Grilled Flank Steak Recipes: Marinated, Stuffed, Barbecued with Sauces

Flank steak is a lean, flavorful cut that is often ignored because it can be a little tough. But this can be overcome with the tenderizing effects of a marinade. It is best grilled or barbecued to medium rare over high heat and than thinly sliced at an angle across the grain of the meat. Done this way flank steak is tender and delicious. Flank steak is relatively inexpensive, is very lean, and has a uniform thickness which makes it easy to cook. Once you have perfected the marinating, grilled or brazing and slicing you will become a dedicated devotee of flank steak. Below is a guide for preparing, marinading, grilling and barbecuing flank steak. There are many fabulous recipes to try.

Flank steak should be eaten when rare or medium rare otherwise it can be tough
Flank steak should be eaten when rare or medium rare otherwise it can be tough | Source
Grilled flank steak can be tender and full of flavor if it is marinated, seared and sliced thinly across the grain. Ideal for meal with salad and vegetable dishes. See many fabulous recipes to try.
Grilled flank steak can be tender and full of flavor if it is marinated, seared and sliced thinly across the grain. Ideal for meal with salad and vegetable dishes. See many fabulous recipes to try. | Source
Flank steak needs to be seared over very high temperatures to seal in the juices. Slicing it thinly also helps. Flank steak is lean, flavorful and healthy.
Flank steak needs to be seared over very high temperatures to seal in the juices. Slicing it thinly also helps. Flank steak is lean, flavorful and healthy. | Source
Flank steak pairs well with herbs and spices
Flank steak pairs well with herbs and spices | Source
Flank steak is a good choice for Mexican dishes and summer barbecue meals
Flank steak is a good choice for Mexican dishes and summer barbecue meals | Source

Grilled Flank Steak Recipe Marinated in Honey, Soy and Vinegar

Ingredients

  • 2 lb (1 kg) good quality, lean flank steak

For the marinade

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup flavorful honey
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Method

Mix the marinade ingredients together in a large non-reactive bowl. Add the steak and mix so that completely coated with the marinade. Set aside for 2-4 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator. Preheat your grill or barbecue on a high setting with one half set up for direct heating. Make sure the grill is very hot before cooking the steak. Take the steak out of the marinade and wipe off any excess liquid. Brush very lightly with olive oil to stop it sticking to the grill. Put the steak on the hot side of the grill and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side to sear both sides of the steak. Move the steak to the cooler part of the grill and cook for 2-4 minutes extra until the steak is down to your liking. Test for doneness by poking the steak with your fingers. It should be firm and springy. Alternatively make a small cut into the steak and check the color inside. Finally. you can use a meat thermometer. The temperature to aim for are 130 degrees F (55 degrees C) for rare, 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) for medium rare and 150 degrees F (65 degrees C) for medium.

When the steak is cooked, remove it from teh grill and place it on a cutting board. Cover with aluminum foil and let the steak rest for 10-15 minutes. Make a small cut in the end of the meat and take note of the direction of the grain of the meat. Cut the steak across the grain at a diagonal to make fairly thick slices. This method of slicing helps to overcome the inherent toughness of the meat when served. Add your favorite side dishes and sauce and serve hot.

Marinated Carne Asada Recipe with Spices and Herbs

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 2 pounds (1 kg) of flank steak
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the marinade

  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cider or white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, basil or parsley, finely chopped, or other fresh herbs

Method

Combine the marinade ingredients and pour the marinade over the steak in a non-reactive bowl. Mix to ensure marinade coats all surfaces. Make sure each piece is well coated. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and set aside in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours or overnight. Preheat your grill or barbecue for high direct cooking, with an area of lower heat. Remove the steak from the marinade and wipe off any pieces of garlic or cilantro that could burn. Leave a thin layer of oil from the marinade on the steak. Place the steak on the hot part of the grill over the flames or coals. Grill or barbecue the steak quickly over a hot flame until well seared and starting to brown on one side. Then, turn the steak over and sear on the other side. Only turn once for searing. Then, transfer the steak to the cooler part of the grill. Cook until done to your liking. Use a meat thermometer and aim for a minimum internal temperature of 130 degrees F (55 degrees C) for rare, 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) for medium rare, and 150 degrees F (65 degrees C) for medium. Place the cooked steak on a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes, to develop the flavors and keep moisture within the steak. Then, cut the meat into medium thick slices by slicing across the grain in the meat. Serve with fresh tomato salsa) and chopped avocados.

Argentinean Chimichurri Suace Recipe - Great Marinade and Sauce for Grilled Flank Steak

Chimichurri is Argentinean sauce, similar to pesto, that uses oregano, garlic, oil, fresh parsley, chili and vinegar. It can be used as a marinade for flank steak or as a sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or similar)
  • 3 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon dark or white wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)

Method

Place the chopped parsley, garlic and fresh oregano in a small bowl. Add the olive oil, red pepper flakes, vinegar and season with salt and freshly grated black pepper. Serving immediately or refrigerate. Always return to room temperature before serving. Add some sauce to your marinade and reserve the rest to be used as a sauce. But discard the marinade itself as it can be contaminated by the raw meat.

Grilled Flank Steak Recipe Marinated in Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (1 kg) good quality flank steak

Method

Prepare the Chimichurri Sauce using the recipe. Add half of it to a ceramic casserole dish. Insert the steam and mix to coat all surfaces. Cover with plastic film and set aside for 4-8 hours in the refrigerator to tenderize and deepen the flavor. Preheat you grill or barbecue to very high. Remove steak from the marinade and wipe clean leaving only oil on the surface. Discard the marinade. Grill and sear the steaks turning once. Then, move the steaks to a cooler part of the grill and cook to desired doneness stage over moderate heat. Allow to rest for 5-15 minutes before slicing across the grain. Serve topped with some of the reserved chimichurri sauce.

Grilled Flank Steak - Tex-Mex Style Recipe with Corn, Black Beans and Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt, to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 lb (750 g) good quality flank steak

For the black bean, corn and tomatoes

  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoons Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced cilantro
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked or canned black beans, drained and rinsed

Method

Season the steak by rubbing all surfaces with the garlic, cumin, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside for 10-15 minutes. Combine the red onions, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl and set aside for 5-10 minutes. Then, add the corn, cilantro, tomatoes, black beans, and set aside. Heat your grill or barbecue over high heat. Sear the steak on high heat for 5-8 minutes on each side to your desired degree of doneness. Let the meat rest on a chopping board covered with foil for about 5-10 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain. Place the sliced steak on a serving platter and top with the corn, black bean and tomato salad mixture.

Flank Steak Marinated in Beer Recipe with Avocado and Cilantro Cream Sauce

Ingredients

For the Steak

  • 1 cup pale ale
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped
  • 2 lb (1 kg) good quality, lean flank steak

For the Avocado Cilantro Sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons pale ale
  • 1 avocado, peel and seed removed

Method

Rub salt and freshly ground pepper into the steak on all sides, place in a resealable plastic bag. Whisk together the Worcestershire sauce, soy, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, beer, garlic and lemon juice. Pour over the steak in the bag, seal the bag well and mix to coat all surfaces of the steak. Set aside in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours or over night. Preheat your grill or barbecue over high heat. When ready to cook, remove the steak from marinade, drain and pat dry. Sear both sides for 2-3 minutes turning once. Then, move the steak to a cooler part of the grill and cook for about another 4-6 minutes depending on how you want it done (rare to medium). Allow the steak to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain.

Grill on a preheated grill until medium rare, about 6-8 minutes per side. Remove from grill, allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Make the sauce by adding all the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Pulse on high until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the steak topped with fresh herbs and the avocado sauce.

Grilled Flank Steak Recipe with Dijon Mustard Rub

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds (750 g) good quality flank steak

Method

Preheat your grill or barbecue over high heat. Rub the flank steak all over with Dijon mustard. Place in zip-lock bag and set aside in the refrigerator to marinate for 4-8 hours. Sprinkle liberally with freshly ground pepper on both sides. Grill or barbecue to the desired level of doneness. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice thinly across the grain. Serve topped with fresh herbs.

Grilled Flank Steak Recipe with a Cumin and Coriander Rub

Ingredients

  • Salt, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 3 tablespoons coriander
  • 2 pounds (1 kg) flank steak
  • 3 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste

Method

Preheat your grill to moderate-high. Combine the rub ingredients in a cup and rub all over the steak. Transfer to a zip-lock plastic bag and marinate for 2-8 hours in the refrigerator. Sear the steak on both sides for 2-3 minutes, and then transfer to a cooler part of the grill. Cook to the desired level of doneness. Remove the steak from grill when done and let it rest covered with foil for 5-10 minutes. Slice thinly across the grain and serve with fresh herbs and your favorite sauce.

Barbecued Flank Steak Recipe with Guacamole and Sour Cream

Ingredients

  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium-size onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds (750 g) piece of flank steak
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (spring onions)
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 medium-size avocados, seeds removed, peeled and diced

Method

Preheat your barbecue or grill to high. Prepare the marinade by combining 1 tablespoon of the jalapenos in a large shallow dish, garlic, the yellow onion, 1/4 cup of the cilantro, soy sauce, 1/2 cup of lime juice and the oil in a large shallow dish. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove the flank steak from the marinade, drain and wipe off any excess. Grill the steak for 5-7 minutes on each side, depending on desired doneness. Set aside for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, make the guacamole by combine the remaining tablespoon jalapenos, the remaining two tablespoons lime juice, tomatoes, avocados and green onions in a small bowl and mixing gently. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. To serve, slice the flank steak across the grain into thin strips. Garnish with sour cream and serve with the guacamole.

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Larry Rankin 17 months ago from Oklahoma

Looks delicious. I haven't worked with flank steak. I will have to give it a try.


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Rachel L Alba 17 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Flank steak is one of my favorite steaks for the grill. I have made it for a salad also as shown in your of your pictures. Thanks for sharing. I voted up and awesome.

Blessings to you.


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lawrence01 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Delicious. I have to try these recipes sometime although we use a very similar marinade at times

Lawrence

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