Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

A month ago, my doctors instructed me to start taking an iron supplement and to eat more red meat because of low red blood cell count (anemia). Being a big chicken, fish and veggie eater, I figured upping my red meat intake was going to be quite hard. But thank goodness it’s summer and grilling season, which has made the shift to incorporating more meat into my weekly diet pretty easy. Besides choosing hanger steak over my usual choice of fish at restaurants, at home we’ve been favoring lean steak cuts like flank or skirt, which are affordable and cook very quickly on the grill. To kick up our steak routine a notch, I’ve been making good use of the abundant herbs in my garden, whipping together this colorful chimichurri sauce. Originally from Argentina and made of finely-chopped parsley, garlic and tangy vinegar, I threw some cilantro in my chimichurri mix too this weekend. Steak with chimichurri–it really is the perfect summer pair.

Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

1 flank, skirt, or hanger steak
Extra-virgin olive oil
Apple cider vinegar
Coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
Garlic powder

For the sauce:

1 cup lightly packed flat-leaf parsley and cilantro leaves
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1 tablespoon shallot
3/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Place the steak in a large Ziploc bag and add the marinade ingredients (no measurements, just a bit of each). Seal the bag and shake to cover the meat. Refrigerate and marinate four hours to overnight. Before cooking, remove the steak from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for 30 minutes. For the chimichurri, place all ingredients in a small food processor or blender and pulse until well chopped, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Drain excess liquid and reserve. Set the steak on a hot grill and cook for about 5 minutes on the first side. Flip the steak and cook another 5 minutes or so, or until desired doneness. Once cooked, lay the steak on a cutting board and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing (across the grain into strips). Top the steak with the chimichurri sauce or serve it on the side.

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  • Lena Barclay

    Why do herbs just make EVERYTHING better? I started an herb garden last year, and my cooking has never tasted more fresh and fragrant. Will definitely be trying this chimichurri recipe soon!

  • PerpetuallyChic

    So true! Fresh herbs really do make everything better 🙂

  • Sara Mueller

    I’ve been wanting to make chimichurri at home, but for some reason I never have. I’ll definitely try this soon!