I have seen lots of great recipes around the interwebs for marinated flank (skirt) steak. It seems like at least in the US it is a quite popular cut of meat. But it is difficult to get here in Australia. My Mum finally found some for me – her butcher gets it in every now and again. I have also been wanting to try marinating steak with coffee. I first read about doing this in one of the Cleo Coyle Coffeehouse Mysteries, just not sure which one – they are great stories though with lots of fun recipes. I love coffee and it is supposed to add a smoky flavour to steak as well as making the steak more tender. This recipe for coffee marinated flank steak from Jennifer at Meal Diva looked like a tasty and easy option.
Plus it is nearly Australia Day (26th January) aka barbecue day. What better way to celebrate than having a new steak recipe to share. And if coffee doesn’t float your boat then this article has some other interesting ingredients to get your steak lovely and tender.
You do need to marinate the steak overnight but other than that it is a very quick recipe. While I didn’t get much of a smoky flavour from the coffee (I am going to add stronger coffee next time I make this), the steak was lovely and tender. For the piece of flank steak I had was perfect for two serves. I had one the night I grilled the steak with potatoes and steamed vegetables and then the next night cold and in salad. It is very versatile. It is a lovely thin piece of steak so could work in a steak sandwich for Australia Day but that would seem like a waste. I would just have it with salad. Added bonus – only about 170 calories per serve.
To make two serves I used the following ingredients:
- 1 and 1/2 tbs of strongly brewed coffee (I used a tbs to make a cup of coffee and then measured out the right amount)
- 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- 1 tsp of brown sugar
- 1 tsp of minced garlic (equal to one clove)
- 1/2 tsp of black pepper
- 1/4 tsp of salt flakes
- 250g of flank (skirt) steak
The recipe is available on Meal Diva but basically mix everything together, marinate overnight and then grill to your liking. I like mine on the rare to medium-rare side. I cooked mine for slightly less than the 5 minutes each side that the recipe suggests.
Preparation time is about 5 minutes, then marinate overnight then cook time is 10-15 minutes depending on how quickly your bbq or grill heats and how well cooked you like your steak.
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