Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Recipe Swap! Marinated Flank Steak

So this week's theme for the Recipe swap is Grilling. I love these swaps, they are so much fun. I gave a recipe I haven't blogged yet: Grilled Flank Steak with Mushrooms- THE 1st meal I ever made for my hubby when we started dating... & got this sort of similar one from my friend Gianna Marinated Flank Steak. We haven't been eating too much red meat lately at all for health's sake so this was a nice break.

Marinated Flank Steak 
I (Gianna) got this recipe from a friend and it's delicious!
(This is for 1 large steak, you may need to double or triple, depending on how many steaks you make.)
  • 1/4 cup oil (I use olive)
  • 3 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs. minced onion (I sometimes use onion powder)
  • 4 Tbs. Apricot Preserves (if you can't find that, you can use peach)
Whisk all ingredients in a bowl.  Put steak and marinade into a large zip lock bag.  Marinate for AT LEAST 3 hours...but it's best to do it over night....the longer it marinates the better for this recipe.    Make sure you toss the steak around the bag a bunch of times during the marinade process.
Get your grill as hot as you can and spray it with cooking spray.
Cook steak 3-4 minutes, then flip and do another 3-4 minutes.
Slice and serve!

Now because the recipe is from Gianna, this post, as her recipe, must be in comic sans font. No, really, it magically changed. It won't let me type in anything else now. ;-P 

I threw together the marinade last night... Using olive oil, red wine vinegar, LOW sodium soy sauce, 1-2 TBSp minced fresh garlic & onion & the apricot preserves (which I always have on hand for recipes- sweet & savory. It's a good pantry staple!) And mixed it all up into the Ziploc bag with the 1+ lb Flank steak & into the fridge.

I did not grill outside. Actually rarely do since I work then come home to cook & we live on the 2nd floor. Grilling outdoors is more of a weekend thing. Plus for the longest time, I had been a city apartment inhabitant. And A city resident's best friend? The grill pan! I absolutely love & cannot live with out mine- it's over 10 years old! It's the same pan I made the 1st meal for my hubby on. It's a square All-Clad. A-mazing! 

When I came home from work, I took the ziploc bag out & placed it on the counter top to come to room temperature. Then, along with hubby, took Gabriel outside for bubbles & sidewalk chalk time!  

Came inside, turned the burner on high, sprayed the pan with cooking spray, then seared the flank steak on both sides. I had the oven on making the side of roasted broccoli. I finished the steak off in the oven (we like it medium-well) by placing the entire grill pan in for 5 minutes.

Then I allowed the steak to rest on the cutting board for 10 minutes... Sliced & served with roasted broccoli mushrooms

The steak was delicious!!! So much flavor from the marinade! I highly recommend it. We'll be making this on the grill too. It is easy & doesn't take a lot of time. Thank you so much, Gianna!


  1. Can I come over when you make it again? Me likey steaky!!