Marinated and Grilled Flank Steak

How To Flavor & Cook A Flank Steak

Welcome, grill masters and grill novices alike! Are you looking for a delicious steak recipe to try without having to go to Outback Steakhouse this evening with the family? Bring the smokehouse glory to your home this evening by reading this blog post.

Learn about flank steak, how to enhance its flavor, and exclusive pro tips for preparing and cooking the steak.
Marinated and Grilled Flank Steak

What is a flank steak?

Steak is a delicious cut of meat and there are many varieties that come from a cow. Today, we will discuss the flank steak. The flank steak is harvested from the bottom of the cow’s stomach. It is a thin cut of meat that gets even thinner as it is cooked.

Despite it being a lean meat, it can also be tough in texture. Achieve a moist and delicious flank steak by following the guidelines for enhancing its flavor and cooking it as mentioned below.

Pro tip: Thinly slicing the flank steak against the grain is the best way to enjoy its deliciously beefy flavor and to experience the utmost tenderness out of this cut of meat.

How do I enhance the flavor of a flank steak?

Dry rubs and marinades work the best to flavor a flank steak. Dry rubs impart a bold flavor without the need for marinading the meat overnight. Think of dry rubs as a quick solution for flavorful beef flank steak on a time crunch. Marinades are known to help deeply flavor and tenderize the meat so it is more moist after cooking.

A flank steak marinade that sits with the meat overnight is the better solution for when you have more time to prepare the steak.

For dry rubs, use onion powder and garlic powder as a base flavor. For overnight marinades, any premise marinade from the grocery store of your choice works well. However, having your overnight marinade homemade will allow you to customize the flavor more to your liking. Try soy sauce as a base for the first overnight marinades that you make for flank steak.

Pro tip: A dry rub can sit on the flank steak for at least 10 minutes before being cooked. You can let it sit longer for up to an hour to impart more flavor. For a marinade, you can let the steak sit for 3-5 hours or even overnight for a deeper flavor.

What’s a delicious starter recipe for cooking a flank steak?

Beef flank steak recipes are all over the Internet nowadays as people attempt to cook this popular cut of meat with their own flair. You can choose to grill, pan sear, or broil a beef flank steak after you have chosen your desired flavoring. Choose the cooking method that is most comfortable for you.

Since this is a flank steak recipe for grill master novices, this recipe will involve pan searing the meat. Get started on your grilling journey with this starter recipe.

Sweet, Smoky, & Savory Beef Flank Steak


  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard seeds (or use ground mustard)
  • 2-3 pounds of flank steak
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Step 1: Ground the Mustard Seeds

If you are using ground mustard, you can skip this step. If you are using ground mustard seeds, you will have a smokier flavor for your flank steak. Cook the seeds on medium heat until you smell their aroma. Transfer them to a mortar and pestle to make the mustard seeds into ground mustard. Let the ground mixture sit to cool for 5 minutes.

Step 2: Mix the Spices

Measure the paprika, cayenne pepper, dried basil, salt, pepper, packed brown sugar, garlic powder, and onion powder all into a small bowl. Combine the seasonings with a fork or whisk. Once the ground mustard has cooled, mix that in with the other spices.

Step 3: Apply the Dry Rub

Distribute the dry rub on both sides of each flank steak you are preparing. Let the dry rub sit on the flank steak for 10-60 minutes based on your desired depth of flavor.

Step 4: Cook & Enjoy!

Pan sear the flank steaks on high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side depending on your desired fineness. Enjoy as steak fajitas or by itself with a side of vegetables and mashed potatoes. Flank steak also makes awesome leftover sandwiches for work for you or school for the kids or grandkids the next day!

Pro tip: No matter whatever kind of beef flank steak recipes you try, remember to always cook the meat at a high heat so it is tender and moist every time.

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What’s the takeaway?

Now that you have learned about flank steak, how to flavor it, and a starter recipe, you can expand and try more recipes that include overnight marinades. You can even vary the types of steak dishes that you can make at home so you are eating at restaurants less throughout the week.

Learning how to cook flank steak at home will help with meal planning so you can always have a delicious dinner during the busy work week. Have a steakhouse menu one night per week so you can perfect your steak cooking skills over time!

Bonus pro tip: As you try out more recipes, document your favorite ones however you want. Print them out from online or make a copy of it from one of your cookbooks. You can file these in a meal planning binder for future reference. If you find online recipes and would rather not print them out, save them in a Pinterest folder exclusively for steak recipes.

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