Grilled Marinated Flank Steak
The flank steak is a beef steak cut from the abdominal muscles of the cow. Because it comes from a long, flat, well-exercised muscle, it is best sliced against the grain before serving, to maximize tenderness.
Flank steak is used in a variety of dishes including the popular carne asada, translated literally as “grilled cow.” The phrase “carne asada” is also used to describe a social event, the equivalent of how we say “barbecue” when talking about a cookout.
In the American Southwest and throughout Latin America, carne asada can be purchased from meat markets already marinated (preparada). The meat can be seasoned with a dry rub (try my Crazy Dust Rub) or a liquid marinade using beer or citrus juice.
- Flank Steak, Whole
- 3 Tbs. Garlic, fresh, minced
- 3 Tbs. Chili Paste, Asian (Sambal Oelek)
- 2 Tbs. Lime Juice
- 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp. Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp. Black Pepper, ground
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil
- Trim flank steak and score on both sides making long shallow cuts in both directions.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine garlic, chili paste, lime juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine thoroughly.
- While whisking, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Transfer marinade to a large Ziploc style bag.
- Place flank steak in marinade and toss to coat completely. Seal bag marinate in refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours.
- Pre-heat grill to medium high.
- Remove flank from marinade and carefully place directly on grill. Be careful as the marinade can cause flare ups.
- Grill for 2-3 minutes and turn. Grill an additional 2-3 minutes and turn again. Repeat and cook 2-3 additional minutes on each side.
- Remove from grill and allow to rest 5 minutes.
- Slice in 1/8" strips across the grain and serve.
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