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Flank Steak with Spicy Cilantro Sauce

Flank steak cooks quickly, and the Korean-style sauce gives the meat a nice spicy flair. Cook the steak to no more than medium doneness to keep it tender.

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  • For the sauce:
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon seeded and finely chopped serrano or jalapeno chili
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium, if possible)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic (or pressed through a garlic press)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • For the steak:
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak, cut into 6-inch pieces

Serves 4 to 6

  1. Make the cilantro sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Use a wire whisk to mix well.
  2. To cook the steak, heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over high heat.
  3. Season the steak well on both sides with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the steak to the hot pan and reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook for 3-4 minutes on one side without turning, then turn and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes. (Flank steak should be quite thin, so cook 3 minutes per side for medium rare and 4 minutes per side for medium. The meat will become tough if it is cooked longer.)
  5. Remove the steak from the skillet and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Thinly slice the steak across the grain and serve the slices with some sauce drizzled on top. Serve remaining sauce on the side.

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