Vietnam but spend time traveling the region. I love to share with you things I see and learn through my travels.

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