Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak

I love this cut of beef for two main reasons. First, flank steak is cheaper than many other cuts of beef, ranging from about $8 to $10 per pound. (We usually get about 1 ½ pounds for our family of four.)

Second, flank steak is typically thin at one end and thick at the other, so you can get two levels of doneness (like medium at the thin end and medium rare at the thick one) with just one steak!

Flank steak can be served, sliced thin, as a main course with chimichurri or creamy horseradish sauce, or wrapped up in tortillas for fajitas or soft tacos. In either case, be sure to marinate the meat for 2 to 24 hours to keep it tender and flavorful.

With tangy lime juice, pungent garlic and earthy cumin, this marinade recipe is so easy and gives the steak a delicious blend of flavors.

To cook the steak, you can cook it in the oven under the broiler, in a hot pan on the stove top, or outside on the grill. In any case, be sure to pat the steak dry before cooking it, as a damp steak will tend to steam instead of getting that nice crispy brown crust that tastes so good!

Marinated Flank Steak


  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb. flank steak


  1. In a large Ziploc bag, mix together all ingredients for the marinade (lime juice, olive oil, salt, cumin, garlic and cilantro). Add steak to bag and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 24 hours.
  2. When ready to cook, remove steak from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. To cook under the broiler in the oven: Move oven rack to top third of oven. Heat oven to broil and place flank steak on a cookie sheet. Broil steak about 4 to 6 minutes, flip, and broil 4 to 6 minutes more. To cook in a pan on the stove: Heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat. Cook steak, for 3-4 minutes, flip, and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes more. (Note: You may need to cut the steak in half in order to fit it into the pan.) To grill on a gas grill outside: Heat a gas grill to high. Grill steak about 4 to 6 minutes, flip, and grill 4 to 6 minutes more.
  3. Transfer steak to cutting board and let rest 5 to 10 minutes. Slice in thin strips against the grain and serve immediately.



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One Response

  1. Hi Marie,
    I’ve been watching your shows now for several months. They are excellent! You present each recipe simply and completely. I just made your iced oatmeal cookies and will be bringing them later today as my contribution for a church picnic. I already tasted a few, and they are great!
    I have just one question regarding your flank steak recipe. Can I grill the steak on an electric grill, and if so, what adjustments (if any) would you recommend?
    One Of Your Newest Fans,

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