Grilled Skirt Steak and Hearts of Palm Salad

Grilled Skirt Steak and Hearts of Palm Salad
Photo: Con Poulos
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins

Something wonderful happens when a skirt steak slathered in red curry paste hits a hot grill: it sizzles into spicy complexity, the ingredients uniting for one compact punch. Pair the sliced meat with grilled hearts of palm, and toss with fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, and thin rice noodles that offer just enough heft to turn this Thai-inspired salad into a complete meal.


  • 4 teaspoons red curry paste, such as Maesri

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for brushing and grill

  • 12 ounces skirt steak, cut cross-wise into 4 even pieces

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest, plus ¼ cup fresh juice (from 2 limes)

  • 1 tablespoon packed light-brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 6 ounces rice vermicelli

  • 1 jar (15 ounces) hearts of palm, drained, each halved lengthwise

  • 1 ½ cups halved cherry tomatoes

  • ½ cup fresh herb leaves, such as cilantro and basil

  • 4 cups packed mizuna or mixed Asian greens


  1. Whisk together 1 tablespoon each curry paste and oil. Season steak with salt and rub all over with curry mixture. Transfer to a resealable bag and let stand, massaging occasionally, 10 minutes (or refrigerate up to 1 day).

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together lime zest and juice, sugar, fish sauce, and remaining 1 teaspoon curry and 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt.

  3. Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling water until just tender, about 2 minutes; drain. Rinse under cold water; drain well.

  4. Heat grill to high. Brush grates with oil. Grill steak, flipping once, until charred in places and a thermometer inserted into thickest parts registers 125°F for medium-rare, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil. Meanwhile, brush hearts of palm lightly with oil. Grill, flipping once, until charred in places, 1 to 2 minutes total. Transfer to plate and brush with 1 tablespoon fish-sauce dressing. Let steak rest 10 minutes, then slice against the grain.

  5. To serve, toss tomatoes, vermicelli, and herbs with three-quarters of dressing and any accumulated steak juices. Season with salt and pepper. Divide greens among 4 plates; top with vermicelli mixture, hearts of palm, and steak. Drizzle remaining dressing over top.

Cook's Notes

A resealable bag is an effective and space-efficient way to get the most out of a short marinade time.

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