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by Jenny Castaneda

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5 Best Ways to Enjoy Flank Steak

Grilled flank steak is delicious on its own, but if you’re tired of the same old same old, there are other ways to dress up and enjoy this cut of meat. I’m sure you’ve eaten at least one of these before, if not, fire up that grill and don’t hesitate to give these a try.

1. Surf and Turf

Steak and lobster is usually a match made in heaven. But really, pair any seafood with steak and you got yourself a gourmet meal right there. Omaha Steaks Flank Steak is a budget-friendly alternative to filet mignon or ribeye and served with some salt and pepper shrimp or pan-seared scallops, you’re guaranteed something delicious and restaurant-worthy.

Carnitas Style Grilled Beef tacos

Flank Steak in Carnitas Tacos

2. As Taco Meat

While skirt and flank steaks can be interchangeable used for carne asada tacos, I prefer to use flank steak because it’s more tender and juicy.  Using a chipotle rub, marinate flank steak for at least 4-6 hours (or even overnight) to give it a nice flavor. Chargrill, chop and fill lettuce cups (for paleo) or corn tortillas (if eating gluten-free) and load it up with pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, roasted onions, bell peppers and a generous serving of guacamole. If you’re unable to fold it like a regular taco because of all the good stuff, just call it an open faced taco and enjoy with a knife and fork!

3. Kabobs

Skewered meat is a great way to prepare a no-fuss meal by cooking everything together on the grill. That’s why most summer picnics and outdoor barbecues are great events to serve these up – no utensils needed! One of the ways I like to make it is to season strips of flank steak with garlic salt and some lime juice, then alternately thread it on a skewer with quartered sweet onions, zucchini and mushrooms. Combining the vegetables with the meat imparts additional flavor to the vegetables without having to season them separately.

Ranchero Beef Salad

Flank Steak in Salad

4. On a Salad

Thinly slice a grilled flank steak and serve it on top of salad greens with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, bacon, roasted bell peppers and sweet potatoes then drizzled with a zesty Chimichurri dressing or homemade vinaigrette. With all the different flavors and textures in one bowl, this salad is far from boring!

5. Stuffed

This is where you can get creative with your flank steak and add your favorite filling/stuffing to make it more exciting. A good one would be a combination of diced smoked Andouille sausages, onions, carrots, celery and dried cranberries. Lay your flank steak flat on a cutting board and season it with salt and pepper then place the filling on top, about 1-2 inches away from the edges to prevent them from spilling out. Grab the side closest to you and carefully roll it forward until you reach the other side. Tuck the ends underneath the flank steak roll and secure it with cooking twine. Brush the outside with ghee and bake it in the oven at 375F for 20-25 minutes or until the meat is cooked to your desired doneness. Let it rest before slicing. Enjoy!

Flank Steak Grilling Tips and Recipes






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About the Author

Jenny Castaneda lives in Southern California with her husband D and cat Mochi. She started a blog to share recipes with family and friends and also as a way to keep herself on track and connect with other fellow Paleo friends who have provided daily doses of inspiration and motivation along her journey towards a Paleo lifestyle. She enjoys traveling, photography and obstacle course racing. Subscribe to her blog, paleofoodiekitchen.com to receive email notifications whenever new recipes are posted.



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