This overnight flank steak marinade is a tangy spicy savory mix for flavor that comes alive on your grill. San Juan Flank Steak, a Grilled Flank Steak Recipe is just what Summer ordered.
The aroma from this flank steak when it hit that grill was intoxicating.
This overnight flank steak marinade recipe includes some of your favorite ingredients to bring you a big bam of flavor for your favorite grilled steak.
Over the years flank steak has been pretty much our go-to when Summer grilling season is in full swing. When prepared properly flank steak is cut of meat that laps up about any marinade concoction you throw its way.
Not to mention it only takes about 5 – 6 minutes per side to cook on the grill. Does grilling life get any better than that? Plus it’s a lean cut of meat, so my waist line says, “thank you very much.”
And preparing an overnight flank steak marinade, not only imparts incredible flavor into the beef, but saves time when you’re ready to start cooking dinner.
A recipe from one of our Colorado Junior League Cookbooks, the title of the recipe is San Juan Steak.
Let’s Take a look.
How To Marinate Flank Steak
Marinating flank steak is as easy as falling off a log. But there are a couple of techniques to keep in mind.
Flank steak is flavorful, lean and a somewhat tough cut of meat that benefits from an overnight soak that includes an acid such as vinegar, lime or lemon juice. This helps break down the connective tissue to produce a tender cut of meat, once cooked.
Along with your choice of acidic liquid Just throw in some of your favorite seasonings.
I’ve seen recipes that instruct one to score the meat with a sharp knife to encourage the flavor to penetrate the steak. Which seems to make sense,
However, I’m sticking by the golden rule of never piercing your meat. You want the end result to be as juicy and flavorful as possible. Any kind of piercing, jabbing as you cook, or cutting will release valuable juices.
Please use tongs when turning your meat.
All you need for this overnight flank steak marinade are simple ingredients and a zip lock gallon bag.
Does Flank Steak Have to Be Marinated?
To marinate or not to marinate? That is the question. Although marinating is fine for a flank steak, it most certainly isn’t a requirement.
I have grilled many flank steaks that have produced very tender results without a marinade. The secret is to make sure you don’t overcook the steak, and then slice it thinly in the opposite direction to how the grain of the meat is running.
And in leu of the marinade, just rub the flank steak with your favorite seasonings before grilling.
Inspiration for the name San Juan Grilled Flank Steak Recipe
The San Juan Mountains are a high and rugged mountain range in the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico. In my opinion some of the most outstanding scenery in our state. The area around Ouray, Telluride, Durango Creed and Lake City has provided us with several stunning vacation memories. Photo below.
Overnight Flank Steak Marinade Recipe (San Juan Flank Steak)
The marinade in this recipe provides plenty of flavor for the flank steak. However, who can resist a sauce to liven things up a bit. I’d suggest serving this with a gorgeous Horseradish Cream Sauce, or send it south of the border with this Roasted Hatch Chile Sauce.
Side Dish Recommendation Zucchini and Potato Skillet with Thyme. This is a great side for any grilled steak recipe.
I hope you give this Overnight Flank Steak recipe a try, and if you do, please come back and give the recipe a star rating, and leave a comment about your experience with the recipe. Your input is valuable to me.
And if have a favorite grilled flank steak marinade for grilling or grilled flank steak recipe let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
More Grilled Flank Steak Recipes
- Tangy Grilled Flank Steak with Horseradish Cream
- Grilled Flank Steak with Charred Caramelized Sweet Corn
- Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
- Grilled Flank Steak (or skirt steak) Fajitas
Don’t miss my Beef Category for more steak and beef recipes. That’s where you’ll find the most popular post, Best Burger Recipes for Father’s Day Lineup.
San Juan Overnight Flank Steak Marinade
- 1 1/2 pounds flank steak
- 1/2 Cup olive oil
- 1/4 Cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
- 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
- 2 teaspoons New Mexico red chile powder or Ancho Chile Powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- In a small bowl mix together the marinade ingredients.
- Place the steak into a gallon sized zip lock bag. Add the marinade ingredients and seal, pushing out as much air as you can.
- With your hands, squish the bag around several times to make sure the beef is fully coated with the marinade.
- Place in refrigerator and marinate over night.
- Preheat grill to 600 hundred degrees. Lower heat to medium, or 350 degrees.
- Remove flank steak from marinade. Grill 5 – 6 minutes per side. Let rest 5 minutes tented wtih foil. Then slice the meat across the grain. Top with sliced green onions for presentation. Serve immediately.
Overnight Flank Steak Marinade – “San Juan” Flank Steak … It’s Whats for Dinner
Chef Mimi says
This is fabulous! I love your marinade. Unfortunately, ever since I got a sous vide, I can’t go back! Even though I always loved grilled flank steak. But I can use your marinade!
Lea Ann Brown says
Hi Mimi. I am so tempted to get a sous vide.
John / Kitchen Riffs says
Flank steak is good stuff. Lotta flavor in a fairly inexpensive cut. Winner! Yours looks perfect — neat marinade. Thanks!
Lea Ann Brown says
Thnks John, always good to hear from you.
Looks really good Chef.
Lea Ann Brown says
Thanks Larry! 🙂