Asian Flat-Iron Steak

Simply put if you are wanting a break from your usual steak dinner, this Asian inspired marinade is fabulous!

The marinade would work for any protein, including tofu, and would jazz up any weekday meal! We really enjoyed this one with some rice and veggies, instead of our usual baked potato and mushroom sauce for a change.

The only thing I would do differently is to marinate the steak for a shorter amount of time. While I know how to make sure the steak is cooked to medium-rare, our preference for steak, it lost that beautiful ruby color in the center because I marinated the steaks overnight – knowing that I wouldn’t have time in the morning or after lunch to do it. It did intensify the flavor though, which we loved!

Seriously, if you are looking for a new taste for your steak, this would be a great marinade for grilling or pan-frying, just as we did! The green onion slices not only brightened the dish but they added a great bit of heat that the marinade needed once it had been cooked. I bet you could even thicken the marinade into a sauce after you were done cooking the steaks, if you prefer!


  • 1/2 C soy sauce
  • 1/2 C red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 2 TBS sesame oil
  • 2 TBS (heaping) minced ginger
  • 2 TBS minced garlic
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 2 steaks of your choice, we like sirloin steaks
  • Garnish: Sesame seeds and thinly sliced green onion rings

Whisk all the ingredients except for the garnish, in a bowl.

Pour the marinade over the steaks in a Ziploc bag, in a bowl or other container to marinate for at least 3-6 hours or as long as overnight, in the refrigerator.

When you are ready to cook the steaks, heat a saute pan to high, melting 2 TBS of butter in 2 TBS of olive oil and swirling to coat the pan. Remove the steak from the marinade, discarding any bits of garlic and ginger that are clinging to it (optional), then gently place them in the pan and sear for about 4-5 minutes on one side then flip and cook for another 2-4 minutes until your steak is cooked to your liking (longer if you like a well-done steak, but no longer than 12 minutes).

Allow the steaks to rest in the oven for about 5 minutes before serving. Then sprinkle with your desired garnish and serve while hot.

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