Grilled Cuban Flank Steak
Flank steak is delicious when it’s marinated in Cuban flavors and grilled, and this tasty flank steak is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, South Beach Diet friendly, and can easily be Paleo or Whole 30 with the right ingredients. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
In one of my previous lives, before I became a food blogger and a carb-conscious eater, I used to be president of my local teacher’s association, aka the teacher’s union. This was a demanding high-pressure job that I sometimes loved, sometimes hated, but one thing I did enjoy about the job was the chance to travel. I went all over the U.S., and it was in Miami Beach that I had my first experience with Cuban food.
I loved the way beef and pork were marinated in lime juice in the Cuban cuisine, so a few years ago I tried to re-create that flavor in this flank steak. Grilled Cuban Flank Steak is one of my most-used ways to cook beef on the grill. If you’re grilling for a beef-loving Dad this weekend, I can promise this will be a hit!
You can’t read the price, but this lean flank steak I got at my local market was a bargain. If you’re making this for the South Beach Diet, remember the guideline to choose meat with less than 10% fat.
Let meat come to room temperature while you oil the grill and then preheat to medium high, then grill to desired temperature, 140-145 for medium rare or 155-160 for medium. (Flank steak is best when it’s not cooked above medium. I use my Polder Digital Meat Timer to check the temperature.)
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Grilled Flank Steak with Ponzu and Honey Glaze ~ The Perfect Pantry
Marinated Flank Steak ~ Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Grilled Cuban Flank Steak
Flank steak is delicious when it’s marinated in Cuban flavors and grilled!
- 1 large piece of flank steak (this recipes makes enough marinade for 1-3 pounds of meat)
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 T soy sauce (or coconut aminos for Paleo version)
- 1/2 tsp. ground chipotle chile powder (or use your favorite hot sauce)
- 2 tsp. lime zest (optional)
- Combine marinade ingredients. Put flank steak into a ziploc bag and pour marinade in, seal bag, and marinate all day in refrigerator. (You can marinate up to 24 hours if desired.)
- Take meat out of refrigerator and let it come to room temperature before grilling.
- Oil the grill with a paper towel dipped in olive or grapeseed oil, then preheat gas or charcoal barbecue grill to medium-high (you can only keep your hand there for a few seconds.)
- Grill meat to desired doneness, approximately 4-5 minutes per side for rare to medium rare or 6 minutes for medium. I wouldn’t cook flank steak more than medium or it will be tough. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of your flank steak, the best way to judge the doneness is to use an instant-read meat thermometer, cooking to 140-145 for medium rare or 155-160 for medium. (The meat in the photo was cooked about 5 minutes per side.
- Remove meat from grill and let rest about 5 minutes. (You can cover with foil to keep it warm if needed.)
- Slice across the grain and serve hot, with slices of fresh lime to squeeze on the meat.
Recipe created by Kalyn.All images and text ©
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Grilled Cuban Flank Steak is a perfect main dish for any type of low-glycemic or low-carb eating plan or any phase of the South Beach Diet.
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