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Cambodian Grilled Beef Salad Recipe – Nhoam Sach Ko

This Cambodian grilled beef salad recipe makes nhoam sach ko, a simple but refreshing salad infused with fresh fragrant herbs and a classic Cambodian dressing of lime juice, fish sauce and garlic. It’s a fantastic dish to share alongside other Cambodian barbecue dishes and a Cambodian curry or two.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Cambodian
Servings: 4 People, sharing
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Terence Carter


  • 500 g tenderloin steak cut into thin slices
  • 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • 1 head leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 bunch anise basil leaves separated
  • 1 red bird’s eye chilli
  • 2 tbsp bean sprouts
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts peeled


  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped


  • Marinate the beef slices in 1 tbsp fish sauce and 1/2 tbsp of lime juice for 20 minutes.
  • Sear the beef slices quickly over a charcoal grill.
  • In a bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients until the sugar is dissolved.
  • In another bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients together, except for the peanuts. Pour over the dressing and mix well.
  • Build the salad, starting with the lettuce leaves and then adding the rest of the ingredients. Sprinkle the peanuts over the finished salad. Serve with other grill dishes, such as grilled pork ribs and marinated beef skewers.


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1155mg | Potassium: 627mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 376IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3mg