Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

How to Prepare Flank Steak

From Steven Raichlen's The Barbecue! Bible

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A quick-cooking, flavorful cut of meat, flank steak is a favorite for the grill. When sliced correctly on the diagonal, the resulting pieces are tender and attractive.


Step 1: Using a chef’s knife, score the top and bottom of the flank steak in a crosshatch pattern. The cuts should be shallow—about 1/4-inch deep.


Step 2: Grill the flank steak until nicely browned on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. If you like, rotate the steak 90 degrees after 1 1/2 minutes to create an attractive crosshatch of grill marks.


Step 3: Turn the flank steak over and grill the second side the same way.


Step 4: To serve, thinly slice the flank steak sharply on the diagonal across the grain.


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