ribbon beef skewers with radish pickles and smashed cucumber

Ribbon beef skewers with radish pickles and smashed cucumber

  • serves 2
  • Easy

A perfect quick and easy healthy dinner idea for two, these chargrilled sirloin steak skewers with spicy smashed cucumbers are low calorie but high in protein



soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • rice vinegar
  • garlic
 1 clove, crushed
  • chilli flakes
  • thin cut surloin 200g, trimmed of all fat
  • cucumber 1 small, seeded and chopped
  • radishes 50g, trimmed
  • cooked rice noodles to serve
  • toasted sesame seeds to serve
  • coriander leaves to serve


  • Step 1

    Mix 1 tsp each of soy, sesame oil and rice vinegar, add half the garlic and a pinch of chilli flakes. Cut the steak into 3cm-long strips, against the grain of the meat. Add to a dish in a single layer, then pour over the marinade and leave for at least 30 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Bash the cucumber pieces with the side of a cleaver or large knife, to break the skins and flatten them a little. Sit them in a sieve over a bowl or sink and sprinkle over ½ tsp salt. Leave to drain for 20 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Cut the radishes into small matchsticks or slices and pour over 2 tbsp rice vinegar and a pinch of salt

  • Step 4

    Rinse the cucumber well in cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper. Toss in a bowl with ½ tsp sesame oil, the remaining garlic, ½ tsp soy sauce and another pinch of chilli flakes.

  • Step 5

    Remove the steak from the marinade and thread onto skewers in a concertina. Heat a grill pan to hot and sear the steak for 2 minutes on each side until lightly charred.

  • Step 6

    Serve the skewers with some rice noodles, smashed cucumber and pickled radish. Scatter with sesame seeds and coriander.

Cook's note: If you can’t get thin-cut sirloin, buy a thin steak and bash it out between two sheets of clingfilm to an even thickness of around ½ cm.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 168
  • Fat 7.8g
  • Saturates 2.5g
  • Carbs 3.4g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Fibre 1.2g
  • Protein 20.4g
  • Salt 1.3g