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Chilli Kaffir Lime Beef Skewers

Chilli Kaffir Lime Beef Skewers

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I have said it over and over again, I am a huge Donna Hay fan. Donna’s (we are on first name basis) recipes are fresh, seasonal and so simple to make.   For the current round of HHDD, I picked this fresh beef skewer recipe for Chilli Kaffir Lime Beef Skewers.

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This is a great recipe to have on hand for those evenings when you want a good meal but don’t want to spend a lot of time making it.  I had dinner on the table within 60 minutes.  The combination of cool rice noodles and slightly spicy beef is fantastic.  The beef is marinated in half of the dressing which was made with fresh lime juice, a little peanut oil, and fresh red chilies.  Making rice noodles is one of the easiest things …. put them in a bowl, pour over boiling water and let sit for 8 minutes.  After they were cooked and drained well (I even patted them dry, just a little), I tossed them with kaffir leaves, cilantro, basil, snow peas and the leftover dressing.  This would have been great even on its own;  but, the caramelized grilled beef skewers were a perfect partner for the cool crisp salad.  We loved this recipe!

Now, get out there, pick up the ingredients and join us in this round of HHDD (Hay Hay it’s Donna Day).  Get your entries to me by midnight on the 30th of April 2010.  All the delicious details can be found here.

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Chilli and Kaffir Lime Beef Skewers

*recipe permission from Donna Hay


1 small red chili, chopped
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
¼ cup (60ml) peanut oil
700g rump steak, cut into pieces-
6 kaffir lime leaves, blanched
noodle salad
150g dried rice vermicelli noodles
¼ cup coriander (cilantro) leaves
100g snow peas (mange tout), sliced and blanched
basil leaves, to serve

Marinade the beef:

Place the chili, fish sauce, lime juice and peanut oil in a bowl and stir to combine.

Place the steak in a bowl, pour over half the lime marinade and toss to coat.

Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

To make the noodle salad: 

Place the noodles in a bowl, cover with boiling water and soak for 6–8 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.

Place the noodles, coriander, snow peas and reserved marinade in a bowl and toss to combine.

Heat a char-grill pan or barbecue over high heat.

Thread the steak and lime leaves onto skewers and char-grill or barbecue for 3–4 minutes each side for medium rare or until cooked to your liking.

Divide the noodle salad among plates, sprinkle with the basil leaves and serve with the skewers.




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S Lloyd

Sunday 2nd of May 2010

Truely find interesting the idea of the Kaffir Lime. That zesty punch to the skewer will surely elevate the flavors. I lok forward to try this this summer.


Saturday 1st of May 2010

I love Donna hay for the same reasons. This looks fantastic!


Saturday 1st of May 2010

This was a great choice Denise - we really enjoyed it!

Marc @ NoRecipes

Friday 30th of April 2010

Looks perfect for a hot summer day. Things are really warming up here in NYC and I'm looking for lighter stuff that still going to fill me up.


Thursday 29th of April 2010

Rice noodles and I don't go back very far. This is something I've got to remedy, because I'll be making this recipe over the weekend. Thanks Denise!