Miso-Marinated Flank Steak

March/April 2014

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This easy marinated steak recipe uses Japanese miso, which is made from soy, barley and rice, and has a strong, savory umami taste. Miso is best known for its use in miso soup, but miso is amazing in meat marinades like this Asian steak marinade because it produces rich flavors in the meat. Look for sake (Japanese rice wine) where other wines are sold.

Miso-Marinated Flank Steak

Makes: 5 servings

Serving Size: about 3 1/2 oz. steak

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  • 1/3 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup mirin (see Tip)
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 1 flank steak (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil


  1. Combine sake, mirin, soy sauce, ginger and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and whisk in miso until fully dissolved. Let cool.
  2. Place steak in a gallon-size sealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Turn the bag several times to coat the steak. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day, turning the bag a few times, if possible, to redistribute the marinade.
  3. Remove the steak from the marinade (discard marinade) and let it stand on a plate at room temperature for 40 minutes.
  4. Position oven rack about 3 inches from the heat source; preheat broiler to high. (Or preheat a grill to medium-high.)
  5. Pat the steak dry and brush with oil. Place on a broiler pan (or directly on the grill rack) and cook, flipping once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 125° to 130°F for medium-rare, 3 to 6 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Transfer the steak to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. To serve, cut diagonally across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Marinate the steak in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
  • Mirin is a sweet, low-alcohol rice wine essential in Japanese cooking. Look for it in your supermarket with the Asian or gourmet ingredients. It will keep for several months in the refrigerator. An equal portion of sherry or white wine with a pinch of sugar can be used as a substitute.


Per serving: 239 calories; 12 g fat (4 g sat, 5 g mono); 82 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 1 g total sugars; 28 g protein; 0 g fiber; 109 mg sodium; 334 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Zinc (33% daily value), Vitamin B12 (31% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 fat

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