Flank steak is a lean, flavorful cut of beef that benefits from the effects of a marinade. It is somewhat tough and is best cooked when thinly sliced at an angle just across the grain.

When flank steak is prepared thinly sliced, marinated and in high heat, it almost completely melts in your mouth. Thereby making it more delicious and satisfying.

What to serve with flank steak?

Grilled marinated flank steak

This is an amazing recipe that is perfect for any time of the day. It deals with the use of a marinade which is prepared with garlic, onions, soy sauce and honey. This marinade is responsible for the extra delicious outcome you get after preparing it.

Let’s take a quick look on how to prepare the Steak

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Marinating time: 2 hours

Yields: 6 servings

Skill level: Easy.

Ingredients:

1. ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil

2. ¼ cup honey

3. ⅓ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4. 2 pounds flank steak

5. 2 cloves garlic, minced

6. 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar

7. ¼ cup soy sauce

Step by step instructions

The first thing you need to do is to marinate the steak.

How do I marinate the steak?

1. First, combine all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Place steak in the bowl and turn so that it is completely coated with the marinade.

Note: You can as well place the steak and marinade in a freezer bag and then carefully place it in a bowl.

3. Chill and marinate for nothing less than 2 hours or better still, till the next day (overnight).

4. Prepare your grill for high, direct heat with one part of the grill for lower, indirect heat. You will know when the grill is hot enough when you hold your hand about an inch over the hot side and you can only hold it there for just a second.

To grill the steak:

5. First remove the steak from the marinade and gently shake off the excess marinade from the steak. Be sure that when shaking off the excess marinade, there is still a coating of it. This is so because you will want the oil on it to help keep the steak from sticking to the grill.

6. Sprinkle coarse salt and freshly ground pepper on all sides if you desire. This is so because the salt and pepper helps to form a savory crust on the steak.

7. Now carefully place steak on the hot side of the grill, and grill for about 1 minute or 2 on each side so as to get a good sear. Once that is done, move the steak to the cooler side of the grill, and then cover and cook for just a few minutes more until it is fully prepared just the way you like it.

Note:

You will know when the steak is done when you poke it with your fingertips. The steak will be a bit squishy when it is raw. But when it is done, the texture is just like when you touch the tip of your nose.

Another way to know when the steak is done is by using a meat thermometer. At 125 degree Fahrenheit for rare, pull the steak out of the grill. At 130 to 140 degree Fahrenheit for medium rare, pull it out. At 145 degree Fahrenheit for medium, pull the steak off the grill.

8. Now when the steak has cooked to your satisfaction, carefully remove from the grill and then place on a cutting board.

9. Once you have done that, cover with aluminum foil so as to hold in the heat while the steak rests for approximately 10-15 minutes.

10. Carefully slice across the grain. Note that you are to cut it in a way that breaks up the muscle fibers. This is done because flank steak is usually tough and chewy except the muscle fibers are broken.

Therefore, you are to cut the steak across the grain of meat at a steep diagonal so as to make the slices wide. You can either use a long sharp knife or perhaps a long serrated bread knife for the cutting.

Recipe note:

You can as well boil the excess marinade, simmer for a few minutes and serve with the fleak steak. This recipe is also good with salsa.

Flank steak recipe slow cooker

Flank steak can be done on a slow cooker. Although this is a very long method of preparation, it gives you the best melt in your mouth result.

Prep time: 15 Minutes

Cook time: 8 Hours

Total time: 8 Hours 15 Minutes

Yields: 8 servings

Skill level: Easy.

Ingredients:

1. 3 pounds flank steak

2. ¼ teaspoon ground dried thyme

3. 1 bay leaf

4. ½ cup water

5. 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

6. 1 large carrot, chopped

7. 1 large onion, chopped

Note: all the above listed ingredients can be gotten from any supermarket around you. They are available all year long!

Step by step instructions

1. Season the flank steak with salt and pepper to taste and place into a slow cooker

2. Add the carrot as well as the onion and season with thyme and bay.

3. Now pour in the water.

4. Cook on high for nothing less than 4 hour, then turn the steak over and press down into the liquid.

5. Cook until a fork easily passes through the meat. This should only take approximately 4 hours more.

Stuffed flank steak recipes

In this section of the article, I’ll be giving you at least two different stuffed flank steak recipes that are of course very delicious.

First is the stuffed with feta cheese, dried tomatoes and spinach.

1. The stuffed flank steak recipe with feta cheese, dried tomatoes and spinach.

The stuffed flank steak recipe with feta cheese, dried tomatoes and spinach is a very juicy, tender and unique tasting recipe that contains low carb content. I’m quite sure you don’t want to miss out on this one.

Prep time: 15 Minutes

Cook time: 40 Minutes

Total time: 55 Minutes

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Yields: 6 servings

Skill level: Easy.

Ingredients:

1. 2 pounds flank steak, butterflied

2. 3 cups fresh baby spinach

3. 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

4. 1 tablespoon olive oil

5. Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

6. Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

7. 1 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, drained

8. 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced

9. ½ teaspoon dried basil

10. ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

11. 1 ⅓ cups pasta tomato sauce or marinara sauce, divided

Note: all the above listed ingredients can be gotten from any supermarket around you. They are available all year long!

How to prepare Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit.

2. Use a very sharp knife to “butterfly”   the steak. Do this by placing your hand on top of the meat and then cutting horizontally into the steak until it is just about 1 inch before you cut the meat into two separate pieces. Open up the steak and set aside.

3. Using a mixing bowl, combine the chopped spinach, as well as the cheese, dried tomatoes, basil, fresh ground pepper and garlic, and mix together until it is well combined.

4. Now spread the ⅓ cup of tomato sauce over the steak and top with the previously prepared spinach mixture.

5. Roll up the flank steak tightly and secure with kitchen twine.

6. Brush the stuffed flank steak with some olive oil and then season with salt and pepper to taste.

7. Spread the rest of the tomato sauce over the top and also around the edges of the steak.

Now, after you have successfully carried out the first seven steps,

8. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes, or perhaps until the internal temperature reaches 130 degree Fahrenheit when you use a thermometer.

9. Carefully remove from oven and then transfer the steak to a cutting board.

10. Allow it rest for about 10 minutes before removing the kitchen twine.

11. After about 10 minutes, remove kitchen twine and slice the stuffed steak into ¼ inch rounds.

12. Spoon tomato sauce from the baking dish over the rounds, and then top with fresh parsley

Serve.

Recipe notes:

(If you wish to make it ahead)

After you stuff, roll, and tie the beef, you can refrigerate it for up to 8 hours.

In order to freeze, be sure that the cooked steak has cooled down completely.

Carefully cut the steak into pinwheels and then wrap each pinwheel in plastic wrap.

Now transfer the pinwheels to the freezer bags and freeze for up to 6 months.

The second I’ll be introducing you to is the Italian steak…

2. The Italian stuffed flank steak

This is a tasty flank steak that is usually rolled up with some herbs, garlic, provolone cheese, prosciutto and so on. They are usually very tender and juicy.  Very easy and straightforward to prepare and I can assure you that you will get the best result you ever desire.

Prep time: 20 Minutes

Cook time: 15 Minutes

Total time: 35 Minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Skill level: Easy

Cuisine: Italian.

Ingredients:

1. 3-4 cloves garlic minced or pressed through garlic press

2. 1 small shallot minced

3. 2 tablespoon fresh parsley finely minced

4. 4 ounces thinly sliced provolone cheese

5. Toothpicks soaked water for 10 minutes

6. Salt and pepper to taste

7. 1 teaspoon sage leaves finely minced

8. 1 teaspoon basil minced

9. 2 tablespoon olive oil

10. 2-2 ½ pounds flank steak

11. 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto

Step by step instructions

1. In a small bowl, combine garlic, as well as the sage, parsley, olive oil, basil, and shallot.

2. Slice across the steak horizontally, butterfly and then pound flank steak into 2 thin rectangles.

3. Position steak so that the grain can run parallel to the edge of the counter, then spread herb mixture evenly over surface of steak.

4. After you have done that, lay prosciutto evenly over steak, leave at least one inch border along top edge.

5. Cover prosciutto with even layer of cheese. Be sure to still leave at least one-inch border along top edge.

6. Now starting from bottom edge, roll up away from you, towards the top, roll steak into a tight log and then place on cutting board seam-side down.

7. Starting with the middle of the steak roll, tie a piece of kitchen twine so as to secure the steak.

8. Working outward from the center, carefully place more ties of kitchen twine, in 1 inch intervals. Do this until the whole steak roll is tied up.

9. Use a very sharp knife to slice roll between pieces of twine into one inch thick pinwheels.

10. Now season pinwheels lightly with salt and black pepper to taste.

11. Use a toothpick to skewer each pinwheel.

After you have successfully completed these steps, here comes the most interesting part. Shall we?

12. Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.

13. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.

14. Place pinwheels in pan and brown for approximately 3 minutes. Flip over and brown on the other side for just 2 minutes.

15. Slide skillet into preheated oven and cook for nothing less than 8-10 minutes or perhaps until steak is done as you like it.

16. Carefully remove from oven, and tent with aluminum foil.

17. Allow it  rest for nothing less than 5 minutes.

18. Remove twine and toothpicks and enjoy the delicious taste.

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