If anyone knows my husband know he loves meat. I ask for dinner ideas and, “steaks sound good,” is a frequent comment.
The last time we had steak, we didn’t do a marinade. We kept it simple — salt and pepper — and while it was good, I knew we could do better. We had purchased way too big of a cut (we had expected my parents that night and they didn’t end up eating with us), so, we ended up freezing the second half of the flank steak.
So, the other night when my husband said, “We could do flank steak?” I obliged. I started scouring Pinterest in hopes of finding a recipe that sounded somewhat fresh, healthy, and delicious. I came across one that was almost perfect. I modified it just a little, and the result was a huge success!
The meat was absolutely delicious! We served it over steak salads with arugula, roasted veggies, blue cheese, and blue cheese dressing, but I actually wish we had eaten it on it’s own — it’s that good!
Then, when my Mom suggested steak for my birthday dinner, I quickly said yes, and told her I had a fabulous marinade for it!
Sesame Seed Oil: A Healthier Option For Marinades?
One of the modifications I made was I subbed sesame oil for vegetable oil. Do you know how many benefits there are from sesame oil?!
Studies have shown that sesame oil can improve:
- Heart Health: good fatty acids that can help lower cholesterol
- Skin: secondary to the zinc found in sesame seeds
- Glucose Levels
- Bone Quality: especially important as we age
It can even reduce anxiety (tyrosine found in sesame oil has been directly correlated with serotonin activity in the brain).
- 1.5 – 2lb flank steak
- ¼ cup bragg’s amino acids
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup sesame oil
- 3 tbsp honey
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced
- In a plastic bag or large bowl mix together all of the marinade ingredients (minus the steak) and whisk until well combined.
- Add the steak to the marinade. (If using a bowl, flip the steak over a couple of times to make sure it's well-coated, then cover. If using a bag, seal and flip bag on both sides to coat the meat.)
- Refrigerate and let marinate overnight, at least 10 hours.
- When ready to cook, remove steak from marinade discarding leftover liquid and cook using your favorite cooking method (stovetop grill pan or gas or charcoal grill). Once the steak has reached your desired level of doneness, let it rest for 5 minutes, slice against the grain, and serve!
Recipe Adapted From: Just a Taste, The Ultimate Asian Flank Steak Marinade