Spicy Steak Salad Boats with a Fried Noodle Slaw

These spicy steak salad boats are an easy lunch or dinner idea!

The Deets

Colorful and delicious dinner (or lunch) idea for you: spicy steak salad boats with a fried noodle slaw and a Thai-inspired peanut sauce. I used European Beef from Ireland for the protein in this because their hanger steaks are such high quality, and so so tender. There’s several steps involved with this meal but to start, you’re going to marinate your beef in a plastic bag for at least 2 hours or overnight. The more you marinate the more flavor it’ll get! One of my favorite parts of this recipe is the peanut sauce. My secret ingredient for the peanut sauce is actually balsamic vinegar… it adds such rich flavor to the sauce and pairs really well with the peanuts. Once you’re ready to cook your steaks, do so until your desired temp (I cooked mine medium rare, so it’s about 3-4 minutes each side). Then you’ll assemble your boats, which is the fun part! You’ll add your coleslaw, and steak to the cabbage boat and top with peanut sauce! Finish everything off with a little sriracha, peanut sauce and whatever other toppings you like! If you enjoyed this recipe check out some my steak flatbread recipe here!

Spicy Steak Salad Boats with a Fried Noodle Slaw

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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 (optional)

  • Scallions
  • Fried rice Vermicelli Noodles
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sriracha


  • Make your marinade by combining all ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until smooth and combined. Wash meat and pat dry. Add meat to a plastic bag and pour over marinade. Let marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • 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.
  • Remove steak from marinade and pat dry. Season with pepper. You might need to slice steak in half lengthwise as the pieces are 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
  • 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 slices of your steak. Add any toppings you like and drizzle everything with peanut sauce. Enjoy

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I’m Abigail, a creative director, home cook and content creator living in Brooklyn. I love making the easy stuff with a twist and yes, I eat a lot of toast. This is where I share my latest recipes, so please make yourself at home.