River Cottage Australia



Tender flank steak served on a lush bed of Asian salad topped with a delightful buttermilk green sauce.


  • 1kg skirt or flank steak

  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes

  • 2 tbsp rice bran or vegetable oil, plus extra

  • 10-15 firm small lettuce cups, such as cos

  • 1 cup green sauce, to serve (see recipe)

  • 1 ½ cups jasmine rice

  • Buttermilk dressing

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 tbsp finely chopped chives

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • ½ eschallot onion, finely chopped

  • Green Sauce

  • 1 large bunch spring onions, thinly sliced diagonally

  • 1/2 bunch English spinach, finely chopped

  • 3-4cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated

  • 1/3 cup rice bran or grapeseed oil

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil

  • 2 tsp Shaoxing rice wine or mirin

  • ½ tsp sea salt


  • 1.

    Combine steak, apple cider vinegar, garlic, salt and oil in a non-reactive bowl and marinate 3 hours or overnight.

  • 2.

    In a medium large saucepan, cover rice with about 1cm cold water, cover with a lid and cook rice 12-15 minutes, until just cooked. Add a little more water if needed and cook another 5 minutes.

  • 3.

    To make buttermilk dressing, in a medium bowl or jar with lid, whisk (or shake) together all ingredients until well combined. Add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  • 4.

    To cook steak, heat a large frypan over a high heat. Pat steak dry with kitchen paper and drizzle with a little oil to coat. Cook steak on medium-high heat, 2-3 minutes each side, until just done. Let meat rest 5 minutes.

  • 5.

    Slice beef against the grain into 5-10mm thick slices, then transfer to a platter to serve. Place the lettuce cups, buttermilk dressing and green sauce in bowls and offer cooked white rice. Wrap beef, rice, green sauce and buttermilk dressing in lettuce cups to eat.

  • Green Sauce:

  • 1.

    Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Taste and test seasoning, adding a little more salt if needed. Let sit at least 10 minutes, serve on jersey veal lettuce cups or with a simple steak or beef.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

  • Energy 276kj
  • Fat Total 13g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Protein 20g
  • Carbohydrate 19g
  • Sugar 2g
  • Sodium 396mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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