Beef skewers

You can’t beat the taste of barbecued food – why not try something different by making beef skewers with a chilli marinade and serving with Japanese salad made with rice noodles and mangetout.
Serves: 4
Prep time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs: Mid-price


    • 750g (1½lb) rump steak, trimmed of fat and cut into 24 even-sized chunks
    • 8 kaffir lime leaves or bay leaves

For the marinade/ salad dressing:

    • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and chopped
    • Good pinch of golden caster sugar
    • 1 tbsp fish sauce
    • 2 tbsp lime juice or Japanese rice wine (mirin)
    • 4 tbsp peanut oil or rapeseed oil

For the salad:

    • 150g (5oz) Thai dried rice noodles (we used Sharwoods)
    • 100g (3½oz) mangetout, sliced lengthways into 3 strands
    • 8 metal skewers


    1. To make the marinade/salad dressing: Mix the ingredients together in a jug. Pour half of it into a shallow dish. Add the pieces of steak, coat well and leave to marinate in a cool place for about 30 mins. Set aside the rest of the marinade for the salad dressing.
    1. To make the salad: Put the noodles into a bowl. Pour over enough boiling water to cover them and leave to soak for 5 mins. Put the mangetout in a bowl and pour boiling water over and leave for 3 mins. Drain and rinse the noodles and mangetout under cold running water. Mix them with the dressing in a bowl.
    1. Thread a leaf, then 3 pieces of steak, on to each skewer and barbecue or griddle them for about 1 min on each side (so 4 mins in all for medium rare) or until cooked to your liking. Divide the salad between the 4 plates and serve with the skewers.

Nutritional information per portion

fat 19.0g saturates 4.0g calories 481(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.