Flank steak is a popular and delectable cut of beef that, when prepared properly, can yield a soft and delightful supper.
Mastering the art of preparing a great flank steak needs the appropriate techniques and a few insider tips, whether you’re grilling, pan-searing, or broiling.
In this article, we’ll review the steps to ensure your flank steak is juicy, flavorful, and cooked to perfection.
Selecting the Best Flank Steak
The first step toward a successful culinary experience is selecting a high-quality flank steak. Look for a steak that is bright red in color, has little visible fat, and is of consistent thickness. Choose well-marbled meat for increased softness.
How to Marinate Flank Steak?
A good sauce goes well with flank steaks. Just a couple of hours in the marinade is enough to make them soft and give them a lot of flavor.
See our Soy-Marinated Flank Steaks to find out what goes into a great marinade for flank steak. This marinade has soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, vegetable oil, and sugar.
The soy sauce seasoning and flavoring the steak, the balsamic vinegar softening it, the vegetable oil keeping it juicy, and the sugar making it brown and caramelize.
How To Make Sure A Flank Steak Cooks Evenly?
A flank steak looks like a wedge and can weigh between one and two pounds. A flank steak usually has one end that is thicker than the other.
If one side is thicker than the other by more than 1/4 inch, it’s best to cut the thicker side away from, the thinner side to make sure the meat is cooked evenly.
Start by cooking the thicker half, then add the smaller half about halfway through cooking. Cook both pieces until they are done the way you want.
You can also flatten the steak by pounding it between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Or, if some people in your family like their steak medium-rare and others like it well done, leave the flank steak as is, and everyone will get what they want.
The Best Way To Cook Flank Steak: High Heat
The best way to cook a flank steak is over high heat. The faster and hotter it cooks, the less tough it will be. All of the ways to cook listed below require cooking quickly and hotly.
How To Grill A Flank Steak
When flank steaks are cooked on a hot grill, they get a nice crust on the outside. This Grilled Flank Steak with Mozzarella and Basil is pounded with a meat mallet, seasoned simply, cooked on a medium-high grill for four minutes per side, and served with a simple summer salad.
How To Broil Flank Steak
You can do more than just melt cheese with your grill. As an example, look at this simple grilled flank steak with herb oil.
Rub olive oil and salt and pepper on a flank steak, then slide it onto a sheet pan lined with foil to make cleanup easier. Then just cook it for 6 to 8 minutes, until it’s medium-rare. There’s no need to flip.
How To Cook A Flank Steak On The Stove
To cook flank steak on the stove, all you need is a big pan. Let’s look at Flank Steak with Smashed Potatoes to see how it’s done. In a big skillet, on high heat, you will heat the olive oil.
Season the steak with salt and pepper and cook it for about five minutes per side until it’s nicely browned. It was simple.
How To Cook Flank Steak In A Stir-Fry
How to cook side steak quickly? Putting it in a stir fry after slicing it thinly across the grain. Each piece of beef will be extra soft because you’ll be slicing it thinly against the grain many times.
The flank steak is cut thinly and cooked quickly in a hot pan. A black bean sauce is then used to coat the steak.
How To Stuff And Roll Flank Steak
The flank steak looks good when it’s dressed up. It can be butterflied and pounded into a large, thin steak, which can then be filled, rolled, and cooked to make an amazing main dish.
How To Know When Flank Steak Is Ready
Overcooked flank steak tends to be tough. As your steak cooks, watch the side. The color will start to change and move up the side.
When it gets about 1/4 inch up the side, it’s time to flip the steak. Keep cooking until doneness is reached. Since this cut gets tougher as it cooks, the less well done it is, the better.
With an instant-read thermometer, 125 to 130 F is rare to medium-rare.
Experimenting With Fusion Flavors
Try fusion cooking by marinating the flank steak with flavors from different countries. Asian, Mediterranean and Latin American flavors can all be used to make different marinades.
The best way to cook a flank steak is a mix of art and science. You can make a dish that pleases the senses and satisfies your hunger by choosing the right cut, mastering cooking methods, and experimenting with flavors.
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