If you’ve been wondering how to cook flank steak, or just need some fresh ideas, we have you covered!
This collection of easy Flank Steak Recipes includes an amazing variety of dishes. From grilled steaks with different tasty marinades to quick stir frys, tacos to one pan skillet meals, you’ll find it all here.
So whether you need a quick weeknight dinner or something really impressive for guests or special occasions, you’ve come to the right place.
Cook your way through all of these incredible flank steak recipes, we’re sure you’ll find some new favorites!
Tips for Buying and Cooking Flank Steak
Before getting to the individual recipes, let’s go over a a few tips to make you a flank steak master!
- Look for Even Thickness: Ensure that the flank steak has a uniform thickness to cook evenly.
- Check the Color: Fresh flank steak should have a bright red color without any dark or brown spots.
- Examine the Grain: Opt for cuts that have distinct long fibers, indicating that it’s a quality piece of meat.
- Marinate for Flavor: Because flank steak is a lean cut, it benefits from a marinade to infuse it with flavor and tenderize the meat. Marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight for best results.
- High Heat is Your Friend: Cook on high heat to sear the exterior, trapping the juices inside and creating a flavorful crust.
- Cook to Medium Rare: Flank steak is best enjoyed medium-rare to ensure it remains juicy and tender. Aim for an internal temperature of 130-135°F (54-57°C).
- Slice Against the Grain: Always slice against the grain when serving. This will make each bite tender and easier to chew.
Flank Steak Recipes:
1. Vaca Frita (Cuban Crispy Shredded Beef)
Time to get cooking another Cuban favorite… Vaca Frita!! It’s very straight forward, and tastes so delicious.
Flank steak is slowly stewed for hours and tenderized. But we are not stopping there. Once the meat is fork tender, shred it and fry it to crispy perfection with lots of garlic and lime.
Get the Recipe: Cuban Vaca Frita
2. Gorgonzola Portobello Steak Skillet
This Gorgonzola Portobello Steak recipe is extremely easy to make, with a flavorful, creamy gorgonzola mushroom sauce, which is perfect for topping a steak cooked in one skillet.
It’s a classic combination and makes a gourmet style dinner. This dish goes perfectly with crusty bread or mashed potatoes for a complete and satisfying meal.
Get the Recipe: Gorgonzola Steak Skillet
3. Flank Steak Fajitas
How about a skillet full of tender, seared to perfection strips of marinated steak? Of course they are incomplete without vibrant, colorful peppers, some lime, plenty of cilantro and a little avocado.
You would be pleasantly surprised that this beautiful platter can happen in less than half an hour. Yes fajitas are, believe it or not, a “quick throw together” meal.
Get the Recipe: Steak Fajitas
4. Beijing Beef
Beijing Beef will become your new favorite stir fry. Crispy strips of flank steak with onion and red bell pepper in a tangy and sweet sticky sauce with just a touch of heat. YUM!
Get the Recipe: Beijing Beef
5. Bistec Encebollado
Bistec Encebollado, steak and onions, is one of the most popular meals in Puerto Rico.
Flank steak is beatifully marinated, then pan cooked with onions. Simple in soul, it’s is packed with flavors.
Get the Recipe: Bistec Encebollado
6. Korean Beef Tacos
Korean Beef Tacos, aka Bulgogi Tacos… You would want them tonight. Just listen to me…Thinly sliced, juicy tender steak marinated in a sweet and savory marinade then flash cooked to give you a Flavor Bomb!
That’s Bulgogi for you. You’ll love this Mexican-Korean fusion dish. These delicious tacos are so addicting!
Get the Recipe: Korean Beef Tacos
7. Beef and Broccoli
Nothing is as easy as some simple, yet flavor jammed Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry. This takeout favorite whips up in about 30 minutes and tastes so divine.
This recipe definitely satisfies the cravings for takeout. You will love this flavorful, tender, saucy easy Beef and Broccoli.
Get the Recipe: Beef and Broccoli
8. Steak Gyros
Once you have pitas at home, they are the source for never ending different types of gyros. Here, the steak is cooked to perfection and piled high with a fresh cucumber and feta and lots of homemade tzatziki sauce. I bet you just can’t stop at just one.
This makes a perfectly tasty dinner, and is absolutely easier than you think.
Get the Recipe: Steak Gyros
9. Mongolian Beef
If you are looking for some easy Chinese flavors and beef is what you are craving, this is the number one dish that comes to my mind! A few tricks will create that magically luscious, tender meat. Then it’s coated with a simple, flavorful and slightly sticky sauce.
Serve over steamed rice with a side of sautéed vegetables for a complete meal everyone will love.
10. Steak Gorgonzola Flatbread
This Steak Gorgonzola Flatbread not only looks gorgeous (making it a perfect contender for all entertaining and special occasions), this happens super fast. About 20 minute fast…
Get the Recipe: Steak Flatbread
11. Carne Mechada (Venezuelan Shredded Beef)
This Carne Mechada recipe is a super flavorful Venezuelan shredded beef that can be served a variety of ways. It takes time, but it’s worth it!
This may become one of your favorite flank steak recipes.
Get the Recipe: Carne Mechada
12. Surf and Turf Nachos
Put a fun spin on a classic restaurant favorite. These Surf and Turf Nachos are topped with juicy tender steak and flavorful shrimp and they whip up quick and easy.
These super delicious nachos make a perfect appetizer for game night or family get-togethers, which everyone will enjoy.
Get the Recipe: Surf and Turf Nachos
13. Flank Steak Tacos
Sometimes, don’t you just wish every night was taco night? I sure do!
These flank steak tacos only take a few minutes of your time (not counting marination time), and go great with any of your favorite toppings.
Get the Recipe: Steak Tacos
14. Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry)
Stir fry with French fries? You bet!! That’s how this Peruvian beef stir fry is served. Lomo Saltado is a beautiful fusion of Peruvian and Asian cuisine, and the ingredients work so well together to make this national favorite
Get the Recipe: Lomo Saltado
15. Steak Bites with Potatoes
Steak and Potatoes, such a classic combo. Well no need to fire up the grill and oven both, we’ve combined the pair into one quick and easy skillet meal, Steak Bites with Potatoes!
Tender, succulent steak bites along with perfectly caramelized potato chunks are a total match made in heaven.
Get the Recipe: Steak Bites with Potatoes
16. Ropa Vieja
Ropa Vieja is a TRUE Cuban Classic!!
Tender and juicy steak in authentic tomato-wine sauce along with veggies is cooked slow and low for hours till it’s shredded easily by the mere touch of a fork.
Get the Recipe: Ropa Vieja
17. Italian Stuffed Flank Steak
Looking for a fancy meal to serve up for a dinner party? This Italian Stuffed Flank Steak may look complex, but you’ll be amazed how easy it is. Shh, don’t tell the guests.
18. Lemon Garlic Butter Flank Steak with Mushrooms
This Lemon Garlic Butter Flank Steak with Mushrooms recipe will easily become one of your favorites. The recipe is perfectly balanced with flavors, seasoning and marinades. One of our favorite flank steak recipes!
19. Grilled Flank Steak with Cilantro Lime Butter
You will love this Grilled Flank Steak with Cilantro Lime Butter recipe because it is so easy! And the best part is you don’t need a complicated marinade to add amazing flavor.
This is one of our favorites!
20. Grilled Flank Steak with Avocado Chimichurri Sauce
When grilling season is in full swing, you have to try this Grilled Flank Steak with Avocado Chimichurri Sauce.
Grill this up at your next potluck and be ready for some rave reviews.
21. Thai Peanut Beef
This Thai Peanut Beef recipe really comes together in 20 minutes. With a sauce that only needs five ingredients, but has a ton of flavors, this is one of the best stir fry dishes you will ever cook.
22. Beef Stroganoff
Turn any flank steak into your favorite Beef Stroganoff. All you need is some mushrooms, sour cream and regular pantry staples.
It’s a quick dinner ready on the table in just 30 minutes. This satisfying and cozy dinner is the ultimate comfort food.
23. Indian Style Beef Satay with Curried Cashew Sauce
This Indian Style Beef Satay with Curried Cashew Sauce is the most flavorful flank steak recipe you will ever come across.
The recipe is chock full of amazing spices and the flavors are just so bold. The sauce is nutty, spicy and absolutely delicious. Just try this dish and you will fall in love.
24. Grilled Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Butter
Steak and blue cheese are always a winning combo. This flank steak is beautifully marinated and then grilled to perfection, before being topped with blue cheese butter. YUM!
25. Stuffed Flank Steak with Spinach, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese
If you want to try your steak with some Mediterranean flavors, this is the recipe for you! Flank steak is butterflied and stuffed with spinach, sundried tomatoes and feta. So good!
26. Sesame Beef Stir Fry
This Sesame Beef Stir Fry recipe has flank steak marinated with garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil. Serve this with noodles or rice and your Asian night is complete.
27. Brown Sugar Garlic Flank Steak
This Brown Sugar Garlic Flank Steak is a restaurant quality meal that’s very easy to make.
The flank steak is marinated in a sweet and savory blend of olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, and other flavor enhancers. So simple, but so tasty.
28. Grilled Flank Steak and Vegetables
This recipe for Grilled Flank Steak and Vegetables will become your one of your favorite dishes for a quick weekend meal.
Grill the tender seasoned steak, tomatoes, corn and zucchini to perfection, then your easy and amazing summer platter is ready.
29. Chimichurri Steak Quesadillas
Chimichurri Steak Quesadillas are cheesy and meaty, and perfect for a weekend dinner. Flank steak, Monterey Jack cheese and sautéed onions are sandwiched between tortillas, which get crispy grilled. Perfect recipes for parties, get-togethers or any occasion.
30. Carne Asada
This is the most flavorful Carne Asada recipe. This tender, grilled meat is full of Mexican flavors.
Add some Latin flair to your beef with this awesome Carne Asada recipe. Flank steak is marinated in a citrussy, cilantro infused marinade and grilled to perfection. It’s one of our favorite flank steak recipes.
31. Thai Basil Beef Noodle Stir Fry
If you love Thai flavors as much as us, you need to try this quick and easy beef noodle stir fry. Ready in no time, it’s a perfect weeknight meal.
32. Grilled Steak Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Juicy steak, charred corn, tomatoes, blue cheese, balsamic vinaigrette… Now that’s what we call the perfect salad for dinner!
The recipe is so simple and very, very tasty.
33. Beef Shawarma
This Beef Shawarma recipe is a must try for grilling season! The shawarma meat is marinated in aromatic spices, grilled, and tucked into a warm pita with crisp vegetables.
Serve it with Greek salad and tzatzki sauce.
34. Korean Steak Kebabs
Everyone’s favorite Korean BBQ is super easy to make in your own home.
These beef kebabs are perfectly marinated, and they can go with any veggies of your choice.
35. Matambre – Argentinian Stuffed Flank Steak
We’re wrapping up our list of flank steak recipes with a bang. Matambre is an Argentinian recipe sure to wow guests.
Flank steak is stuffed with hard boiled eggs, bell peppers and chimichurri before grilling. It’s a super impressive dish that will be the highlight of your grilling season.
Frequently Asked Questions
Flank steak shines when it’s grilled, broiled, or pan-seared on high heat. These methods create a crispy, flavorful crust while keeping the inside juicy.
For maximum flavor and tenderness, it’s recommended to marinate flank steak for at least 2 hours, although letting it soak overnight will yield even better results.
Flank steak pairs well with a variety of sides such as grilled vegetables, rice, or a fresh salad. Its versatility makes it a perfect match for many dishes.
Always slice against the grain. This will result in a more tender and easier-to-chew piece of meat.
So many amazing flank steak recipes for you to cook. Who knew it could be so versatile?
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- 1.5 flank steak
- 12 oz portobello mushrooms, sliced
- 4 oz gorgonzola cheese
- 4 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 6 Tbsp butter
- 1.5 c heavy cream (or half and half)
- 2 Tbsp parsley, divided
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a large skillet (we recommend cast iron) over medium high heat. Once hot, add in oil.
- Generously season steak with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Add to hot pan and sear 3-4 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and cover with aluminum foil.
- Reduce heat to mediums. Add butter to the pan and, once melted, add in mushrooms. Cook until they are tender and remove to a plate.
- Add in garlic and stir for a minute.
- Slowly stir in the cream, deglazing the pan. Add in gorgonzola. Simmer on low until the cheese melts into the sauce.
- Thinly slice the steak against the grain, then stir into the sauce along with the mushrooms and half of the parsley. Heat for a minute or two.
- When serving, garnish with remaining parsley.
- Let me know which recipes you try, I love hearing from you!
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