Thai Nam Tok Recipe

Authentic Thai Dish that is commonly eaten with a variety of other dishes and often served with white rice.

Thai Nam Tok Recipe

Thai Nam Tok Recipe (Beef Waterfall Salad)


Prep Time \ Cook Time \ Total Time

  1 hour   \   45 mins   \   1 hour 45 min


Thai Nam Tok is a grilled meat dish, tossed in various flavors of fish sauce, lime juice, chili flakes, shallots, green onion, and herbs. This dish is usually eaten with a variety of other dishes and served with sticky rice.  



  • 1.5 lbs beef
  • 1  tbsp ground peppercorn medley
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce

1 Plate – Beef Salad:

  • 1.5 lbs beef; grilled, and thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp cashews, plus extra (optional); roasted, and ground
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 pinches of coconut sugar (optional)
  • ½ tbsp dry chili flakes
  • 1.5 tbsp lime juice (more if desired)
  • 4 shallots
  • 1 green onion stem
  • Two small handfuls of cilantro; chopped
  • Mint (for garnish)
  • ½ tbsp olive oil


Grilled Beef:

  1. Marinate beef in peppercorn medley and soy sauce 45-60 minutes.
  2. Grill beef on medium to high heat for 6-8 minutes on each side, until meat is medium rare or medium.
  3. Rest beef on a plate for 5-10 minutes once it was cooked to your liking.
  4. Slice the beef against the grain into thin strips.

Nam Tok Salad:

  1. Roast cashews, set aside to cool, then grind in a food processor.
  2. Peel shallots, dice, then saute in olive oil; set aside.
  3. Dice the green onion, and pluck mint leaves; set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, add grilled beef, fish sauce, coconut sugar, chili flakes, lime juice, shallots, and green onion.
  5. Toss together all ingredients. Add more lime juice and fish sauce if desired.
  6. Garnish with toasted ground cashews and mint leaves.   

Side Note:

Sauteed carrots and bok choy are a perfect addition to this beef salad.

  • 5 carrots; sliced in half, then chopped in diagonal chunks
  • 6 pieces of big bok choy

Saute in 2 tbsp of garlic olive oil until tender

Arrange around the beef salad.

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