Flank Steak Marinade

3 07 2009

I just returned from an amazing weekend at my friend Ross’ ranch.  As is usual with my crowd, I was assigned dinner which a wholeheartely accepted.  This was partially because I don’t have ready access to a BBQ grill while living in a high rise building here in Austin.  Any chance I have to use a grill, I will gladly jump at the chance.

On the ranch.

On the ranch.

I decided to try a few summer salad dishes and then grill marinated flank steak.  Dessert was easy because there were fresh strawberries at Central Market, so I decided on vanilla pound cake with strawberries.  Because I am fairly social, I hate spending all evening in the kitchen cooking while everyone else has fun.  So I prepared the food beforehand, and then just put it all together at the ranch.


It's easier to prepare food before a party!

Everyone raved at the flank steak that we grilled.  It’s such an easy recipe that I originally got from my friend Becca (who got it from an old mission companion of hers).  There are only a few ingredients and you just need to marinate the steaks for 3-4 hours.

Flank Steak Marinade

Marinates 1 large steak (double if you are using more than one steak)


1/2 c soy sauce

1/4 c water

1 t ginger (peeled and sliced)

2 cloves garlic (smashed)

2 T white vinegar

1 T olive oil

1 T sugar

1/2 t black pepper

1/2 t red pepper flakes


  1. Put flank steak in 1 gallon Ziploc freezer bag.
  2. In small bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until sugar dissolves.
  3. Pour marinade over flank steak and seal bag squeezing out as much air as you can.
  4. Allow to marinate for 3-4 hours.
  5. Grill steak on hot BBQ grill for 4-5 minutes on each side for medium-rare (6-7 for medium).  I refuse to cook any red meat past medium!