Peppery watercress and seared beef chunks make for an out-of-the-ordinary midweek meal. To save time, quickly marinate the meat while you prepare the rest of the salad. This delicious dinner salad calls for thinly sliced red onion, but you could incorporate other ingredients like mushrooms or bell pepper. Just remember the steak marinade is a mixture of soy sauce and fish sauce, so select vegetables that match the flavors of Asia. To look at the recipe,


Beef With Onions and Watercress

Beef With Onions and Watercress


  1. 3/4 pound thickly cut steak, such as New York Strip or rib eye
  2. 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  3. 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  4. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  6. For the Watercress Salad:
  7. 2 tablespoons vinegar, any kind
  8. 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  9. 1 teaspoon sugar
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  12. 1/2 cup very thin red onion slices
  13. 2 cups bite-sized leaves or torn pieces of watercress, fresh spinach, or leaf lettuce
  14. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  15. 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic


  1. To marinate the beef, begin by cutting it into big, bite-sized chunks, about 1 inch square.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, and pepper and stir well. Add the beef, toss to coat it evenly, and set aside for 20 to 30 minutes while you make the salad.
  3. To make the watercress salad, combine the vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl and stir well. Add the onion slices and toss to coat them with the dressing. Add the watercress to the bowl but don't toss it yet.
  4. To cook the beef, heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a large, heavy skillet over high heat until a bit of garlic sizzles at once. Add the beef and let it cook on one side, undisturbed, for 1 to 2 minutes, until nicely browned. Shake the pan to turn the meat and cook on the other side the same way. Continue cooking, shaking and searing the meat, until evenly browned and done to your liking.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside while you prepare the serving platter. Toss the watercress to coat it with the dressing, and arrange it on a small serving platter. Scoop up the steak, pile it in the center of the watercress salad, and serve hot or warm.

Serves 4.

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