Are you looking for the ideal dinner idea that is dead easy to prepare, simple to grill and will ooze with flavor and appeal to all of your guests this weekend? If you are after something scrumptious to serve up for family and friends then there’s no better recipe than an absolutely divine cut of flank steak and the most tantalizingly tasty marinade to go with it.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are endless lists and varieties of appetizing recipes on the internet, in cookbooks and the like, but few of them are simple to put together. Lots of recipes involve using bulky equipment that, let’s face it, is a pain to clean up afterward and is simply too much of a faff to use, while other recipes involve so many ingredients they make you feel like you have to spill out the entire contents of your refrigerator in order to make a simple carbonara. But that cannot be said about this flank steak marinade recipe.
This article has been crammed to the brim with all of the useful tips and tricks you need to make the most exquisite flank steak marinade and will also talk you through the steps you need to smoke your flank steak. I will also include some extra notes on how you can go about putting your own personal spin on the marinade so that you can create something unique for your guests to enjoy this weekend.
But before I get into the recipe, take a look at some of the other handy tips you must follow in order to cook the perfect steak. Check it out!
How Long Should You Cook A Steak?
Steak is one of those meats that are tricky to master. As I am sure you have experienced at many a dinner party yourself, if you leave your steak cooking just a few minutes too long it turns into that chewing gum steak that never ever seems to disintegrate in your mouth that even the dog will turn its nose up at. And if steak is cooked for too little time, even those who like a rare steak will be left wondering whether their cut is so rare that it is about to jump off of the dinner plate in front of them and attach itself back onto the cow it came from.
So what is the perfect cooking time for a brilliant cut of steak? It greatly depends on how “done” you would like it, but the most accurate way to gauge its cooking would be to use a meat thermometer. But just in case you haven’t got one of those, check out the following steak cooking guide for a 2cm thick cut of meat:
For a rare steak: Cook the steak for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or between 121 and 126 degrees Fahrenheit on a probe thermometer.
For a medium steak: Cook the steak for 4 minutes on each side or roughly 136 degrees on a probe thermometer.
For a well done steak: Cook the steak for 5 to 6 minutes on each side or between 146 and 156 degrees Fahrenheit on a probe thermometer.
Flank Steak Marinade Recipe
So, I know what you are thinking, less chat about it, let’s start making it! In order to enjoy the very best flank steak at the weekend, you will need a world-class, show-stopping marinade recipe that will take your steak to a whole new taste level. Bear in mind that only the very finest flank steak marinades infuse your steak with a hearty flavor whilst enriching the taste of the meat itself and bringing out its natural essence.
Are you ready to give this awesome flank steak recipe a whirl? I am sure you are fidgeting with excitement to do so. Take a look at the marinade recipe below and follow the steps for the most awesome and fragrant results.
One of my favorite things about this marinade is that it is super speedy to put together, so much so that you should have it whipped up within a mere 20 minutes or less – that includes preparation and cooking time! The recipe is ideal for 4 servings of flank steak or a 2 pound cut of the meat. You can alter the ingredients to suit your party.
Another great feature of this recipe is that it is easy to adapt. For example, if you see any products on the ingredients list that you know your family are not keen on, simply substitute them for a spice or condiment that you know will tickle their fancy. Piece of cake!
So without further ado, let’s get marinating!
Are you ready to put together one of the most flavorsome and rich flank steak marinades? Then pop down to your local supermarket to pick up the ingredients or raid your kitchen cupboards and let’s get started!
For the steak:
- 1 and ½ lb flank steak
For the marinade:
- ⅓ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp of Kosher salt
- 1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup (or 32 g) of brown sugar
- 1 ½ tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- 4 cloves of minced garlic (or 3 tsp of crushed garlic powder)
- 1 tsp of ground smoked paprika
- 1 tsp of cayenne pepper (optional)
- 2 tsp of dry mustard powder
- ¾ cup of soy sauce
There are so many great features about this recipe that really make it a pleasure to put together. One of them is how speedy it is to get the recipe going and the other is the unbeatable fragrance of the spices mixing together creating a fantastic aroma that is sure to whet your appetite immediately.
This recipe is dead easy to make, but even the simplest of recipes can be challenging when you do not have the proper instructions at hand to execute them. So take a look at the following list of steps that will help you to mix up the most sublime concoction of spices and prepare your cut of steak.
- Using a large resealable food bag, combine all of the marinade ingredients together, seal the bag and then shake the contents until they are well mixed.
- Remove three tablespoons of the marinade aside in a small bowl.
- Place the steak in the large resealable bag with marinade and massage the mix around the meat, making sure it is completely covered. Marinate overnight in the fridge or up to 24 hours. (Tip: the longer you can marinate your meat the more intense the flavor).
- Heat your grill to 450 degrees Fahrenheit or 230 degrees Celsius. Use a thermometer probe to measure the internal temperature of the meat and grill it until it reaches 130 degrees (or for about 5 minutes per side, depending on how well cooked you like your steak).
- One it has finished grilling, remove your steak from the heat and allow it to rest for up to 15 minutes on a platter.
- Slice the steak against the grain and drizzle it lightly with the leftover marinade or spoon it into small dip pots that your guests can help themselves to as and when they please.