Spicy Steak Cabbage Boats

A white platter filled with spicy steak cabbage boats.
Photo Credit: Abigail Harris-Shea.

We all still need a good dinner to get us through the week. This delicious recipe from Bord Bia, The Irish Food Board, and Abigail Harris-Shea of Bon Appetit is a fabulous option for dinner tonight.

This Asian-inspired recipe uses creamy peanut butter in the marinade with other fresh ingredients.

Spicy Steak Cabbage Boats 

by Bord Bia in partnership with Abigail Harris-Shea of Bon Appetite

The Marinade:

  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic
  • 2 8oz Grain-Fortified Beef Hanger Steaks

The Peanut Sauce:

  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili garlic
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup crunchy peanut butter

The Rest:

  • Purple cabbage
  • 1 cup coleslaw mix
  • 1 carrot, shaved thin
  • Cilantro
  • Radish, sliced into matchsticks
  • Fried rice Vermicelli Noodles (optional)

Toppings (All Are Optional/Up To Your Preference):

  • Scallions
  • Fried rice Vermicelli Noodles
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sriracha
A closeup of a spicy steak cabbage boat.
Photo Credit: Abigail Harris-Shea.

Step 1: Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until smooth and combined. Wash the meat and pat dry. Add meat to a plastic bag and pour over the marinade. Let marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Step 2: Make peanut sauce by combining ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until smooth and creamy. Add coleslaw mix, cilantro, fried noodles (if using), radish, and shaved carrots to a bowl. Add a few tbsp of the peanut sauce over top and mix to combine.

Step 3: Remove steak from marinade and pat dry. Season with pepper. You might need to slice the steak in half lengthwise as the pieces are too long for a pan. Add a little oil to a pan, and then add your steak. Cook for about 3-4 min per side for medium rare. Set aside and let rest. Slice.

Step 4: Prep any toppings you like and slice cabbage in half. Remove the core and pick off the large leaves for your cups. Add cabbage mixture to each cup and then top with a few steak slices. Add any toppings you like, and drizzle everything with peanut sauce. Enjoy!

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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