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Cinco de Mayo: Grilled Lime-Marinated Flat Iron Steak

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Today is Cinco de Mayo.

When I was younger, we used this day as an excuse to go out with our friends. As I got older, I celebrated it less–generally with an acknowledgement about the day and that was it.

However, I know quite a few people do utilize this day as a great reason to gather with friends and families. So, here are a few recipes that would be perfect for family gatherings to celebrate!

They work for other occasions too! 😀

Enjoy!


Grilled Lime-Marinated Flat Iron Steak

Grilled Lime-Marinated Flat Iron Steak

Flat iron steak is the second-most tender steak cut available. It is known for its rich, beefy taste.  Similar cuts to the flat iron steak are the butler steak in the UK or the oyster blade steak found in New Zealand and Australia. Book steak, shoulder top blade steak, and petite steak are just a few other cuts found in various regions around the world that seem to resemble the flat iron steak.


Grilled Lime-Marinated Flat Iron Steak

Grilled Lime-Marinated Flat Iron Steak

This steak recipes produces a tender, flavorful dish that is perfect for a Cinco de Mayo gathering or for any backyard grill day!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 154 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 Cup lime juice about 4 limes
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced about 1/3 cup
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/2 lb. flat iron steak
  • vegetable oil for grates or grill pan
  • coarse salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Combine the lime juice, soy sauce, green onions, ginger and red pepper flakes in a resealable plastic bag.
  • Lightly score steak in a cross-hatch manner on both sides.
  • Add the steak to a Ziplock bag and press out all the air and seal. Place the bag in a dish to protect against leakage. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Heat an outdoor grill, contact grill, or indoor grill pan to medium high. Lightly oil pan or grill grates.
  • Remove the steak from the marinade and let the excess marinade drip off. Pat dry with a paper towel. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place the steak on the grill; cover and cook, turning once until the meat has reached the desired doneness, 6-8 minutes (depending on thickness of steak) for medium rare. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes before slicing thin across the grain. Serve with Cuban Style Black Beans and Rice if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Tip: For rare, temperature should be 120°F to 125°F, around three minutes per side; medium rare is 135°F, three to four minutes per side; medium, 140°F, four to five minutes per side; medium well, 150°F, five to six minutes per side; and well-done, 160°F to 175°F, six to seven minutes per side.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Lime-Marinated Flat Iron Steak
Amount per Serving
Calories
154
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
50
mg
17
%
Sodium
 
734
mg
32
%
Potassium
 
338
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
16
g
32
%
Vitamin A
 
192
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
10
mg
12
%
Calcium
 
18
mg
2
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Cinco de Mayo, flat iron steak, grill, lime
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Instant Pot® Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

Instant Pot® Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

This hearty meatless dish borrows elements from traditional Cuban black bean recipes, such as the oregano, dried cumin, and bay leaves. However, it isn’t intended as a classic “authentic” interpretation.

Although not featured here, a tablespoon of tomato paste added prior to cooking would be a nice addition to the flavor profile of this recipe, especially if served as leftovers the next day.


Cuban black beans and rice

Instant Pot® Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

A perfect accompaniment for Steak or alone, this dish is simple and quick to make and very satisfying.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 32 mins
Natural Release 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 7 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 482 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 c. dried black beans rinsed and picked over
  • 1 medium red pepper seeded and cut into large pieces
  • ½ medium white onion cut into large pieces
  • ½ T. dried oregano
  • ½ T. dried cumin
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • c. chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 T. red wine vinegar
  • 2 T. red pepper diced
  • 3 T. avocado diced
  • 2 T. fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1 whole lime cut into wedges (optional)
  • 3 c. cooked white or yellow rice

Instructions
 

  • Add the beans, red pepper, onion, oregano, dried cumin, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and bay leaves to Instant Pot®.
  • Pour broth on top and add the lid. Set the pressure valve to “sealing” and select the “Manual” cooking option on the “High” setting. Set cook time to 32 minutes.
  • When done cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes, and then do a quick release of any remaining pressure.
  • Turn the unit off and carefully remove lid. Transfer red pepper, onion, and ½ cup broth to a blender or food processor. Cover and blend until smooth.
  • Pour pureed vegetable mixture back into the Instant Pot® and add red wine vinegar. Season with additional salt and black pepper, as desired, and stir to combine. Serve immediately over a bed of cooked rice, topped with chopped red pepper, avocado, and cilantro. Offer lime wedges, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Tip: Reserve the red portion of the pepper top for garnish
This recipe was tested at 30 minutes active cook time. Although the recipe works at that time, the beans were a little firm. Add an additional two minutes to the active cook time for less firm results.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot® Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice
Amount per Serving
Calories
482
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
228
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
729
mg
21
%
Carbohydrates
 
99
g
33
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
15
g
30
%
Vitamin A
 
766
IU
15
%
Vitamin C
 
34
mg
41
%
Calcium
 
89
mg
9
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword black beans, Cuban, lime, main dish, side dish
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