Donna Hay’s Chilli and Kaffir Lime Beef (stir fry)


I was so happy to see that Denise at Chez Us has resurrected the Hay Hay it’s Donna Day! event after a bit of a break.  I was even happier to see the recipe she chose for the relaunch of this monthly event – an easy weeknight meal that doesn’t taste like it only took you 30 minutes – Chilli and Kaffir Lime Beef Skewers.

Unfortunately, this week month has been completely crazy and I didn’t get a chance to make these on skewers as per the original recipe but tonight I found myself with a lovely piece of flank steak, some yellow and red peppers and a bit of broccoli waiting to be used up.  A stir fry was in order, I decided!

As Denise promised, it was quick to make the marinade and I really enjoyed the flavours – though (and I can’t believe I am saying this!) I could have added a little more spice!  I followed the marinade and noodle recipe below but when it came to cooking the beef, I stir fried it with the peppers and broccoli for a wonderfully light but very tasty easy weeknight meal.  What could be better?  LOVE Donna Hay!



Chilli and Kaffir Lime Beef Skewers

*recipe permission from Donna Hay


1 small red chilli, chopped
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
¼ cup (60ml) peanut oil
700g rump steak, cut into pieces-
6 kaffir lime leaves, blanched
noodle salad
150g dried rice vermicelli noodles
¼ cup coriander (cilantro) leaves
100g snow peas (mange tout), sliced and blanched
basil leaves, to serve

Marinade the beef: Place the chilli, fish sauce, lime juice and peanut oil in a bowl and stir to combine. Place the steak in a bowl, pour over half the lime marinade and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

To make the noodle salad: Place the noodles in a bowl, cover with boiling water and soak for 6–8 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water. Place the noodles, coriander, snow peas and reserved marinade in a bowl and toss to combine. Heat a char-grill pan or barbecue over high heat. Thread the steak and lime leaves onto skewers and char-grill or barbecue for 3–4 minutes each side for medium rare or until cooked to your liking. Divide the noodle salad among plates, sprinkle with the basil leaves and serve with the skewers.
Serves 4.


Verdict?  This will definitely be added to my list of “go to” recipes this summer – I love that I can already see many different ways to adapt and modify but still keep it simple.


35 Responses to Donna Hay’s Chilli and Kaffir Lime Beef (stir fry)

  1. Jamie April 30, 2010 at 05:35 #

    Ooh saw this over on Denise’s blog but didn’t make it. Now I must! What fabulous flavors…a perfect meal!

  2. Mr. Neil April 30, 2010 at 07:19 #

    How ironic: I did not call for any additional spice at all last night. Not even a touch of ground pepper or sea salt.

    Other than Mardi’s giant-sized chunks that required several mounthfuls…it was yummy.

  3. bunkycooks April 30, 2010 at 07:57 #

    My kind of dish! A little bit of Thai with the heat and lime flavors. I will remember this dish>

  4. 5 Star Foodie April 30, 2010 at 08:45 #

    My husband just asked me to make a summery dish with Asian flavors and this is absolutely perfect! Will be making it tonight!

  5. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction April 30, 2010 at 09:43 #

    Love this recipe! It looks wonderful… Definitely a recipe that I will try!

  6. K a b l o o e y April 30, 2010 at 11:02 #

    Sounds like a winner! But if you need more spice, I will too, I’d imagine. No matter — I like the whole concept of 30 minute meals that taste like they took more time.

  7. Divina May 1, 2010 at 08:39 #

    This is a flavorful and lip-smacking dish that is perfect for anytime of the day. I love Donna Hay too.

  8. Meghan@traveleatlove May 1, 2010 at 11:06 #

    Looks like one of my favorite combinations of flavors!

  9. Casey Angelova May 1, 2010 at 16:03 #

    An Australian friend of mine got me turned onto Donna Hay. It is funny how Americans can tend to live in their own culinary bubble.

  10. Carolyn Jung May 1, 2010 at 23:32 #

    If only I had a bigger backyard, I’d be planting a kaffir lime tree. My friend has one, and the fragrance is just mind-blowing. So lovely. I wish my whole house could smell like that — or your splendid beef dish. 😉

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite May 4, 2010 at 21:30 #

      Oooh – I would love a kaffir lime tree – I don’t know how well it would do under my not so green thumb! And yes, the house smelled amazing!

  11. Elizabeth May 2, 2010 at 05:01 #

    How great is Donna Hay! I must look further into this Hay Hay it’s Donna Day stuff…. I always cook Donna Hay recipes and I am never let down.

  12. Conor @ HoldtheBeef May 2, 2010 at 07:03 #

    You’ve succeeded in making beef look appetising to me. Not sure I’d follow through and eat it with my mouth but I’m very happy to eat it with my eyes.

  13. Belinda @zomppa May 2, 2010 at 14:38 #

    LOVE keffir lime!!! Great stir fry.

  14. penny aka jeroxie May 3, 2010 at 02:03 #

    Good old donna hay….

  15. Tracey@Tangled Noodle May 3, 2010 at 10:16 #

    I must try this marvelous recipe! This also reminds me that I need to acquaint myself with various leaves such as kaffir and curry that I’ve seen in so many recipes. Although they’re sometimes given as ‘optional’, I can’t help but feel that I’m really missing essential flavors by not adding them. I need to go leaf-gathering . . .

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite May 4, 2010 at 21:22 #

      We found these awesome dried leaves you simply “rehydrate” in boiling water – so convenient! I agree that the flavour such “optional leaves” brings is worthwhile!

  16. Chez Us May 5, 2010 at 19:33 #


    I am soooo HAPPY that you participated in HHDD this month. I love that you added the peppers to this dish. I, too, thought it would be great as a stir fry. One of the things I love about Donna recipes is the nice Asian influence, particularly Thai. I will have a round-up posted this week!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite May 8, 2010 at 08:28 #

      Denise thanks so much for organising the HHDD event! I am excited to see what next month brings!


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