Asian Steak Salad with Bok Choy

I swear this is the last of the Asiany foods for a while.

And ohhhh my is it a doozer.

I’ve rather enjoyed our little trip together! We’ve canoed through rivers of fish sauce. We’ve snorkeled in soy. We’ve climbed the ropes of vermicelli noodles. And today we shall bok the choy.


Wait! I lied. I just took a glance at my planner because something in my ticker was whispering, “youuuu whippersnapper, it’s not the last!” But who are you going to believe, me or my planner?!

That only made zero sense.

I wasn’t sure whether or not to call this is a salad, because everything is warm and seared and silky and wilted. But the dressing that you can BARELY see in that photo right under this word right here comes from a salad cookbook that my sister gave me a hundred years ago. So the salad thingy stuck.


And the dressing? Oh it will just karate chop your tongue. Garlic, ginger and all kinds of posh oils, soy sauce and sugar and lemon juice and yeaaaah you pretty much just got black belted.

Sear sear sear. Wilt wilt wilt. Simmer simmer simmer. Slice slice slice.

Skillet salad Shangri-La.

Your mom called. She said to go ahead and knock you out.

Asian Steak Salad with Bok Choy:

What it took for 2:

* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 pound flank steak
* 1 bunch bok choy, ends trimmed and sliced in half lengthwise
* 2 Tbs. peanut oil, divided
* 1-inch piece fresh ginger root, minced
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 tsp sugar
* 2 tsp sesame oil
* 2 Tbs. soy sauce
* 1 Tbs. lemon juice
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* black sesame seeds, for garnish (or regular)
* 1 scallion, thinly sliced for garnish
* 1 red chile pepper, sliced thinly for garnish (optional)

Heat the olive oil in a small cast iron skillet on medium high. Salt and pepper the steak on both sides and sear until your preferred doneness. I like mine about medium-rare, which was about 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat, tent and let rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the rest of the meal.

Back in the skillet, add 1 Tbs. peanut oil, along with the bok choy; sauté until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

Back in the skillet, add the other tsp of peanut oil. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté about 30 seconds. If you need to turn your heat down because that blasted cast iron is so dang hot, do so.

Then add the sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce and lemon juice to the skillet. Let it sizzle and bubble and simmer for about a minute. Stick your head over it for a quick Asian dressing facial steam.

Thinly slice the steak and arrange it on two plates with the divided bok choy. Drizzle the dressing over the plates, and garnish with sesame seeds, scallions and sliced pepper!

I need to tell you that my spell check changed “bok” to “boy” every single time. Boy choy. I think boy toy would have been more fun, SPELL CHECK.

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37 Responses to Asian Steak Salad with Bok Choy

  1. Rachel Cooks September 20, 2012 at 8:38 am #
    I haven't so much been into salads w/ this pregnancy but this definitely looks like a salad I could get down with!
  2. Cassie September 20, 2012 at 8:55 am #
    I just could not love this any more if I tried!
  3. Deborah September 20, 2012 at 8:58 am #
    Why yes, I am craving this for breakfast right now!!
  4. Brian @ A Thought For Food September 20, 2012 at 9:08 am #
    How do you cook so much? I'm just amazed. And it all looks so freakin' amazing!
  5. Christina September 20, 2012 at 9:27 am #
    Holy Moly!!! I love, love, love bok choy and you throw in some meat and slap my butt and call me Sally! I just got some weird looks for licking my computer screen! Screw them, they don't have the salad of love on their screen...pity them....
  6. Paula - bell'alimento September 20, 2012 at 9:27 am #
    Gurl. Drool. I'd like to know how you're so dang skinny ; ) This looks amazing and Bok Choy is just plain fun to say! xoxo
  7. JulieD September 20, 2012 at 9:28 am #
    Bev, gorgeous salad!! I want some! :)
  8. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. September 20, 2012 at 9:28 am #
    oh this looks too good girl! I LOVE Bok Choy!
  9. Ashley September 20, 2012 at 9:31 am #
    This is one sexy salad. Yes:I just called a salad sexy! I mean all that steak...!
  10. Becky B September 20, 2012 at 9:31 am #
    This looks so delicious!
  11. Laurie {Simply Scratch} September 20, 2012 at 9:37 am #
    Un-freaking-believable! Unhinge jaw... slide in the entire bowl! Damn.
  12. Ali | Gimme Some Oven September 20, 2012 at 9:38 am #
    WHOA. This looks crazy good. Don't stop with the Asian-y recipes!!! ;)
  13. Angela @ AnotherBitePlease September 20, 2012 at 10:31 am #
    Don't stop - I've been lovin' the asian recipes.
  14. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl September 20, 2012 at 11:21 am #
    Spicy. Salty. Sweet. Sour. Boom. Love it.
  15. Carlas Confections September 20, 2012 at 11:27 am #
    This salad looks incredible! I love asian foods!!!
  16. Carrie September 20, 2012 at 11:29 am #
    What do you mean when you say "tent" the meat? My tent sleeps 4, but that seems a little large for a steak...
    • Bev Weidner September 20, 2012 at 11:30 am #
      Hahahah! Just throw a sleeping bag on top then. ;) I just meant a little bit of foil over it while it rests!
  17. Katie @ Blonde Ambition September 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm #
    This sounds so simple (only beef & bok choy) but once ageeeeeen with the sauces! Delicious.
  18. Julie J September 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm #
    Ha, Ladies Love Cool J!
  19. j3nn September 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm #
    That looks delish! I love Asian flavors but haven't been brave enough to try cooking bok choy at home. This must change, soon! :)
  20. Sues September 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm #
    This looks like the most delicious salad EVER! SO SO beautiful!!!
  21. Tracey Evans September 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm #
    Oh my gosh, I love this!!!!! Photos are spectacular as always! :)
  22. GingerMae September 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm #
    You could show us Asain recipes every day as far as I'm concerned!
  23. Jen @ Savory Simple September 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm #
    That is one sexy plate of food!
  24. Katie September 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm #
    This is a salad for the books.
  25. Kevin (Closet Cooking) September 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm #
    This sounds nice and easy, healthy and tasty!
  26. Kiran @ September 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm #
    Delicious salad, Bev. I could eat this all day long!
  27. Krystal September 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm #
    I literally just laughed out loud at my desk reading this and then sent it to a friend, not only for the amazing looking recipe, but more for your hilarious writing!! You are too funny.
  28. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife January 6, 2013 at 7:47 pm #
    Must try this really soon. Just gorgeous!
  29. Tina October 30, 2013 at 8:27 am #
    It was good, I'd either dress up the bok Chou and steak a little more or double the sauce but I think that's more of a personal thing I like a lot of flavor! And that sauce is delish!
  30. danielle October 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm #
    I made this tonight with Whole 30 modifications. Coconut aminos for soy, coconut oil instead of peanut, no sugar + added some mushrooms and cilantro. It was completely delicious. Thanks, Bev!
  31. Erlene May 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm #
    This looks amazing! I've included it in a beef salad round-up with credit back to you.
  32. Jenny July 1, 2020 at 1:03 am #
    I made it without the sugar, because I’m diabetic. It was wonderful! I even added shiitake mushrooms.


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