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Flank steak can a fairly tough cut of meat due to its leanness. Our simple marinade has just four ingredients and is the perfect way to prep flank steak for the grill. While acidic citrus juice and salty soy sauce act to both season and tenderize the steak, olive oil helps to keep the meat supple and juicy. A small amount of brown sugar brings out the meat's natural sweetness and helps to create a slightly caramelized crust once the steak hits the grill.
While the marinade is 100 percent optional, we promise you won't regret it. All you need is 30 extra minutes of marinating time to make that steak extra flavorful and extra delish.
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Can you use another oil? The marinade is super flexible. You can use another oil, but olive oil's flavor has a buttery note that more neutral oils like vegetable and canola just won't provide. For the soy sauce, you can substitute in tamari to make it gluten-free, or use Worcestershire or fish sauce for a funkier kick. No citrus on hand? Use an equal amount of balsamic vinegar for the right balance of sweetness and acidity.
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Editor's note: The introduction to this recipe was updated January 14, 2022.
Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 mins
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Total Time: 50 mins
IngredientsFor the marinade
- 1/3 c.
extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 c.
reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp.
lime (or lemon) juice
- 2 tbsp.
packed light brown sugar
- 2 lb.
Freshly ground black pepper
- In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, and brown sugar. Add steak and toss until coated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours.
- Remove steak from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Season lightly with salt (remember that there's soy sauce in the marinade) and pepper.
- To grill: Preheat grill to medium-high. Place steak on grill and cook to your liking, about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. (Cooking time will vary due to thickness of your steak.)
- To broil: Preheat oven broiler to high. Place steak on a sheet pan and cook, turning once halfway through, until cooked to your liking, about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. (Cooking time will vary due to thickness of your steak.) Let rest before slicing and serving.
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