My vegetarian son says if one dish could ever lure him back to meat, this would be it. The trick here is the kid-pleasing marinade, which is essential for both flavour and tenderness because flank is a tougher cut
Recipe by Bonny Reichert
1/2 medium onion, sliced
1 to 2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tbsp tamari, or soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
lime juice, from 1/2 lime
1 tbsp maple syrup, or brown sugar
pinch hot-pepper flakes, (optional)
1 800-g to 1.5-kg beef flank steak
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
Place all the marinade ingredients in a large zip-top bag and squish to combine. Add the steak, seal the bag and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
When you're ready to cook, remove steak from bag, discarding marinade. Sprinkle meat with a little salt and pepper. Cook on a grill, preheated to high, for 7 to 9 minutes each side for medium rare, turning once. (Rainy day? No outdoor grill? Try pan-searing - search for "Pan-seared Steak in our Recipe File).
After cooking, let meat rest 5 to 10 minutes to retain its juices. Slice thinly across the grain, on the diagonal, and serve with rice or stir-fried veggies, or on a bed of salad greens.
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