Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad

Zesty Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad ( Low Carb & Low Fat!)Amazing Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad, packed with flavor, yet easy on the waistline!

Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad ( Low Carb & Low Fat!)

The Lesson of Fish Sauce:

As I was preparing dinner one evening, I opened my bottle of fish sauce and was slapped in the face with a pungent reminder that things are not always as they seem. You’ve heard the old saying, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. I ‘d like to add to this train of thought, and share a profound new quote for all to ponder… Don’t judge a sauce by it’s smell.

Deep, isn’t it?

I know, I know. This goes against your better judgment. Conventional wisdom says milk, herbs, oil, and pretty much everything else, should be thrown out if it smells bad.

Yet with fish sauce, the more putrid and filthy it smells, the better the fish sauce. And let me tell you, mine truly provides a heinous stench that fills the kitchen.

Making Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad ( Low Carb & Low Fat!)

Fish sauce is a wonderfully flavorful ingredient, used all over Eastern Asia.

It adds a distinct savory essence that can not be replicated with any other ingredient. The smell diminishes as you cook it, leaving a strong but appealing aroma.

How To Make Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad ( Low Carb & Low Fat!)


The fact is, if you have ever eaten good quality Southeast Asian food, it’s almost certain you’ve unknowingly eaten fish sauce. It is a widely popular condiment for adding depth of flavor, used in many countries, especially in Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.

Healthy Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad ( Low Carb & Low Fat!)

It’s easy to get comfortable with what you know, and never allow your horizons to be broadened.

One of my favorite parts of teaching my old cooking class, was hearing a person say they enjoyed a dish we’ve cooked; something they previously believed to be inedible.

Vibrant Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad ( Low Carb & Low Fat!)

All I ask is that you try to be open-minded after opening a bottle of odorous fish sauce. Who knows what this new receptiveness might lead to!

This vibrant Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad is a fabulously low carb and low fat dinner that showcases the intrigues of fish sauce.

Perfect Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad ( Low Carb & Low Fat!)

Asian-style tacos are really trendy right now.

Try putting Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad inside wheat tortillas!

Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad ( Low Carb & Low Fat!)
5 from 3 votes

Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad

Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad - Light, low carb, and full of poppy asian flavors. This healthy dish makes an amazing dinner for those on lower carb diets.
Servings: 4 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 470mg 20%
Potassium 954mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 13g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 341.7%
Vitamin C 127.1%
Calcium 26.1%
Iron 16.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 ½ pounds sirloin
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions, mostly whites
  • Zest of 1 large lime, or 2 small limes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions, greens
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon chili-garlic sauce or sriracha
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 large head of bok choy
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onions
  • 3 carrots, shaved into ribbons
  • ½ cup thinly sliced basil leaves


  1. Partially thaw the beef sirloin (or if it’s fresh, flash freeze it for 30 minutes) so that it is still firm, but a knife can cut through it. This helps to keep the meat from moving around while cutting it thin! Cut the sirloin in half, length-wise. Slice each half into very thin (1mm) pieces.
  2. Mix 2 tablespoons of scallion whites, lime zest, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, soy and sugar in a medium bowl. Toss in the raw sirloin and allow it to marinate for at least 30 minutes—but up to 4 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the peanut oil, lime juice, 2 tablespoons scallions, chili sauce, salt, and sugar. Whisk the dressing well.
  4. Cut the green leaves off of the bok choy. Hand-tear them into bite size pieces. Then thinly slice the white stalks of the bok choy. Place both on a large serving bowl. Slice the red onions very thin. Using a veggie peeler, shave the 3 carrots to make carrot ribbons.
  5. Roll the basil leaves tightly, then slice them into thin strips. Sprinkle all the veggies on top of the bok choy.
  6. Drain the marinade from the beef. Heat a wok or large skillet to high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and wait until it smokes. Then add half the beef to the wok—stirring continuously. Cook for 1-2 minutes until desired doneness is reached. Then repeat with the second half of the beef.
  7. Once the beef is cooked, toss the salad with the dressing and top it with the stir-fried beef. Serve immediately.

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61 comments on “Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad

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  2. Sarahposted February 10, 2012 at 10:26 am Reply

    YUM! This was so tasty! And thank you so much for providing the recipe for the first ever meal prepared by me, that my fiance liked =)

  3. Mrs. Craftyposted September 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm Reply

    I might give it a go. I’m sure my house has smelled worse than a little fish sauce. :) Between the husband, teenage son and two dogs, not to mention all the garlic we LOVE to cook with. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Marie Coleposted September 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm Reply

    Yep I agree about fish sauce…It makes all the difference to cook with, but don’t smell it. ;)

  5. GastroStuposted August 18, 2011 at 3:07 am Reply

    Great looking dish, perfect for a summer lunch :)

  6. I’m so glad you brought this recipe around again because I never saw it the first time and I LOVE it. I’m a huge fan of all those ingredients (fresh ginger makes me swoon). I’ll be making this for sure.

  7. marlaposted April 22, 2011 at 7:17 am Reply

    Ah yes, you cannot inhale fish sauce too deeply but it does add amazing flavor. Beautiful recipe :)

  8. Magic of Spiceposted April 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm Reply

    Very true about fish sauce, lol…Great looking salad!

  9. A Little Yumminessposted April 21, 2011 at 10:13 am Reply

    I hear you on the fish sauce smell…I often end up using soy :). Looks so so so YUM!!

  10. [email protected]posted April 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm Reply

    Oh that beef…wow…I am absolutely loving this. I am surely going to try this variety :)

  11. Julianaposted April 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm Reply

    Your beef bok choy salad looks perfect…nicely done, and you made me laugh about the fish sauce…I know exactly what you mean hehehe! Hope you are having a great week Sommer :-)