Laab - Thai Ground Beef Salad

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Wonderful fast summer or anytime meal that comes together quickly once you have your ingredients prepped. Mise en place very helpful with this dish. From Taste of Thai - thank you! Use a nice butter lettuce for this - core the head & rinse the leaves well. Dry & have plenty available - use 2 heads if they seem small - 1 per serving! I entered 12 leaves simply because the program required a number - we just keep a couple of heads available when we make this.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toast rice in a dry skillet (no oil) over medium-high heat. Cook rice, shaking pan frequently until rice turns golden, about 8 minutes.
  2. While rice is toasting, combine beef, 3 tablespoons of the lime juice, Fish Sauce, shallots and ginger in a bowl.
  3. When rice is golden, pour on plate to cool. In same skillet over high heat, add beef mixture. Cook, breaking meat into small pieces, about 5-7 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from heat.
  4. Add remaining tablespoon of lime juice, scallions, mint, cilantro, Garlic Chili Pepper Sauce and sugar to meat. Mix well.
  5. Add cooled rice to spice grinder or blender, and grind into a sandy powder. Add to meat mixture and mix well.
  6. Spoon laab into a serving bowl lined with lettuce leaves, or serve on individual leaves for a pretty presentation. Garnish with whole mint leaves.
Most Helpful

Labb is one of my favorites. Mama mazie, if your laab is crunchie you didn't make it right. The rice is ground into a powder.

sid1944 November 23, 2010

This was very good and so easy to make. I have never made thai food before, so I was quite excited.

FriscoBay July 17, 2013

Very tasty! I had extra mint so I made a mojito which was a very nice accompaniment despite the far away origins...I put the hot larb on some fresh green kale. It wilted it just a tiny bit and the spices in the larb were enough to overpower any strong kale, it just looked pretty!

veggielove September 30, 2012