Cilantro-Lime Marinated Flank Steak

I saw this marinade recipe in the June 2012 issue of Cuisine at Home and decided to make it for dinner. I marinated the beef in half of the marinade for 3-4 hours before grilling it up.  I served the flavorful and tender flank steak with the other half of the marinade as a dipping sauce.  My kids could not get enough of this steak and tart dipping sauce.  They ate every single bite on their plate which made me very happy.  My husband had the leftovers for lunch the following day and said it was delicious.  I served this steak with a delicious chopped salad which will post tomorrow.

Place the cilantro, lime juice, oil, garlic, green onions, Serrano chile, and sea salt together in a bowl.  Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.  Place a flank steak into a large zip lock bag and pour half of the marinade into the bag.  Squish the bag so the marinade is completely covering the flank steak.  Place into the refrigerator and let marinate for 3-4 hours.  Reserve the other half of the marinade as a dipping sauce.

Remove the steak from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to grilling.  Preheat the grill to medium high heat.  Brush grill grate with oil.  Grill flank steak, covered, for 2-3 minutes per side for medium-rare.  If using a grill pan, heat the pan over medium high heat and coat with cooking spray.  Place the flank steak into the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on the first side, flip and cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side for medium-rare.  Transfer to a cutting board and let the meat rest for 5-7 minutes before slicing and serving with reserved sauce.  Enjoy.

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Cilantro-Lime Marinated Flank Steak

Yield: 5

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 6-7 min.

Total Time: 4 hours 12 minutes (including marinating)

Ingredients:

1 cup of fresh cilantro
1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves of garlic
2 green onions, chopped
1 serrano chile, seeded if desired, chopped
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 lb flank steak

Directions:

Place the cilantro, lime juice, oil, garlic, green onions, Serrano chile, and sea salt together in a bowl. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Place a flank steak into a large zip lock bag and pour half of the marinade into the bag. Squish the bag so the marinade is completely covering the flank steak. Place into the refrigerator and let marinate for 3-4 hours. Reserve the other half of the marinade as a dipping sauce.

Remove the steak from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to grilling. Preheat the grill to medium high heat. Brush grill grate with oil. Grill flank steak, covered, for 2-3 minutes per side for medium-rare. If using a grill pan, heat the pan over medium high heat and coat with cooking spray. Place the flank steak into the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on the first side, flip and cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let the meat rest for 5-7 minutes before slicing and serving with reserved sauce. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cuisine at Home - June 2012

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33 Responses to “Cilantro-Lime Marinated Flank Steak”

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    jackie @ marin mama cooks — May 9, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    You know I am a cilantro-lime fan. I am definitely going to make this marinade. I bet it would even taste good on grilled chicken, what do you think? BTW, your steak photo looks great, so great that I want to take a bite. Great job photographing the meat as I am still learning.

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    Lynda — May 9, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    I love the flavors of lime and cilantro together and have used it on many different cuts of meat. I love the looks of your delicious flank steak.

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    The Duo Dishes — May 9, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    Also cilantro and lime fans here. Especially if there’s a bit of spice in there too…a sweetness. :) If you have leftovers, you can use the meat in so many other ways.

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    Blog is the New Black — May 10, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    This looks amazing! I looooove cilantro and this looks like a nice summer steak.

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    Kim in MD — May 10, 2012 @ 3:27 am

    Yum! I saw this recipe in that issue and have been wanting to try it. Thanks for “testing” it for me! If you and your family loved it I know my family will love it, too! I can’t wait for the chopped salad recipe, Pam!

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    Sandi — May 10, 2012 @ 3:38 am

    Yum…that looks excellent Pam. I make an Asian type flank steak but this one looks even better. Definitely will make it!

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    Tanya Schroeder — May 10, 2012 @ 4:14 am

    This looks wonderful! For some reason steak can really intimidate me, but i should try this!

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    Martha — May 10, 2012 @ 5:00 am

    Oh that looks/sounds fantastic! I must give it a try!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 10, 2012 @ 5:14 am

    Freaking gorgeous! Love the charred grill marks. This would be absolutely perfect for tacos and/or burritos! Yum!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal) — May 10, 2012 @ 5:53 am

    If the steak was half as good as it looks in your photo then it was terrific. I make a similar sauce but there is no green onions in it. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

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    Just One Donna — May 10, 2012 @ 6:07 am

    I love these flavors with steak. One of my favorites is topping the grilled steak with chili-lime butter. I’m so happy grilliing season is back! Here’s the link to my cumin grilled rib-eye with chili lime butter. http://www.justonedonna.com/2011/05/cumin-grilled-rib-eye-steak-with-chili.html

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    Peggy Recker — May 10, 2012 @ 6:20 am

    Another great recipe!

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    Larry — May 10, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    After years of nothing on meat but S&P, I’m glad I finally discovered the benefits of marinades and sauces. This looks killer and sounds like the cilantro version of chimichurri and I know I’d like it

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    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — May 10, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Those are all my favorite flavors! This looks so good, I am dying to cook some steaks!

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    dena — May 10, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    That sauce look oh so yummy! This is a winner!

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    Marjie — May 10, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    Great looking flank steak!

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    universal cookin — May 10, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    Very nice pictures !

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    grace — May 10, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    look at all that green! i love that you saved some of the marinade for a sauce–good thinking!

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    Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats — May 10, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    Too funny – I just featured flank steak in fajitas on my blog today! Love this cut of meat!

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives — May 10, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    My family will love this recipe, Pam. It looks like we are finally going to get some decent grilling weather. I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and look forward to seeing you at the market soon.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — May 10, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    Yum, looks delicious. The dipping sauce looks wonderful.

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — May 11, 2012 @ 4:43 am

    Great flavors! I’ll use this recipe this week with flat iron steaks that I have.
    Enjoy your Mother’s Day!

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    Joanne — May 11, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    When cilantro and lime are in the mix, you know you just can’t go wrong! This sounds great!

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    Chris — May 13, 2012 @ 5:40 am

    Fabulous! This looks like something I would make up for the grill, I love everything about it. Flank steak is probably my 2nd favorite cut of beef, second only to ribeye.

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — May 13, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    One of my favorite flavor combinations!

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    Missy — May 13, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    This was lovely! I threw the marinade together and stuck it in the fridge before the boys & I took my mom to the beach for the day. When my husband got off work, and we were on our way home, he threw it on the BBQ. Soooo good!! (And easy :) ) Thank you, Happy Mother’s Day!

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    101 Memorial Day Recipes - I Wash You Dry — May 25, 2012 @ 1:44 am

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    Julie — June 24, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    Super easy, super delicious. My kind of recipe. Will definitely make this one again!!

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    Erik C — September 26, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    Can someone please leave an actual review? It’s great that you all think the dish sounds yummy, do you really need to tell the world that it’s a good read?

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    • Erik C replied: — September 26th, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

      I guess Missy and Julie made the dish but seriously people.

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    Alex — March 1, 2014 @ 6:26 am

    I did this on the skillet, and it turned out fantastic. I mixed the leftover marinade with fat free plain Greek yogurt to make it a bit creamier and cut the potency a bit, and that was a hit. It also requires less of the marinade to be set aside. This will definitely be part of my arsenal moving forward. Thank you!

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    Dianna — July 9, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    I make this marinade with chicken and it’s fantastic – best I’ve found. I marinade for 30-45 minutes and whatever sticks to the chicken goes into the pan with it. There’s so much wonderful flavor and it’s the perfect combination.

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