In the ongoing quest to find healthier recipes — while not compromising flavor — I found this great South Beach recipe. Our kids love flank steak. And, it’s one of the lower fat and less expensive beef options — which I appreciate.
I also like the fact that I can serve this Chili-Rubbed Flank Steak with Sweet Onion Relish a number of ways. It’s great with rice, served as soft tacos, or as part of a green salad. And, the left overs are great in sandwiches, quesadillas or salads!
Chili-Rubbed Flank Steak
with Sweet Onion Relish
4 servings (unless you have teenagers)
1 1/2 lbs. Flank Steak
7 tsp. fresh Lime Juice
2 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder
1 medium Sweet Onion, minced (Vidalia is a great choice)
1/3 c. chopped fresh Cilantro
1. You can broil or grill the steak. So make the necessary preparations by lighting the grill or heating the broiler.
2. Place flank steak in large glass pyrex dish. Rub the top side of the steak with 2 tsp. of lime juice. I “spoon & rub” the lime juice on the steak. Then sprinkle 2 tsp. of chili powder on the steak and rub it in using the back of the spoon. Season lightly with salt. Flip the steak over and do the same with 2 tsp. lime juice, 2 tsp. chili powder and salt. Let the steak marinate as you make the onion relish.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the minced onion, cilantro, remaining 5 tsp. of lime juice, and remaining 1/2 tsp. chili powder. (You can add more chili powder if you like. I usually add 1 tsp.)
4. Broil the steak 6 inches from the heat for about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Or you can throw the steak on the grill and grill accordingly.
5. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let sit for 5 minutes before thinly slicing at an angle against the grain. Serve with onion relish. Sour cream is a nice condiment with the steak.
- I buy flank steak at Costco. It comes 2 steaks to a pack averaging 3 to 4 pounds total. I grill both steaks at once (our teenagers eat a lot). I add 3-4 more teaspoons of lime juice and 2 more teaspoons of chili powder for the marinade/rub. The recipe above makes enough relish to serve with 3 to 4 lbs of flank steak, so I don’t adjust the relish recipe.
- This is a great recipe for those trying to eliminate or reduce added oil and fats in recipes.