Thursday, May 19, 2011

Grilled Balsamic Flank Steak

We did have guests for dinner, so I doubled the recipe. This picture is showing 8 servings





Oh my, was this good! The Tomato Gorgonzola Salad and the BBQ Potato, Bacon and Corn Salad was the perfect accompaniment. This recipe was adapted from "Cooking Light"


serves 4 ( 5 points + )



  • ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lb. flank steak
  • salt and pepper



Combine first four ingredients in a large ziplock bag. Add steak, turn to coat; marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature. Grill until desired doneness. Let stand, covered loosely with foil for 10 minutes, before cutting in thin strips against the grain.

76 comments:

  1. What does "T." mean, as in "1 T. Worcestershire sauce"?

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    1. Capitol T stands for tablespoon, while lower case t stands for teaspoon:)

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  2. Perfect! This was absolutely cooked to perfection and so flavorful! Trying Shrimp Alfredo tonight.

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  3. OMG! This recipe is GREAT. I am so glad that we found you on Pinterest.

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  4. I've also just used bottled Balsamic Vinegar salad dressing instead of mixing it up and it is fabulous!

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  5. So, so delicious! Thanks for such a great, easy marinade. We had the missionaries from our church over for dinner, a few of our kid's friends plus our large family of 10 and this was a hit with everyone! Can't wait to try more of your recipes!

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  6. Thank you, Heather. I am glad your family and your guests enjoyed this recipe!

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  7. This looks amazing! I am so glad that I found your site. I am always looking for healthier meals to feed my family. I love that you put the weight watchers points on your recipes.

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  8. I don't have a grill, how else can you cook this? Oven?

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    1. You would Broil if you don't have a grill. To Broil to put the oven rack high close to the top burner, then you use a broiling pan with the slits in it and you leave the door slightly ajar

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    1. No not a frying pan on Flank steak. It would be too tough to chew

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    2. not entirely true, if you sear it hot you will get more or less the same reaction as you would on the grill. The trick with most beef is fast and hot sear or low and slow.

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    3. Pan frying works out perfectly fine. Just ensure that you slice your meat on a bias, after resting. VERY tender.

      Great Recipe!

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  10. I made this and it was delicious! My boyfriend and I loved it!! The recipe is perfect. I was super sad I couldn't grill it (in a small apartment, and I don't have a grill!) but the sear/broil technique seemed to work good!! I even had enough to take to lunch the next day and my girl friend had some and loved it too!! I will be making it again tonight! Paired with my mashed potatoes and roasted green beans!! :)

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    1. We are apartment dwellers as well and I would not be able to live without my George Foreman grill! For real! I love it!

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    2. Try one of the set it and forget machines too..meats ALWAYS come out SOOOOO juicy and tasty..have had 2 now as we wear them out after 10 yrs or so..lol

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  11. Thank God I found you. I mean that sincerely. I lost 52 pounds on WW, but have had several months of NOT doing well. I've gained a few pounds back, and want to get back to what I know is right for me. This blog is awesome! I can't wait to pick your brain.

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  12. Mine always gets chewy from grilling even though it's still pink in the middle. Any suggestions? High heat vs low heat, etc.

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    1. I always use meat tenderizer with my flank steak. I sprinkle it all over both sides of the meat and then stab it with a fork all over before I put it in the marinade. I've never had a chewy steak that way.

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    2. Which way did you slice the meat? If you slice with the grain, it will be horribly chewy and tough. Amazingly, though, if you slice across the grain it becomes as tender as any steak I've ever had.

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  13. It must be fate...I saw this picture on Pinterest and had to get the recipe...who would have known it would have points values!! Thank you!!

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  14. LisaT,
    Hope you like this recipe. It is very tasty!

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  15. If you can't grill this what is another option? Want to impress!

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  16. BFL3,
    You can try broiling or pan frying if you like.

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  17. How long would you suggest broiling? if I decide to pan fry it would you suggest cutting it after?

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    1. I broil my flank steak 6 minutes on one side and 7 minutes on the other depending on thickness. This leaves the thicker ends slightly more pink and the thinner edges more towards well done.

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  18. Seriously GOOD!Once again, Pinterest delivers.

    My mom just started WW so your blog will be a sheer delight! Thanks.

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  19. BFL3,
    I would try broiling for 5-7 minutes per side. Then check and see if it is done enough for you. I would still let it stand, covered loosely with foil for 10 minutes. It will also cook a little more that way.

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  20. Heather Bright,
    Thank- you! I am glad you enjoyed it and I hope your mom finds many useful recipes from this site!

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  21. Ok did you cut it before you grilled it or afterwards i have never had flank steak i think i will try for a football game meal this weekend

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  22. flipflopgenna,
    You cut the steak 10 minutes after cooking. I hope you like it!

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  23. flipflopgenna,
    I love dishes and platters. A friend bought me this platter a couple of years ago at Target :)

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  24. This looks so good! I have flank steak in my fridge just waiting for this recipe tonight! What do you mean when you write the + after the point value? Thanks!

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  25. Emily,
    the + after the points value is based on the new Weight Watcher's system that came out last year called "Points Plus". The plus is to distinguish this system from the old points system.

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  26. Saw this on Pintsrest as well and bought the steak today. It's winter here in Wisconsin so grilling is not the best option. I had figured on broiling and hadn't thought of pan frying. Either way my mouth is watering in anticipation.

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  27. The "Unknown" post from 1-27 is me. I made this for dinner tonight. I have to admit that I'm a little sad. The flavor just wasn't there for me. Don't get me wrong; it was good but didn't wow me with the flavor. Maybe I needed to marinate longer? I did let it sit in the bag, on the counter, for about 40 minutes.

    I also had a 2.97lb steak so I tripled the marinade recipe. I put it under the broiler for 7 minutes each side and it came out somewhere between medium and medium well. So broiler worked great in lieu of a grill.

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    1. Unknown,
      Sorry you were disappointed in the recipe. We did like it as have most of the others who have tried it, but everyone has different tastes. Maybe you can adjust spices to your liking next time.
      We also have a George Foreman grill and that works well in the winter :)
      I am glad to know that a broiler worked well for this recipe, though!

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  28. I made this tonight. It was delicious! Thanks for posting this. I will be trying out some of your other recipes!

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  29. The best flank steak marinade. Ever! My family has a "secret" recipe for flank steak that has lasted ages. I've now turned them on to this simpler recipe and its winning my older family members over! I can't believe how easy and delicious this was. I did add a sprig of fresh rosemary to the mix while the meat was marinating. It really enhanced the flavor.

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    1. Also, I marinated the meat overnight. I don't think 30 minutes before cooking is enough to really bring out all the flavors. Just my two cents!

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    2. Glad you like this recipe. Thank you for your helpful hints as well!

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  30. Did you grill it wrapped in the foil?

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  31. I am making this tonight with a cut of meat called arracherra, here in Mexico. It is close to flank steak but thinner and super tender. I'll be cooking it on my George Foreman! THANKS! oh, I found your recipe on Pinterest!

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  32. You can marinade this for a day or two, for added tenderness!
    Gail

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  33. Just found you thanks to Pinterest! Can't wait to try this menu!

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  34. Tell me what you used for marinating. Looks yummy!

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  35. Mmm.. found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner tonight! I live alone and love to cook, but sometimes I'm just not up for a super lengthy process - this was short, easy and completely delish! Thanks!!

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  36. Nice recipe! Thank you for sharing it. I'm featuring it in my News of the Day today, together with a link to your blog post.

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  37. Just started Weight Watchers AGAIN 4 weeks ago. Can't wait to try some of your recipes. Thanks

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  38. I've been wanting to try to make a steak salad for ages. I think I'll be using this recipe for the steak part! ;)

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  39. Beautiful meat, looks like you had a fantastic meal!

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  40. I'm going to make this for when my daughter visits next week! So glad I found you on Pinterest!

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  41. A food trick I learned in Italy was to pour some olive oil over the steak after you slice it. It brings out so many flavors!

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  42. When does the salt and pepper from the ingredients come to play in the preparation?

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    1. Amber,
      sprinkle with salt and pepper after removing from marinade and before grilling.

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    2. That's what I ended up doing! Thanks for a great recipe! It turned out amazingly delicious and simple!

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  44. I'm excited to try this. However, is it easy to figure out which way the grain is going? I'm scared I'll cut it the wrong way.

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    1. Lewis,
      Look at the picture above. The direction the lines are going in the meat is the grain of the meat. Cut across the grain instead of with the grain. Hope that helps.

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  45. Just made this for dinner and it was super good. Thanks for the recipe!

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  47. Could you make this in a crock pot?

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    1. Melissa,
      I do not think it would have the same effect, but you can try it and let me know how it turns out!

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  48. Looks and sounds yummy. I am lacking in cooking knowledge and skills. My question, silly as it may sound, is when you talk about 'grilling' this flank steak, are you speaking about a a barbecue grill? Is there another kind? I am going to broil it tonight. Wish me luck! :)

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    1. Hi Judie,
      yes, a barbecue grill or indoor grill ( such as a George Foreman) or a grill pan on the stove. Let me know how it turns out broiled.

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  49. It gave me great quinces, and the recipe that I am not happy, I am very grabs! thank you in advance
    I board a good recipe already dealt a site like this http://le-couscous-marocain.com

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