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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Grilled Ginger Soy Lime Flank Steak with Arugula

Moist & flavorful.
Topped with peppery arugula.
This is a quick, easy, and flavorful dish that is great to make for company because it looks impressive.  All you have to do is marinate the flank steak and then grill it about 5 minutes per side - then it is time to eat!  I have marinated this steak for 1 hour only, and that works fine, but my favorite is to marinate 24 hours. The steak gets very juicy, gingery, and with a lovely acidic kick from the lime. Incidentally, you can use this same marinade on chicken and it tastes great as well.  This recipe serves 3-4 people.  Enjoy!

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce (I use low sodium)
1/2 cup lime juice
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
4 smashed and peeled garlic cloves
4 slices fresh ginger root
5 sliced green onions (white and green parts)
1 1/2 pounds flank steak
about 3 ounces arugula
salt and pepper, to taste

To the cooking:

1. Make the marinade: whisk olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, and light brown sugar until emulsified. Add in the garlic cloves, ginger, and sliced green onions. Pour over steak. 


Poured over steak.
2. Marinate for 1 hour or up to 2 hours, flipping the steak halfway through your time.

3. Bring the steak to room temperature before grilling; that means about 30 minutes to one hour outside of the fridge. 

4. Take the steak our of the marinade but do not discard the marinade - it will become our salad dressing for the arugula. Pat the steak dry and put on grill over medium heat. 
Beginning to grill.
5. In order to get nice grill marks, you just want to flip the steak once. After about five minutes, flip the steak. Depending not eh thickness of your steak, 5 minutes per side should get you somewhere close to medium rare. (To make sure, 130F at the thickest part of your steak is medium rare). 

Look at those grill marks.
6. Once cooked to your liking, put steak off heat and let rest for at least 10 minutes, and up to 15 or so minutes. Then season it with some salt and pepper.

7. While steak is resting, pour marinade into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and set aside.

Boiling marinade.
8. Slice steak against the grain. 

9. Move steak to a serving platter and spoon a little of the marinade onto the steak. You do not want to spoon the ginger slices or garlic cloves; just the liquid and some green onions.

10. Top the steak with arugula and some more marinade as the dressing. Toss to coat. Enjoy the pepper taste of the arugula with each bite of the succulent steak.

Steak peeking out.
Ready to serve.


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