The Perfect Flank Steak Recipe: Flavorful and Tender

Flank Steak

Flank steak can sometimes get a bad reputation, but we’re here to change that! This cut from the cow’s lower abdominal muscles is incredibly flavorful but can be tough if not prepared correctly. With our simple marinade and two cooking options, you can enjoy an extra flavorful and tender steak dinner in under an hour with just a few ingredients. Let’s dive into everything you need to know to make the perfect flank steak.

How to Cook Flank Steak

Because flank steak is a lean cut of meat, it’s best to cook it hot and fast to ensure tenderness. We’ve included directions for both grilling and broiling, so you can enjoy this delicious meal year-round. The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your steak and your desired level of doneness. We recommend around 6 minutes per side for a medium-rare steak. If you prefer a different level of doneness, simply adjust the cooking time accordingly. To ensure your steak is cooked to perfection, use a meat thermometer.

Flank Steak Marinade

Our simple and versatile marinade consists of four key ingredients that will make your flank steak extra tender and flavorful. The marinade includes acidic citrus juice and salty soy sauce to both season and tenderize the meat. Olive oil keeps the steak juicy and supple while a touch of brown sugar brings out its natural sweetness, creating a delicious caramelized crust when cooked. Don’t worry if you’re missing some ingredients; this marinade is flexible. You can substitute tamari for a gluten-free option or use Worcestershire or fish sauce for a unique twist. If you don’t have citrus juice, balsamic vinegar is a great alternative for achieving the right balance of sweetness and acidity.

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Tip: Marinate your flank steak for at least 30 minutes, but feel free to let it marinate for up to 2 hours for maximum flavor.

Serving Ideas for Flank Steak

If you’re in the mood for a classic steak dinner, pair your perfectly cooked flank steak with grilled veggies and a starchy side (herb-roasted potatoes are always a winner). Alternatively, you can get creative and use the steak in tacos, fajitas, or even a flavorful stir-fry like our beef and broccoli recipe. The options are endless, so let your culinary imagination run wild!

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We would love to hear from you! If you try this flank steak recipe, please leave a comment down below to let us know how you liked it. Don’t forget to leave a rating as well. Happy cooking!

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