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Mouthwatering Mastery: Grilled Marinated Flank Steak
Cook The Perfect Grilled Marinated Flank Steak With Jerk Sauce
If you're looking to take your grilling game to the next level, then look for this delicious grilled marinated flank steak with Sauces by Jrk! This flavorful and juicy steak dish is perfect for any summer barbecue or special occasion. It's easy to make and sure to impress. Marinating the steak in a blend of spices and herbs helps tenderize it while giving it an amazing flavor that will have everyone asking for seconds. Then, top off the perfectly cooked steak with one of two sauces—a jerk sauce or a Bonnet hot sauce—for extra oomph. Serve this mouthwatering meal with your favorite side dishes, like roasted potatoes or grilled vegetables, and enjoy!
What Is Flank Steak And Its Ingredients?
Flank steak is a delicious cut of beef that comes from the abdominal area of the cow. It is a long and flat cut that has a distinctive grain that runs across the steak. Flank steak is universal and can be used in many dishes such as tacos, fajitas, stir-fries, and salads.
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Jerk sauce
Tips For Marinating The Steak For Optimal Results
Marinating your grilled flank steak is an essential step to achieving optimal flavor and tenderness. Here are some tips to help you marinate your steak for optimal results:
Choose The Right Marinade
It's necessary to choose the right marinade for your steak. The marinade should be acidic and flavorful, so it helps tenderize the steak while imparting flavor. Traditional marinades generally consist of an acid such as lemon juice, vinegar, or wine, plus oil and seasonings such as herbs, garlic, and spices. The longer the steak marinades, the more flavorful it will be.
Marinate For The Right Amount Of Time
The amount of time required to marinate your flank steak will depend on the cut and thickness, as well as the acidity levels in your marinade. Generally speaking, for a 1/2-inch thick steak, you should marinate for at least 4-5 hours. For thicker cuts, increase the time accordingly. It's best not to marinate the steak for more than 24 hours, as it can become too tough.
Properly Store The Marinated Steak
Once the steak is fully marinated, it should be stored in an airtight container or plastic bag in the refrigerator until ready to cook. Make sure to keep it away from any other food that raw meat juices might cross-contaminate. This helps the steak absorb the flavors and prevents contamination.
Use A Food-Safe Plastic Bag
When marinating the steak, it is best to use a food-safe plastic bag or container. This allows the flavors of the marinade to penetrate the steak evenly and prevents cross-contamination. It also helps keep your refrigerator clean and hygienic by containing any leaks from raw meat juices.
Bring The Marinated Steak To Room Temperature Before Grilling
Before cooking, it's important to bring the steak to room temperature. This ensures that it steaks evenly and prevents it from becoming tough or dry. Allowing the steak to sit out for at least 20 minutes before grilling will achieve the best results.
Grill Preparation Guides And Proper Heat Control
Properly Prepping the grill and controlling the heat are crucial steps to ensuring that your grilled marinated flank steak comes out perfectly cooked and full of flavor. Here are some tips on how to prep the grill and control the heat:
Clean The Grill Before Use
Before grilling, it's essential to clean the grill grates with a wire brush. This helps remove any buildup of food particles or grease that can cause sticking during cooking. Additionally, the wire brush can remove charred residue from previous grilling sessions, which will enhance the flavor of the steak. It's also important to scrape off any rust buildup on the grates.
Oil The Grates
Be sure to oil the grates before cooking. This helps prevent sticking and reduces flare-ups from fat dripping onto the flame. To do this, dip a paper towel in a small amount of vegetable oil and rub it over the grates before starting to cook.
Preheat The Grill
Before cooking, it's important to preheat the grill. This guarantees that it is prepared for the steak and that any flare-ups brought on by fat dripping onto the flame will be at their lowest. Preheat one side to medium heat (about 400°F) and the other side to low heat (about 350°F).
Control The Heat
Once the steak is on the grill, it's important to control the heat. Use the medium-heat side for searing, and then move the meat to the low-heat side to finish cooking. This helps prevent burning and ensures that your steak comes out perfectly cooked with a juicy and flavorful interior.
Use A Meat Thermometer
Using a meat thermometer is also important to ensure that your steak is grilled to the desired doneness. Insert it into the center of the steak and check for an internal temperature of 145°F for medium-rare. Be sure to take the steak off the heat once it reaches this temperature, as continued cooking will cause it to become dry and tough.
How Do You Identify When The Steak Is Done Cooking?
There are some ways to determine the level of doneness when your grilled, marinated flank steak is done cooking. Here are some common methods:
Check The Feel Of The Steak
When touching the steak to determine doneness, the most important thing to note is the firmness of the steak. A medium-rare steak will be tender but still slightly firmer than a rare steak. It should also be springy when pressed with a finger and have a reddish pink hue on the inside. To further check for doneness, cut a small slit in the steak and take a peek inside.
Check The Color Of The Meat
The color of the steak is another way to determine its doneness. A medium-rare steak should still have some pink in the center and be lightly charred on the outside. If it has an overly brown hue, then it is likely overcooked.
Rest The Steak
It's important to let the steak rest after it's been cooked to the desired doneness. This makes the steak more tender and juicy by redistributing the juices throughout the meat. Letting your steak rest for 5 minutes before serving will ensure that you get the best results.
Serving Suggestions For Your Grilled Marinated Flank Steak
Here are some serving suggestions for your marinated flank steak:
Slice Against The Grain
To ensure that the steak is as tender and juicy as possible, it's important to slice it against the grain. This means cutting across the muscle fibers instead of parallel to them. Cutting against the grain results in shorter pieces of meat that are easier to chew. Additionally, it helps retain more of the natural flavor and juices within the steak, resulting in a more flavorful dish.
Pair With A Side Salad
A side salad is a great accompaniment for grilled marinated flank steak. A simple green salad with some crunchy vegetables, such as peppers and cucumbers, will provide a nice contrast to the rich flavors of the steak. For an added touch, top your plate with a few slices of avocado or sprinkle some crumbled feta cheese over the salad.
Serve With Roasted Vegetables
Roasted vegetables are also a great accompaniment to grilled marinated flank steak. Try tossing some Brussels sprouts, carrots, or potatoes with a bit of olive oil and herbs before roasting them in the oven. The flavors will combine nicely with the steak to create an unforgettable meal.
Garnish With Fresh Herbs
Adding fresh herbs to your grilled, marinated flank steak is the best way to add a bright, aromatic flavor. Thyme and rosemary are two popular options for finishing off the dish, but you can also experiment with other herbs like oregano, parsley, or tarragon. Fresh herbs have an intense flavor that will enhance the steak and make it even more delicious.
Serve With A Bonnet Hot Sauce
If you like a bit of kick in your steak, then consider serving it with a bonnet hot sauce. This popular Caribbean condiment is made from Scotch bonnet peppers and has a unique flavor that pairs perfectly with grilled steak. The spicy notes add an extra layer of depth to the dish and will give it an extra burst of flavor.
Substitutes For Traditional Grilling
If you're looking for substitutes for traditional grilling, there are several methods you can try:
Broiling is a great way to get the same seared, grilled flavor as an outdoor grill. Simply adjust your oven to the highest setting and preheat for 10 minutes before adding your steak. Place the steak close to the heat source and grill for 3-5 minutes until it reaches the desired doneness.
Oven roasting is another great alternative to outdoor grilling. Preheat your oven to 375°F, then place on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Roast the steak for 25–30 minutes, or until it reaches your desired doneness.
Griddle Or Skillet
If you don't have access to an outdoor grill, a griddle or skillet can be used to achieve similar results. Preheat the griddle or skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes before adding your steak.