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sliced beef on cutting board

The Best Crying Tiger Recipe

  • Author: Suwanee
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Low Fat


Thai crying tiger recipe is marinaded beef recipe using marinating sauce of oyster sauce, fish sauce, garlic, and soy sauce then grilled to perfection. The outcome is a  very tasty grilled steak served with a crying tiger dipping sauce, Nam Jim Jaew recipe without sugar. It is a perfect summer recipe because it’s light, refreshing, and delicious!


  • 1.2-1.5 lb grilling steak (rib eye, top sirloin, flank or any of your fav grilling meat)
  • 2 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp thin soy sauce or regular soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper


  1. Wash your grilling meat with cold water, paper towel dry, and place in a plastic bag or shallow pan. Let the meat sit while prepping the other ingredients.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the sauces, garlic, white pepper, and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Taste the marinade and adjust as needed, airing on the saltier side as some flavors will dissolve while grilling. 
  3. Dip the meat in the marinade on both sides.
  4. If your meat is thick, use a small knife to puncture a few holes to let the sauce seep through.
  5. Pour the sauce over the meat, in a ziplock bag or small pan, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for 1-5 hours. Flipping side once or twice for even marinade. Set the meat out at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.
  6. Start the grill and cook the meat on medium-high heat until the meat is done to your liking. 
  7. Remove from the grill and let the meat rest for 10-15 minutes before cutting to allow the juice from the meat to redistribute and keeps the delicious juiced locked in within the cooked meat.  
  8. Cut the meat against the grains and slather the Nam Jim Jaeow sauce all over it. Serve with sticky rice and a plate of crunchy vegetables!


  • For a healthier option, use honey, agave, or monk fruit sugar. I love using agave!
  • For toasted rice for the sauce, you can use jasmine, sticky, or Japanese glutinous rice. These work great!
  • When making the marinating sauce, I tend to have my sauce a little on the salty side because the sauces will get absolved and cooked into the meat.
  • Don’t throw away any leftover marinating sauce. EVER. Use a cooking brush to slather the sauce on the steak as you grill and flip the meat. This is a liquid goal. No food shall be wasted! (:

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  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Summer food
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Thai

Keywords: crying tiger recipe. thai crying tiger. crying tiger beef. thai grilled beef.