Grilled Flank Steak

If you think that a good juicy steak can’t be a part of a healthy diet, then I have a great recipe for you. While I think it’s probably wise to limit your red meat consumption to once, maybe twice per week, I do think that the flank steak is a great option if you are trying to shed some pounds and want some beef. Flank steak does have some saturated fat (like any red meat), however it has a LOT less than most other cuts.

Flank steak is pretty fibrous and has a lot less fat than say a ribeye or a chuck roast. Because of that, there are two key things that you need to do with it. First, it needs to marinate. I usually try to marinate mine at least 4- 6 hours, but ideally overnight. If you don’t marinate a flank steak it will be tough. Fact. We didn’t marinate it one time and quite honestly I didn’t think it was edible. Second, you need to cut it across the grain and we even lightly score it crosswise before marinating (you can see the scores in the picture pretty well.) If you do these two things I promise you that your flank steak will taste just as good as a strip steak or a ribeye. You also don’t want to overcook it – please leave a little pink if you know what is good for you and your steak:-)

We usually do an Asian style marinade like this which is wonderful and very versatile. I wanted to change things up a bit so I went with this recipe from Gourmet. It was still simple, but I wanted to use some of the rosemary that is still prospering in my garden so this was perfect! We let it marinate over night. We usually grill it (which is my favorite way to cook it), but since it was rainy out, we used my pampered chef grill pan. We didn’t get the grill marks we usually like, but it was still excellent and so flavorful!

So try a flank steak today. You will soon find that it is possible to enjoy a good steak without all the guilt!


Source: Gourmet via Epicurious

Grilled Flank Steak
Recipe type: Main
  • 1 flank steak (mine was about 1.5 lbs)
  • ⅓ cup white-wine vinegar
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Score the flank steak crosswise lightly with a knife. Mix together remaining ingredients and put the steak and marinade in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal steak and remove any air from the bag. Let marinate at least 6 hours and up to 1 day.
  2. Grill steaks over a medium hot grill. Cook about 12 minutes for medium rare and turn once during grilling.


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  1. The colours on that steak.. mouthwatering. Do you often have leftovers from a steak that size? What do you make with them?

    • Hi Jeff – thanks! I try to buy one that won’t yield a whole lot of leftovers. If we do, they usually end up going in with Jim to work the next day:-). I have done an Asian Noodle Salad with flank steak and it was awesome.

  2. I love a good steak but don’t have it very often. This sounds like a delicious way to have it!
    I came back to answer your question about Karen’s cake. She just made a sponge and designed it to look like the biscuit. You can ask Karen to make anything and she will give it a shot.

  3. Oh my goodness, this steak looks PERFECT. Love the color and you’ve totally made me crave some beef now!

  4. Thanks for all the great tips for cooking flank steak! This is mouth-watering! I usually crockpot and shred mine, cause I’ve made some that were inedible too. I will have to try some of your tips.

  5. Becki, I LOVE flank steak! This marinade sounds delicious. It has my most favorite herb in it… Rosemary! I’m going to have to make this asap 🙂

  6. Words Of Deliciousness says:

    The marinade sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing this one.

  7. it looks really tender and that marinade sounds delicious what a great piece of meat this is how it should be

  8. I LOVE flank steak. It is also such a great way to feed a crowd.
    This flank steak looks lovely! 🙂

  9. Thanks so much for linking up this weekend @ CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party..Have a wonderful week!


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