Grilled Thai-Style Steak Tacos with Crunchy Slaw

Grilled Thai-Style Steak Tacos

Holy fusion tacos. These Grilled Thai-Style Steak Tacos are DELICIOUS!

I absolutely love a good thai-style steak salad. Tangy, spicy, and salty beef with a big salad filled with crunchy veggies like cucumber and onion and then topped with aromatic herbs like mint and cilantro! What a dream. 

I had some leftover nuoc cham sauce, a mixture of water, sugar, lime juice, and fish sauce, creating the base that’s a staple of Vietnamese flavor. Now, I realize Nuoc Cham is vietnamese, but it’s also super similar to the dressing typically used in thai-steak salads.  I wanted to find a way to use it a few weeks ago and thought it’d be fun to do some grilled steak tacos with some delicious, crunchy vegetable slaw. When it’s all said and done, it’s got the essence of a thai-steak salad, but in a fun taco-twist. You know, because why not turn it into a taco? 🙂

Grilled Thai-Style Steak Tacos

I think you guys will just love this delicious summer taco recipe and it will be one to really step up your summer grilling game with something a little new and funky. 

Grilled Thai-Style Steak Tacos

My favorite part about these Grilled Thai-Style Steak Tacos is the crunchy slaw made by combining fresh, crunchy veggies and the tangy, bright sauce. They almost taste slightly pickled with all the tang from the sauce. I love the combination of the savory steak with the crunchy veggies, then topped off with the fresh herbs and I am just in heaven eating tacos!!


Grilled Thai Style Steak Tacos with Crunchy Slaw

Serves: 4
5 from 1 vote


For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Red Boat Fish Sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1-3 birds eye chiles very thinly sliced (1 for mild, 3 for hot)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

For the Steak:

  • 1.5 lbs flap meat or skirt steak (cut into 3 smaller pieces so that they grill more evenly)
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

For Crunchy Slaw:

  • 1 cup red onion, thinly sliced about 1/2 small onion
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots about 1/2 large carrot
  • 1 cup english cucumber, sliced in half lengthwise and thinly sliced about 1/4 english cucumber
  • 1 cup watermelon radish, peeled and cut into matchsticks you can use regular radishes or daikon radishes

For serving:

  • 8 tortillas I like Siete brand
  • cilantro, for serving
  • thai basil, for serving
  • lime, cut into wedges


Make the Sauce:

  • In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and set aside until ready to serve. [This sauce keeps up to 3 months in the fridge].

Marinade the Steak:

  • Depending on the thickness of your meat, pound until it is 1/2 inch thick.
  • Place the meat in a large ziploc bag or baking dish. Marinade with avocado oil, salt, pepper, coconut aminos, fish sauce, coriander, cumin and garlic. Toss to coat evenly. Let the steak marinade for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours in fridge.

Make the Crunchy Slaw:

  • In a large bowl, add all of the slaw ingredients. Pour 1/4 cup of the Nuoc Chom sauce on top and set aside until ready to serve.

Make the Tacos:

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat (about 400-450 degrees F).
  • Place the steak on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until the steak is cooked medium. Remove steak from grill and let rest for 10-15 minutes. Slice steak thinly, against the grain.
  • Assemble tacos with steak and top with slaw. Serve with a wedge of lime and remaining Nuoc Chom sauce. Top with cilantro and thai basil. Enjoy!


  • Reply
    June 6, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    5 stars
    Love this recipe.

    So many flavors!!
    We have decided to make this into a rice/cauliflower bowl to soak up the delicious sauce – always a crowd pleaser!

  • Reply
    January 30, 2021 at 4:48 am

    Looks delish! For the steak: 1.5 lbs flap meat or skirt steak cut into 3 1/2 pound pieces – can you clarify what this means?

    • Reply
      March 1, 2022 at 7:56 pm

      Cut the steak into 3 pieces 1/2 lb. each (1.5 lbs. total).

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    October 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    my goodness – made th https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/74ba98637756ee4fae47b0af723a9605c34dd8578ab718b45ae33446dbd4d163.jpg ese tonight and they were the biggest hit!! so delicious, my husband couldn’t stop picking the steak off the grill. delicious sauce and slaw, and used the Siete cashew flour tortillas. can’t wait to make this again!

    • Reply
      October 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

      I am delighted to hear that you and your hubby loved them 🙂

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