Marinated Pan-Seared Flank Steak

Are you interested in trying out something that is sweet and savory? Do you love a good steak? Well, if you love steak, then this Marinated Pan-Seared Flank Steak is a dish you do not want to miss out on. This dish comes together well with a nice cut of flank steak and a homemade sweet and savory marinade. The homemade flank steak marinade is so, so good! The wonderful thing about this marinade is that it only uses a few simple household ingredients. This marinade is pretty much fool-proof for flank steak. If you are looking for a new and delicious marinade to introduce to your steaks, then give this one a try!

Marinated Pan-Seared Flank Steak

Recipe by Madison
3.8 from 23 votes
Course: Main, Dinner, LunchDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the Flank Steak:
  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak

  • For the Marinade:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 cup red wine

  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • In a large bowl, mix together olive oil, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, black pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Next, add the steak to the marinade and coat well. (I cut my steak into pieces so it could fit in my bowl and pan properly.)
  • Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, remove from the refrigerator and heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sear both sides of the steak for 3 to 4 minutes until well browned.
  • Remove skillet from the heat. Allow the steaks to rest in the pan for another 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley or green onion. Enjoy!


  • This same recipe can also be used for skirt steak.

For the Marinade: 

Making the marinade is simple! Combine: Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, red wine, brown sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder and lemon juice. To any of my newer cooks who are reading, this might sound like a strange combination, but I promise you it is one of the BEST combinations. Be sure to marinate the meat anywhere between 1 hour and 8 hours. For this recipe, I marinated the steak for just 1 hour and it was perfect. However, the longer you marinate, the more flavor you can achieve. 

This marinade smells so good that you’ll want to eat it by itself. For food safety purposes, be sure to discard any marinade that comes into contact with the raw meat. Here is a tip: You can make extra marinade to use as a dipping sauce to go along with any sides or vegetables that you might have. Sounds delicious, right?

What is Flank Steak?

Flank steak is a lean cut of meat and it comes from the abdominal muscles of the cow. 

A lot can be done with this cut of beef. Flank steak is the perfect steak for marinating (hence, why I used this cut of beef for the marinade). It can also be used for grilling, broiling, roasting, and sautéing. Since this cut of meat is so lean, it is prone to drying out quickly. Therefore, it is best to marinate this steak. 

How to Cook the Flank Steak

I personally avoid using store bought marinades. They are loaded with unnecessary sugars, salt and other additives. To make a good marinade you only need a few ingredients and typically they are ingredients that most people have on hand. Fortunately this marinade is easy to make and does not make me tired like some prepackaged items.

Since flank steak tends to dry out, I recommend cooking this to be anywhere from medium rare to medium. To achieve this, you only need to cook the steak for 3 to 4 minutes per side over medium-high heat. Simply add a couple tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat and sear both sides for 3-4 minutes. That sounds easy enough right? 

How to Serve the Steak

I recommend serving this with a lot of veggies and a starch. You really want the steak to be the star of the show here. Since I seared the flank steak, I decided to cook my veggies the same way. I also had some leftover corn on the cob from dinner the night before. To go with the veggies and steak, I added some rice pilaf. It all made for the perfect meal, but the Marinated Flank Steak was by far the best food on my plate. A side salad would also pair well if you prefer that. 

I hope you find this recipe easy and delicious! It truly makes for a yummy star of your dinner plate.

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