Spicy Thai Beef Salad (Yam Nuea)

Spicy Thai Beef Salad Recipe (Yam Nuea)

Written By:

Post Date – Updated:

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

To Go Straight To the Spicy Thai Beef Salad and Video – Click On The Link Below:

Jump to Recipe

Table of Contents

About The Spicy Thai Beef Salad Recipe (Yam Nuea)

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 others may want it extra spicy with 10 small red chilis. You can prepare the ingredients and then mix them up when you are ready to eat the salad.

10 Reasons Why I Adore Thai Food and This Salad

Having lived in Thailand for several years, my palate developed an undying love for Thai cuisine. The vibrant flavors, the combination of ingredients, and the culture behind each dish have left an indelible mark on my taste buds.

Here are 10 reasons, rooted in my personal experience, that elucidate my passion for Thai food and this particular salad:

  1. Spice Galore: Thai food is synonymous with spices, and I am all for it! The tantalizing kick of chili, the aromatic hint of basil, and the subtle warmth of turmeric make each dish a fiery fiesta.
  2. Incredible Tastiness: Every Thai dish I’ve tried bursts with flavor. The harmonious blend of sweet, sour, spicy, and umami notes is a culinary symphony that delights every time.
  3. Freshness in Every Bite: One thing that stands out in Thai cuisine is its emphasis on fresh ingredients. Whether it’s crisp vegetables, aromatic herbs, or just-caught seafood, the freshness elevates the dish’s taste.
  4. Diverse Ingredients: From tangy tamarind to creamy coconut, the range of ingredients used in Thai food is vast. For me, each ingredient tells a story of the land and its traditions.
  5. Health Benefits: Many ingredients in Thai food, such as lemongrass, galangal, and ginger, are not only flavorful but also packed with health benefits, making the meal both tasty and nutritious.
  6. Visual Appeal: Thai dishes are a feast for the eyes. The vibrant colors, the garnishing, and the presentation – it all adds to the dining experience.
  7. Texture Variety: The crunch of peanuts, the softness of tofu, the silkiness of coconut milk – Thai food offers a play of textures that I absolutely relish.
  8. Cultural Connection: Every bite of Thai food takes me back to the bustling streets of Thailand, reminding me of the rich culture and the warm-hearted people of the land.
  9. Versatility: Thai food offers a plethora of dishes suitable for every preference. Be it vegetarian, vegan, or meat-based, there’s something for everyone.
  10. That Special Salad: The salad I adore embodies all these elements – the freshness, the spices, the textures. It’s not just a dish; for me, it’s a bouquet of memories and flavors from my time in Thailand.

Thai food is more than just a cuisine for me; it’s an emotion, a journey back to the streets and homes of Thailand. Every flavor and every aroma rekindles memories of my time there, making each meal a trip down memory lane.

Authentic Spicy Thai Beef Salad (Yam Nuea) Recipe

Spicy Thai Beef Salad (Yam Nuea) Recipe

1 Serving as a meal or 2 Servings With Other Food

(For Additional Servings Add To The Portions Below)

Spicy Thai Beef Salad Recipe (Yam Nuea)

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


Prep time


Cooking time


Total time




  • 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 cane sugar as we find it a healthy alternative, and it works great in Thai food. A lot of Thais will use palm sugar)

  • 1 to 10 Thai red chilies (use as many 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) of Fresh Cilantro

  • .70 ounces or 20 grams of Thai Celery

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

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

  • 1.76 ounces or 50 grams of cherry red tomatoes

  • 1.76 ounces or 50 grams of 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 minutes 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 into 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.

Did you make this recipe?

Tag @a.bus.on.a.dusty.road on Instagram and hashtag it #LivingLifeAsAGlobalCitizen

Like this recipe?

Follow us @ABusOnADustyRoad on Pinterest

Did you make this recipe?

Follow us on Facebook

Anita L Hummel
Follow Me

Share Our Content

One response to “Spicy Thai Beef Salad Recipe (Yam Nuea)”

  1. Konto na Binance Avatar

    I don’t think the title of your article matches the content lol. Just kidding, mainly because I had some doubts after reading the article. https://www.binance.info/pl/join?ref=V3MG69RO