Beef Banh Mi Recipe – With Steak

Why We Need a Beef Banh Mi Recipe

A beef banh mi recipe is the perfect fix for when you can’t get your hands on an actual banh mi. And not any beef. There’s nothing better than having the best cut of beef for your banh mi – filet mignon. A banh mi is a Vietnamese sandwich that uses a baguette filled with various meats and veggies. Because of always having banh mi growing up, I grew to love baguettes and even made a kimchi panini using a baguette.


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Banh Mi are always available if you live near a Vietnamese community, but not all us are that lucky. A banh mi to me is like a cheeseburger or a carne asada taco. I need my regular fixtures of it every once in awhile. Going months without it (or dare i say years) swarms me in withdrawal symptoms. That’s where a beef banh mi recipe is essential to have. A banh mi doesn’t have to have beef, it can be pork or even chicken, but having steak sounds delicious to me. You can substitute filet mignon for ground beef or even roast beef if that’s what you have available. 

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What Makes a Banh Mi Special

What makes a banh mi stand out from other sandwiches isn’t the meat, but all the other complementary fillings. Otherwise, it would be no different than any regular sandwich. The When you think of Vietnamese food, lemon grass is what comes to mind. Everything from their curry to grilled meats includes lemon grass, but not their banh mi. Vietnamese sandwich uses a special mayonnaise that’s more flavorful than normal mayo. And includes sweet pickled carrots. Topped with slices of cucumber, each bite is flavorful yet very refreshing. At least to me, these are the main ingredients that separates a typical sandwich from a banh mi. 

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Charred Steak Banh Mi

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Fusion, vietnamese
Keyword: steak banh mi
Servings: 4 people
Cost: 5


  • 8 oz Filet Mignon
  • 1 handful Pickled Carrots
  • 1/4 whole Cucumber
  • 1 ounce Vietnamese Mayo
  • 5 bunches Fresh Thyme
  • 1 whole Baguette
  • 3/2 ounce Garlic Butter
  • 1 dash Creamy Steak Sauce



  • Heat up the pan and spread 1 oz of the garlic butter to grease the pan (save the rest for later)
  • Place the fillet mignon on the pan to grill. Let it sit and cook on one side for 2 minutes until its beginning to char then flip it over
  • Then add all the fresh thyme to the pan.
  • Add the rest of the garlic butter next to the thyme to cook
  • After both sides are charred and crispy grab the fillet mignon with tongs and cook the sides as well.
  • Make a small slice in the middle to check if the fillet mignon is ready. 
  • When its medium rare (or desired doneness) slice the fillet mignon in small, long pieces


  • Spread the baguette with the vietnamese mayo on both sides.
  • Fill the baguette with pickled carrots
  • Add the pieces of steak on top
  • Next the cucumbers on one side
  • Then Drizzle creamy steak sauce on top
  • Finally pluck off the crispy thyme leaves and sprinkle it on the baguette

Beef Banh Mi Recipe - Steak

A beef banh mi recipe takes advantage of the refreshing ingredients to augment the beef itself. In fact, Vietnamese ingredients itself tends to be more aromatic which makes Vietnamese coconut curry so amazing.I chose a filet mignon as its my favorite cut. A juicy steak thats soft and tender at the same time. I prefer my steak to have many layers of texture. Instead of having a medium rare steak, adding butter and charring all sides gives it a nice crispy and outer crunch. Paired this with fried thyme along with the filet mignon adds even more flavor profile. 

I love steak and all, but I find it hard to eat a whole steak by itself. I can take a few bites, but its so much better when its paired with something else. Thats why a beef banh mi recipe is a perfect pairing for a juicy steak. The fresh and flavorful taste of fermented carrots, mayo, and cucumbers gives the filet mignon a helping hand in enhancing its taste. 

Detailed Instructions

The beef banh mi requires a baguette, cucumbers, fermented carrots, and Vietnamese mayonnaise. The beef (filet mignon) with garlic butter and thyme. 

Start by buttering up the pan with garlic butter. 

Cook the filet mignon as the butter begins to dissolve.

Add in the thyme and more garlic butter together. 

Remember to cook the filet mignon on the sides as well to give it an all around crispy bite.

Smear the mayonnaise on both sides of the baguette.

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Fill with fermented carrots until the baguette is about 1/3 filled. Slice the filet mignon into thin strips and generously add to the baguette.

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Add in cucumbers to one side. Serve with a creamy steak sauce.

beef banh mi recipe

Garnish with the fried thyme leaves from earlier.

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