My Favorite Flank Steak
As a kid growing up I ate a lot of flank steak. The beef available on Guam at the time was usually from Australia and of good quality. After living in the “people fusion” that is Seattle, it would not be uncommon to find a tub of pre-prepared “Kalbi marinade”. This marinade/style of seasoning is Korean I think and very much like a “kicked up a notch” teriyaki sauce, if I can quote Emeril. My sometimes food snob husband doesn’t like flank steak very much but will eat it if it’s medium rare, sliced thinly across the grain and with 2 giant mounds of cooked jasmine rice.
Kalbi Flank Steak
½-1 t. scant bit of sesame oil
Chili oil to taste
¼-½ C. brown sugar and/either or honey
Thinly sliced green onions (I left this out since I couldn’t find any)
2 smashed garlic cloves
Several pieces of sliced then julienne ginger root
Black or white sesame seeds or both
½+ C. soy sauce
All measurements are to be specified individually. I like sweet meat but I know some people don’t and I love things spicy. I say just wing it!
Marinate the meat for as long as you can. Before cooking bring the meat to room temp. and grill or BBQ. Since this marinade has a bit of sugar/sweetness to it, BBQ is the best way to cook if you don’t want charred sugar in your skillet. Another great way to prepare this dish is to broil on high turning once in your over. Line a baking sheet or pan with foil for easy clean up. Slice thinly across the grain and serve on a bed of white rice.
The other way I like to make flank steak is a bit more tropical.
Tropical Flank Steak
½ t. oregano or thyme
1 t. cumin
1 t. ground cardamom-this is a must
Dashes of clove, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon (whatever you’ve got)
2 cloves smashed garlic
Chili flakes or a seeded jalapeno
Sliced red onion
Bit of brown sugar or honey
Salt and pepper
Juice and rind of 1 lime/lemon or both
Marinate the meat as long as you can, grill, broil or BBQ until medium rare, slice and serve with tropical salsa and grilled pineapples. I need to make this soon but have a hard time finding cilantro and avocados here.
½ C. each of peeled and diced mango, avocado, pineapple, chopped cilantro, jicama, it’s all up to you!
1-2 seeded and diced jalapenos
Diced red onion to taste
Lime juice/lemon juice
Salt and Pepper
Add all the ingredients together in a large bowl, carefully fold everything together, let sit for 15-30 minutes for flavors to develop and enjoy.
A sidenote: Both recipes can be made with skirt and hanger steaks too.