Vietnamese Ground Beef with Lemongrass and Fish Sauce (Thit Bo Ruoc Sa)

This dish is a perfect blend of flavors. It can be served immediately with rice, or cooked for longer and stored in a refrigerated jar to be eaten later.

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Thit Bo Ruoc Sa- Vietnamese Ground Beef with Lemongrass and Fish Sauce

The pungent aroma of fish sauce does a remarkable disappearing act as the dish cooks. Sprinkled over rice, this recipe makes for an easy and tasty midweek meal.
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Course: Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Southeast Asian, Vietnam
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Medium skillet or wok


  • 1 stalk Lemongrass
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 2 stalks Scallions, white part only, or 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, chopped
  • 12 oz Ground beef
  • 3 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp Sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Black pepper


  • Chop lemongrass fine by discarding the outer leaves and upper (green) ⅔ of the stalk. Slice the remainder crosswise thinly and then chop fine.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan or wok over high. Add scallion or shallots and garlic. Quickly stir fry for 1 minute, no longer. Add lemongrass, the stir in the ground beef. Keep mixing and separate beef to eliminate any large pieces. Reduce heat to medium and continue frying until the meat turns white. Add fish sauce, sesame seeds, sugar, and black pepper. Keep stirring until the meat becomes very dry. Remove from heat and serve with white rice.


  • This can be stirred and dried even more. When the meat is prepared this way, it can be stored in a jar and refrigerated for days, and eaten at any time sprinkled over rice.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 747mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg

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