This is a fun recipe that we have cooked a few times. I use a slightly modified version of the original recipe that can be found at allrecipes.com. It is easy to make, takes very little hands-on preparation time, and makes wonderful steak tacos. Normally I would use a red onion like the recipe suggests, but this time I used a yellow onion since that was what I had in the pantry. I didn't notice that there was much of a difference in the cooked steak flavor with the yellow onion...but I didn't like the green sauce as much this time as when I have made it before. For the lime juice you can either use fresh lime juice or bottled lime juice, with this recipe there is not much of a flavor difference. You can also use a different cut of meat, like flank or skirt steak if you want. I prefer flat iron steak just because you can get good deals on it & it picks up flavors well.
I served this tonight with flour tortillas, queso fresco, fresh lettuce from our garden, various hot sauces & the extra green sauce from the recipe. I hope you enjoy!
|Not that pretty...but it was delicious.|
Spicy Lime-Cilantro Marinated Flat Iron Steak
Serves 2-4, Prep time= 5 min, Marinating time= 12-24 hours, Cook time= 10-20 minutes
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1/2 of red onion
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1-2 medium jalapeño peppers
- 1 T dried thyme
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro (approximately 1 cup cilantro leaves)
- 1/4 c vegetable oil
- 2 T honey
- 2-3 pounds beef flat iron steak
- kosher salt to taste
1. Cut stems off of cilantro. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until ingredients are liquefied.
|The sauce is really green...|
2. Put steak into a large gallon resealable bag. Add 3/4 of the sauce to the bag & massage into the steak. Place bag on a plate & place in the refrigerator. Marinate for 12-24 hours. Move the remaining sauce into a sealed container & save for a condiment for the tacos.
|Let it chill overnight. Notice the extra sauce|
in the background. Save it as a taco
topping for the meal.
3. Remove steak from fridge & let it warm up on the counter for 15-20 minutes. Remove steak from the marinade & shake off extra marinade. Discard marinade & bag. Preheat grill to Medium-High.
|Steak post marinade.|
4. Cook steak on grill to desired doneness. We cooked this about 5-7 minutes per side, which yielded a good Medium-Rare/Medium on our grill. Your cooking time will be dependent on your grill (this can also be cooked on a grill pan). Let the steak rest 5-10 minutes prior to cutting. Cut the steak across the grain into thin strips.
5. Serve steak with tortillas & your choice of toppings.
|Our toppings for tonight: hot sauces, fresh garden lettuce,|
green sauce & queso fresco.