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Grilled Flank Steak with Garlic Shallot Rosemary Marinade


This garlic, shallot and rosemary marinade is a very quick and easy rub for flank steak comes from Cook's Illustrated and was featured on America's Test Kitchen. What we liked about this recipe is that it's very fast to make, but a mini-chopper or blender is what you will need. I marinated this for one hour, and used our gas grill, only because it was late in the day and we didn't want to wait for the coals to be ready. We have a Weber, and I will make this again. This is very flavorful. Just remember, to cut the flank steak against the grain and very thin!

I'll show you how to make this on my food blog at:

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  • For Marinade:
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 medium cloves garlic , minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 medium shallot , minced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • For Steak:
  • 1 flank steak (about 2 pounds), patted dry with paper towels
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Servings 6
Preparation time 75mins
Cooking time 90mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Puree all marinade ingredients in blender until smooth, scraping down blender jar as needed.

Place steak on rimmed baking sheet or in large baking dish. Using dinner fork, prick steak about 20 times on each side. Rub both sides of steak evenly with salt and then with paste. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

Using large chimney starter, ignite about 6 quarts (1 large chimney, or 2 1/2 pounds) charcoal briquettes and burn until covered with thin coating of light gray ash, about 20 minutes. Empty coals into grill; build two-level fire by arranging coals to cover one half of grill. Position grill grate over coals, cover grill, and heat grate for 5 minutes; scrape grate clean with grill brush. Grill is ready when coals are hot (you can hold your hand 5 inches above grate for just 2 seconds).

Using paper towels, wipe paste off steak; season both sides with pepper. Grill steak directly over coals until well browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Using tongs, flip steak; grill until second side is well browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
NOTE: I used a gas grill, which worked fine.

Using paring knife, make small cut into thickest part of meat; if meat is slightly less done than desired, transfer steak to cutting board (meat will continue to cook as it rests). If steak is significantly underdone, position so that thinner side is over cool side of grill and thicker side is over hot side; continue to cook until thickest part is slightly less done than desired, then transfer steak to cutting board.

Loosely tent steak with foil; let rest 5 to 10 minutes. Using sharp chef's knife or carving knife, slice steak about 1/4 inch thick against grain and on bias. Serve immediately.


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