Thai kangaroo salad with crisp-fried garlic

Thai kangaroo salad with crisp-fried garlic

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  • 0:50 Prep
  • 0:05 Cook
  • 4 Servings
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There are lots of good reasons for choosing to cook with kangaroo; this warm, Thai-style salad – with it’s tang of lime juice and fish sauce, scented with lightly crisped garlic and served with loads of fresh herbs and chilli – is one of them.

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  • 600g kangaroo fillets, trimmed (see Notes)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 eschalots, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red chilli, seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced on an angle
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves


  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus lime wedges to serve
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar


  • Step 1
    Combine kangaroo, soy sauce and sesame oil in a bowl, stirring to coat. Stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to marinate. Meanwhile prepare remaining ingredients.
  • Step 2
    Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Cook garlic for 1 minute or until light golden. Remove and drain on paper towel.
  • Step 3
    Return frypan to high heat. Sear the kangaroo for 2-3 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with foil and rest for 15 minutes.
  • Step 4
    Meanwhile, for the dressing, whisk lime juice, fish sauce, oil and sugar together in a bowl until sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  • Step 5
    Place tomatoes, eschalot, chilli, spring onion and herbs in a bowl. Thinly slice kangaroo and add to the bowl with some dressing to taste, then toss to combine.
  • Step 6
    Divide among plates, then scatter with crisp garlic and serve with the remaining dressing and lime wedges, if desired.

  • High protein
  • Low carb
  • Low kilojoule
  • Low sugar


  • 1421 kj


  • 19g

    Fat Total

  • 3g

    Saturated Fat

  • 2g


  • 36g


  • 75mg


  • 1377.01mg


  • 4g

    Carbs (sugar)

  • 6g

    Carbs (total)

All nutrition values are per serve


Kangaroo fillets are available from selected supermarkets and butchers.

  • Author: Jill Dupleix
  • Image credit: Ian Wallace
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