Steak Skewers with Scallion Dipping Sauce
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Steak Skewers with Scallion Dipping Sauce

"Luxurious cuts of cubed steak marinated in coconut milk, garlic, and chiles. Use tri-tip, top sirloin cap steak, or rib eye. Make sure a strip of fat is still intact to thread onto the skewers."


Meat and marinade:

1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

1/4 cup fish sauce (such as nuoc nam or nam pla)

2 tablespoons palm sugar or (packed) light brown sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

6 garlic cloves

4 red or green Thai chiles, stemmed

2 lemongrass stalks, bottom third only, tough outer layers removed

1 1 1/2″ piece ginger, peeled

2 pounds tri-tip, top sirloin cap steak, or rib eye, fat cap left on


Scallion dipping sauce:

15 scallions, very thinly sliced

1/4 cup fish sauce (such as nuoc nam or nam pla)

3 tablespoons grapeseed oil

2 tablespoons chinkiang (black) vinegar

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


Basting sauce:

1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

3 tablespoons fish sauce (such as nuoc nam or nam pla)

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 garlic cloves, crushed


Special Equipment: Eight 8″ metal or bamboo skewers (soak bamboo skewers for 1 hour before using)


Ingredient Note: Chinkiang vinegar, also called black vinegar, an aged vinegar made from glutinous rice and malt, is available at Asian markets.

For meat and marinade: Purée all ingredients except steak in a blender or a food processor until smooth. Trim strip of fat (sometimes called a fat cap) from meat. Cut fat into 1/4″-1/2″ cubes; cut meat into approximately 1″ cubes. Place fat and meat in a large bowl. Add marinade and toss to coat, cover and chill overnight.

Remove fat and meat from marinade, brushing off excess. Thread onto skewers, alternating meat with fat, so that pieces are touching but not pressed tightly together (which would slow down cooking). Leave at least 1″ of space at the ends of skewers for easy turning. Discard marinade; save excess fat for basting liquid. 

For scallion dipping sauce: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl just before you begin grilling; stir occasionally. 

For basting sauce: Mince any reserved leftover fat. Transfer to a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until fat is heated through, about 3 minutes (fat will not melt completely). Add all ingredients and cook until just heated through; keep warm.

Build a medium fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high. Grill skewers, brushing with basting sauce and turning every 2 minutes, for 10 minutes. Stop basting and cook, turning every 2 minutes, until browned around edges and cooked through, about 6 minutes more. Serve with scallion dipping sauce on the side.