Crying Tiger (Spicy Thai BBQ Beef)

Similar to the BBQ Pork I posted recently, this simple recipe is light and summery, bringing bold flavours together for a punchy dish. Serve the sliced beef over rice with a simple crunchy salad.

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Crying Tiger (Spicy Thai BBQ Beef)

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: thai
Keyword: BBQ, beef, thai
Servings: 4


  • 4 sirloin steaks
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chilli flakes
  • ¼ cup finely sliced coriander leaves and stemmed
  • 4 tablespoons uncooked jasmine rice


  • Coat the beef with the oyster sauce and two tablespoons each of the fish sauce and brown sugar and massage the mixture into the meat. Allow to marinate for at least an hour or overnight.
  • To make dipping sauce, toast the rice in a dry pan over medium heat for 10 minutes or until they turn a deep golden brown. Remove from heat and grind in a mortar and pestle. Combine the ground rice with the remaining fish sauce and brown sugar as well as coriander, soy sauce, lime juice, chilli flakes and tamarind. Mix well.
  • To grill the beef, remove it from the fridge and allow it to reach room temperature. Heat the grill on medium-high and brush with peanut oil. Cook the beef to desire temperature then remove from heat and allow to rest for 3 minutes.
  • Slice the beef before serving. Serve along with steamed rice.

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