Thursday, April 11, 2013

Asain Inspired Steak

I love this recipe, mostly because I love steak, but also because it comes out perfectly cooked every time! I first found this recipe on Martha Stuart's website, but because I am who I am, I had to change it a little because sometimes I feel like her recipes call for odd ingredients and somewhat unnecessary steps. Basically I just simplified it!

I love this recipe for days I know we will be busy. I make the marinade really quick in the morning and then all I have to do is throw it in the oven that night for dinner. Easy!

So here is my version of Asian inspired steak!

1lb Flank Steak (you could probably fit 2lbs of steak in this marinade if you wanted to make more)
2 limes (or 1/4 cup of lime juice)
1/4 cup Rice Vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 TBL olive oil
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 gloves of garlic

Rice vinegar might seem like a weird ingredient, I was about to ditch a recipe when it called for it, but I have actually ended up using it a lot! I love the taste of it! So go out and pick some up, if it isn't by the vinegar in your grocery store, check in the Asian food section.

As suggested I'm going to TRY and keep track of how long these recipes take me to prep and cook, which is tricky since every step I pause to take a picture. But I will try my best!

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes (plus time to marinade)
Cook Time: 8 minutes

Alright let's get started! First make your marinade. Sometimes I make mine the night before and let it set over night, but most of the time I have forgotten to defrost my meat so I just make the marinade in the morning or afternoon and it is just as fine. So either over night or for about 6 hours.

If you are using fresh lime make sure you use some sort of juicer so you get ALL the juice out, if you don't have a juicer, then just cut them into small wedges so it will be easier to squeeze all the juice out.

Juice both limes into a bowl, with the vinegar, soy sauce, oil, and crushed red pepper. Next crush the two cloves of garlic, you can either use a garlic press or the side of your knife like so:

 Just please don't cut yourself. Add the crushed garlic to the marinade and mix it all together.

Once it is all mix (as best as you can, the oil will always try and separate) pour it in a Ziploc bag. Next, I cut my flank steak in half before I put it in the marinade, you don't have to. But before you place it in the marinade use your knife to pierce the steak several times on the top and flip it over and do the same on the bottom. This will really help the marinade soak in! Once you are done put the steak into the bag with the marinade and then refrigerate.

Let it marinade either over night or for about 6 hours.

Once you are ready to cook turn your oven to broil on high. Remove the steaks from the marinade and place them on a baking sheet with the crushed garlic on top.

Broil them for 8 minutes, and do not flip them. This will get them to Medium, they will be a little pink in the middle, but I promise it won't be mooing. I LOVE rare steak and Jared likes his steak medium well, and the way this is cooked is just perfect for both of us!

I love to top mine off with a big handful of cilantro, but I didn't have any on hand this time.

Tips: Learn your oven! Back home my mom had an electric oven, so to broil something you moved the rack up about 6in away from the coil. But then I moved out here where I have a gas oven and the broiler is separate underneath my oven, so all I do is pull open the door and set my baking pan in.

Good luck, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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