Jaew Sauce for Crying Tiger Steak

Crying Tiger

We’re transporting you to Thailand with our crying tiger recipe!

Thai food is one of our favorite types of cuisine. 

We love how food from Thailand awakes all of your tastebuds. It’s sweet, sour, spicy and savory all in one bite!

We spent about two weeks in Thailand a number of years ago. 

Together we savoured the coastal flavors while in Krabi in Southern Thailand.

We noshed on street food in bustling Bangkok.

And we took a Thai cooking class while nestled in the mountains of Chiang Mai.

You can read about all of our Asian travels in the travel guides section of our website which includes foodie travel guides to over 50 destinations around the world.

Crying Tiger Flat Iron Recipe

We’re dying to return back to Thailand for another getaway, but in the meantime, we’ve been cooking Thai food at home.

When Omaha Steaks shipped us some gorgeous flat iron steaks, we decided it was time to make one of our favorite spicy Thai recipes: crying tiger beef.

Also known as suea rong hai, traditionally crying tiger beef is made with brisket. 

Our marinade can be used on any cut of beef, but we choose a flat iron for the tenderness of the meat paired with the bolder flavor.

Crying Tiger Flat Iron Recipe

This dish is great served on rice with fresh slices of cucumber and herbs and a dollop of coconut cream to tame the spiciness of the dish.

We also decided to stuff some of the tiger cry flat iron steak into baguettes for a Thai twist on a Vietnamese banh mi.

Now that’s what we call Asian fusion!

Crying Tiger Flat Iron Banh Mi Recipe

Crying tiger marinade

Ingredients:

  • 2 Omaha Steaks flat iron steak filets
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Mix together all marinade ingredients and let the beef marinate for at least one hour.

Or you may want to sous vide your beef in the marinade like we did. 

Learn how to sous vide a flat iron steak in this post.

Jaew sauce

Spicy jaew sauce

In order to not overwhelm the steak in spice, jaew is a spicy thai chili sauce and it is meant for dipping.

This sauce calls for some less common ingredients.

We found the roasted rice powder at our local Asian market (Austinites, they carry this at MT Supermarket, but not at Ranch 99), but you can also order this online through Amazon.

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar 
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sticky rice powder 
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped 
  • 1 tbsp dried red chili flakes (or 2 small Fresh Thai chilis), finely minced

Mix together in a small bowl. Serve as a dipping sauce for your beef.

Tip: Adjust the amount of Thai chilis used in this recipe for your desired spice level.

Serve your beef with fresh mint and cilantro and this spicy and flavorful jaew sauce.

Enjoy this spicy kick full of sour and herbaceous flavors!

Jaew Sauce

Jaew Sauce

Yield: 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A spicy Thai sauce for crying tiger beef.

Ingredients

  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sticky rice powder
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried red chili flakes (or 2 small Fresh Thai chilis), finely minced

Instructions

    Mix together in a small bowl. Serve as a dipping sauce for your crying tiger beef.

Notes

Tip: Adjust the amount of Thai chilis used in this recipe for your desired spice level.

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Spicy Jaew Sauce - Thai Crying Tiger Beef

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