Friday, February 10, 2012

Marinade for Flank Steak

For the better part of a decade, I was a stay-at-home Mom. I learned a great deal about cooking then, a lot of it from turning on PBS to watch Julia Child on weekday afternoons. At last, she did something even I could handle: marinating a flank steak. I can still hear her explaining how the olive oil in this recipe acts as a liaison for the other ingredients.

Because the recipe is so simple, I wondered how good it could be. Still, I gave it a try, and I’m glad I did. We’ve tried many flank steak marinades over the years, but we’ve never found one better.

I’ve tweaked this recipe a bit by increasing the amounts and marinating time, but it’s essentially Mrs. Child’s.


1 large shallot, chopped
4 Tbs. olive oil
3 Tbs. soy sauce
3 Tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. dried thyme
A few drops hot sauce

1. Trim a 1½ to 2-lb. flank steak and score lightly on each side.

2. Combine marinade ingredients and marinate steak at least 1 hour. Overnight is better.

3. Grill to desired doneness. Slice thinly, at an angle, and serve with preferred side dishes.


  1. We'll have to try this Pat, thanks for starting my taste buds going :) Now, which wine would Mrs. Childs have suggested?


  2. DH really likes flank steak, and this marinade looks like a winner. We'll have to try it for the grill on our next camping trip. Thanks, Pat.

  3. Dave, I don't know if Julia ever recommended wine to accompany a meal. She sure cooked with it, though. I'd personally pick a red or white French burgundy for this one. And a good card game, of course :-)

  4. Dawn, my DH isn't a big fan of beef, but he really likes this flank steak. I'm sure yours would love it, and it would be a simple but delicious meal for a camping trip. A Valentine's Day camping trip, maybe? :-)