Grilled Lemongrass Beef Skewers Recipe

January 14, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Grilled Lemongrass Beef Skewers Recipe

The Grilled Lemongrass Beef Skewers Recipe is a highly favored dish in Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Known as sach ko jakak, these grilled beef skewers are a popular street food in Cambodia, contributing to their widespread popularity. The dish features thinly sliced beef marinated in a flavorful blend of ingredients, making it a delicious and aromatic culinary experience.

To prepare the dish, gather 2 lbs of thinly sliced beef and marinate it with a mixture of water, palm sugar or brown sugar, oyster sauce, fish sauce or soy sauce, minced lemongrass, galangal, garlic, shredded kaffir lime leaves, vegetable oil, crushed red chili pepper (optional), crushed peanuts (optional), lemon juice, turmeric, and paprika (optional for color). The inclusion of these ingredients infuses the beef with a rich and savory flavor profile.

For the accompanying papaya salad, combine shredded green papaya, shredded carrot, thinly sliced fresh ginger, minced garlic, fish sauce, salt, sugar, vinegar, and fresh jalapeño pepper. It’s recommended to prepare the salad the night before for optimal taste. Skewers should be soaked for 30 minutes before threading the marinated meat onto them. Optionally, brush Yoshida sauce on the beef skewers at the end for additional color.

After marinating the beef overnight or for at least 4 hours, thread the meat onto skewers and grill on medium heat. If desired, brush the grilled skewers with Yoshida sauce for enhanced color. The Grilled Lemongrass Beef Skewers can be served with rice or bread, providing a versatile and satisfying dining experience.

In conclusion, this recipe offers a delightful blend of textures and flavors, making it a sought-after dish in various Asian culinary traditions. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with rice, the Grilled Lemongrass Beef Skewers promise a savory and aromatic treat for those who appreciate the distinct taste of lemongrass-infused grilled beef.


2 lbs of good beef thinly sliced
3 tablespoon of water
2 tablespoon of palm sugar or brown sugar
3 tablespoon of oyster sauce
2 tablespoon of fish sauce or soy sauce
1/2 cup of minced lemongrass
1 tablespoon of galangal
4 cloves of garlic
2 to 3 kaffir lime leaves shredded
3 tablespoon of vegetable oil (help the meat softer)
1 tablespoon of crush red chili pepper (optional)
1/4 cup of crush peanuts (optional some people like it)
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1/4 tablespoon of turmeric
1/4 tablespoon of paprika (optional good color)

For papaya salad

Shredded green papaya
Shredded carrot
Thinly sliced fresh ginger
Minced garlic
Fish sauce
Fresh jalapeño pepper thinly sliced if you don’t like spicy take seeds out
Make this salad the night before or it won’t taste good

Directions to make Grilled Lemongrass Beef Skewers Recipe

  1. Skewers soak for 30 minutes before thread the meat to grill
  2. Yoshida sauce if needed at the end to brush on beef skewers for color (optional)
  3. In mortar pound lemongrass, garlic, galangal, kaffir lime leaves and turmeric to paste.
  4. Marinate the beef with lemongrass paste and the rest of ingredients overnight or at least 4 hours. Thread meat in skewers. Grill beef on medium heat and when ready brush with some of Yoshida sauce for color.

Serve it with rice or bread.

Thank you and enjoy it.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Calories Per Serving: 744

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏50g 18%
Total Fat ‏52g 67%
Saturated Fat ‏9g 45%
Dietary Fiber ‏3g 11%
Protein ‏20g 40%
Sodium ‏3197mg 139%
Sugars ‏27g 54%


30 min


30 min




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