This foolproof Asian flank steak marinade has brown sugar, soy sauce, mirin & garlic. Marinate overnight for tender, juicy Asian marinated flank steak! Top with a spicy Asian chimichurri sauce for chimichurri steak.
This is a foolproof recipe for Asian flank steak marinade! You'll end up with tender, juicy steak that just melts in your mouth. This Asian steak marinade adds a delicious sweet and savory flavor from the brown sugar, soy sauce, and mirin. Top with a spicy Asian chimichurri sauce for an unforgettable chimichurri steak dinner!
Growing up in an Asian household, I ate a lot of Asian marinated steak. My favorite part was the caramelized marinade on the outside of the steak which intensifies in flavor during the cooking process. This Asian flank steak marinade gives you that caramelization because of the brown sugar and mirin. The mirin also acts to tenderize the meat during the marination. If you love Korean marinated beef, you'll love this marinade as the flavors are very similar.
Spicy Asian Chimichurri Steak
I always crave fresh greens when eating a heavy meal which is why I love chimichurri steak. Pair your Asian marinated flank steak with this herbaceous, spicy Asian chimichurri sauce made with parsley, cilantro, basil, and hot chilis peppers.
Asian Steak Marinade Uses:
This marinade can be used on the following cuts of meat:
- flank steak
- skirt steak
- flat iron
- galbi - Korean short ribs
- bulgogi - thinly sliced Korean beef
How to Make Asian Marinated Flank Steak:
Prepare the Asian flank steak marinade
- soy sauce
- brown sugar
Let the flank steak marinate for at least 6 hours but I recommend overnight for a more tender steak.
Bring the steak to room temperature before cooking as this ensures consistent cooking throughout.
For a medium rare steak, the internal temperature should reach 130 degrees F before removing it from the heat. This was about 6 - 7 minutes of cooking on both sides for a 1 inch thick flank steak.
I recommend using a cast iron pan as this holds heat consistently and longer.
Let the steak rest for 5 minutes loosely covered so the juices redistribute into the steak. Slice thinly and top with spicy Asian chimichurri sauce.
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Asian Chimichurri Steak | Foolproof Asian Flank Steak Marinade
- 1½ lb flank steak - can substitute skirt steak or flat iron
- 2 Tablespoons clarified butter
- spicy Asian chimichurri sauce - to serve on the side
Asian Steak Marinade
- ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce
- ⅓ cup mirin
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
- 1½ Tablespoons ginger - grated
- 5 cloves garlic - minced
- Place the flank steak into a large ziplock bag. Mix together the ingredients for the Asian steak marinade and add it to the flank steak. Using the plastic bag, massage the steak and make sure the marinade evenly covers the steak. Let the flank steak marinate in the fridge for at least 6 hours. Overnight is recommended.
- Take the flank steak out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature as this ensures even cooking. Add clarified butter to a pan and heat over medium high heat until it just barely starts to smoke. Remove the steak from the bag, drip off the excess, and lay it flat on your hot pan.
- For medium rare steak: Leave the steak to sear on one side for about 6 - 7 minutes for a 1 inch thick steak. Then flip it over and leave it to sear on the other side for another 6 - 7 minutes. If using a meat thermometer, check that the internal temperature of your steak is 130° which will get you a medium rare done steak. Adjust the cooking time according to how you like your steak.
- Place the steak on a plate, loosely cover with foil, and let it rest for 5 - 6 minutes to let the juices redistribute into the meat. Serve the flank steak with spicy Asian chimichurri sauce.
*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.
has anyone grilled this steak?
Good morning Jamie, as I have nearly all ingredients for this mousewatering dish on hand, I wanted to ask if I could substitute the mirin with a mild rice vinegar? I'd love to make this for tonight's dinner and the next Asian supermarket is too far away for buying the mirin today..
Thank you for helping!
Hi Anna! A good substitute for mirin would be white wine, soju, or sake. If you don't have that on hand, you can add water or stock with a few drop of lemon juice or vinegar. Hope that helps!
This recipe helped produce the most tender meat I think I have ever eaten - I am so happy to have come across your blog, as I now have the confidence to cook meat. I used to shy away from it, as I was always worried it would be chewy - but wow, with your technique I know that won't happen. It truly is a foolproof recipe!
This Chimichurri sauce is incredible!! So tasty - we made a big batch of it last week, and made some more today to enjoy with the steak, which was also delicious. We grilled it up with some broccoli and what a yummy meal it made!
Thanks Fifi! Steak is my favorite way to enjoy this sauce too!
I like the spin with the sauce on the steak, I am going to have to try this. I really like the contrast of the sauce to the steak!
I love chimichurri, and this looks so delicious! Those Asian flavors sound so incredible!
Thank you Jessica! The Asian flavors added so much to this dish. Hope you enjoy it!
Such a flavorful and delicious platter. I would love to try the steak recipe soon.
Thank you Kushigalu! The marinade really added tons of flavor! Hope you enjoy it.
I know what I will be having for dinner tonight! A restaurant worthy recipe, indeed! Yum!
Thanks Jacque! Hope you enjoy it!
Love the sound of this delicious steak. Homemade chimichurri is the best. I was so happy that I was able to have a herb garden this summer. My family would devour this for sure.
Thanks Gloria, homemade is definitely the best! I also made this with my first successful herb garden! 😀
Next time I'm craving a steak dinner I am reaching for this recipe fur sure! The chimichurri on the top just sets it apart from all other steak recipes out there.
Thank you Sharon, that's such a compliment! The chimichurri is definite must! 🙂
This is mouth melting, delicious and flavorful. I love the platter.
Thank you Veena! We all loved it for dinner!
Oh yes! I love Korean marinated beef. The mirin sounds like an absolute must in this recipe.
Thank you Dahn! Yes the mirin helps tenderize the meat so don't want to skip that part! 😀
What an easy and flavorful recipe! This will be perfect on our steak tomorrow night; looking forward to this, indeed!
Thank you Sara! Chimichurri steak is such a great combo!
YUM! This steak looks perfectly cooked, and the chimichurri sauce is the perfect addition!
Thanks Caitlyn! The chimichurri sauce complemented the steak so well!
This steak looks so tender and juicy, I cannot wait to make it! Love the chimichurri sauce served beside too! Excellent recipe with perfect Asian flavors!
Thank you so much Cathy! The marinade definitely helps make it tender and juicy!