Spicy Lime-Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Spicy Lime-Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak Recipe
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Spicy Lime-Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak

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"This can be used in fajitas, as an appetizer, or a main dish. Also good in sandwiches. Just make sure you reserve some of the marinade for a sauce."

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Original recipe makes 9 (4 ounce) servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    8 mins

    8 hrs 18 mins


  1. Puree the garlic, onion, lime juice, jalapeno, thyme, cilantro, corn oil, and honey into the bowl of a blender or food processor until the ingredients are well incorporated. Marinate the flank steak with 1/2 cup of the puree in a resealable bag overnight in the refrigerator. Reserve the rest of the puree to use later as a sauce.
  2. Preheat a grill for medium-high heat.
  3. While grill is warming, remove the meat from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Discard any marinade left in the bag. Liberally season the steak with the kosher salt, and cook to desired doneness, approximately 4 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  4. To serve, slice the steak against the grain into 1/8 to 1/4 inch slices, and drizzle the remaining marinade over the meat.
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  • Note
  • Serrano chiles can be used instead of jalapenos. If you would like to increase the heat, add another pepper and an additional tablespoon of honey before pureeing.

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 16, 2006

Had a big party made this marinade with chicken breasts added some chillies and extra jalapenos also did half and half Cilantro and Garam Masala .....Everybody loved it!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 04, 2011

i did not think the flavor was there. very bland. i would not make this recipe again.

May 01, 2007

My family LOVED this marinade! Where I changed things: 1) I forgot to buy fresh thyme so I used 1Tbs of dried and 2) my limes were kinda small so I used three. Some of the reserved sauce is in the fridge and I'm thinking it would be good on veggie wraps this weekend.

Dec 23, 2008

I used this marinade and the meat was wonderful. But I used this marinade for shrimp to make my favorite shrimp taco (all ingredients except thyme) and it worked too. The dish was absolutely great. I think you can use for chicken too, not only for flank steak.

Mar 02, 2009

Awesome marinade...best fajitas I've ever made...I think even better than in restaurants. I didn't add all of the oil, used some broth in place (watching the diet) and it was still awesome. Used for fajitas and topped with a little sour cream-Delicious!

May 16, 2006

Very, very vibrant and fresh flavors. I served this with a saffron rice pilaf and everyone was spooning more of the marinade to mix and eat with their rice.

Apr 07, 2008

I used lime zest and the juice of two limes for this one. What a hit !

Sep 08, 2008

Both my boys and my husband loved this steak. I would have liked it to have a bit more of a lime taste, so maybe I'll marinate it overnight next time. If that doesn't work, I'll add more lime!


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  • Calories
  • 318 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 34 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 24.6 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 18.6 g
  • 37%
  • Sodium
  • 83 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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