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Flank Steak with Lime Marinade

It's very lean, so flank steak requires tenderizing; marinate before cooking, and thinly slice against the grain before serving.

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  • Servings: 4
Flank Steak with Lime Marinade

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2005


  • 1/3 cup (about 4 limes) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 scallions (about 1/3 cup), thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced, peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak
  • Vegetable oil, for grates
  • Coarse salt and ground black pepper


  1. In a resealable plastic bag, combine lime juice, soy sauce, scallions, ginger, and red-pepper flakes. Add steak, and seal bag (place in a dish to catch any leaks); marinate in the refrigerator, turning occasionally, up to 1 hour.

  2. Heat grill to high; lightly oil grates. Remove steak from marinade, letting excess drip off (discard marinade); season with salt and black pepper. Place on grill; cover. Cook, turning once, until meat reaches desired doneness, 6 to 8 minutes for medium-rare. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing thinly.

Reviews (15)

  • voodoo mama 27 Jul, 2012

    I have marinaded for an hour and for 24 hours--would definitely recommend 24 hours--was not very tender after an hour. The nutritional info from another site is as follows: Per serving: 296 calories; 14.2 grams fat; 37.1 grams protein; 3.6 grams carbohydrates; 0.3 gram fiber

  • ugfug 29 Jun, 2010

    VERY good. Awesome flavors, easy, tender meat, and an excellent meal. The sandwich this goes with with shredded carrots is excellent as well.

  • CathytheCook 23 Jun, 2010

    This is a favorite. It's easy, delicious, and if there is anything leftover it can be used in salads and sandwiches.

  • Taxgoddess 30 Oct, 2008

    Excellent marinade. I used it on tri-tip. Very easy to prepare.

  • lotusmama 7 Sep, 2008

    This was on our weekly summer menu. Quick, easy and very flavorful.

  • scmacri 13 Aug, 2008

    I actually bought nearly 3 lbs of skirt steak, used some of it for the fajita recipe on here (which is FABULOUS), used some of for this. Worked great, and was perfectly seasoned.

  • julieannebelich 5 Aug, 2008

    I used a larger piece of steak and saved leftovers to make fajita's later in the week. Delicious marinade!

  • Em119 3 Aug, 2008

    I just noticed that this said to marinate only about an hour. I guess because it's from Everyday Food...but I've always marinated flank steak for at least a day or two...delicious and tender!!

  • Em119 3 Aug, 2008

    As far as I know...flank steak is "flank steak" in Canada. I sometimes have a hard time finding it though. If you can't find it in the meat section of the grocery store, they usually have it at the fresh meat counter...or ask the butcher. I get them at Costco sometimes. "Skirt steak" is a similar cut, but that is a more common name in the U.S. I believe. Flank steak is always one of my favourites so I'm looking forward to trying this marinade.

  • mommyof2monkeys 3 Aug, 2008

    this is absolutely delicious. i let my flank steak marinate for several hours, and it turned out wonderful!

  • lanark22 31 Jul, 2008

    Okay I am sure that this question has been asked many times but what is flank steak called in Canada?

  • DemiKazanis 30 Jul, 2008

    This is DELICIOUS! I used flat iron steak, very similar meat and it tasted great!

  • ScrapbookQueen 30 Jul, 2008

    Has anyone found the nutrient info on any of these recipes?

  • melveeta 30 Jul, 2008

    For filets, I simply use olive oil, salt and pepper. Sometimes I'll rub a garlic clove around the filet or add a tiny drizzle of fresh lemon juice. For flank steak, though, I use olive oil. soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, green onions, cilantro, kosher salt, black pepper, garlic, and fresh lime juice and marinate overnight (I usually make a batch of sangria at the same time and marinate THAT overnight, as well). Yum!

  • SunflowerRae 13 Jul, 2008

    I couldn't believe how flavourful this marinade made the meat after only one hour. Very good.

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