Grilled Tender Flank Steak

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 29, 2023
How to cook flank steak? Easy! Marinate it and grill or broil it! This marinated steak is so moist that it will become one of your favorite ways to serve beef. —Heather Ahrens, Columbus, Ohio
Grilled Tender Flank Steak Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 beef flank steak (1-1/2 pounds)


  1. In a large shallow bowl, combine the soy sauce, lemon juice, honey and garlic; add steak. Turn to coat; cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat or grill over medium heat until meat reaches desired doneness, 8-10 minutes on each side (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Thinly slice steak across the grain.

Grilled Tender Flank Steak Tips

Is a flank steak tough?

Because flank steak is quite lean, it can be a bit tough if not prepared and sliced properly. Marinating with a little acid, like lemon juice or vinegar, will help tenderize this cut of beef. Cooking until medium-rare and slicing against the grain are key to a tender result.

Does flank steak get more tender the longer you cook it?

Unlike tough cuts like chuck and round roasts, flank steak does not need a low, slow cook to be tender.

Do you have to marinate flank steak?

While marinating isn’t needed for flank steak, it does impart flavor. Plus, an acidic marinade will break down the tougher fibers in the meat, so it will be tender after grilling. Master grilling with these tips! Try our other recipes featuring flank steak, including citrusy flank steak, mushroom-stuffed flank steak and slow cooker fajitas.

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces cooked beef: 186 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 471mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat.