Miso-Marinated Flank Steak

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.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
5 servings


  • 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 degrees to 130 degrees 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.


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.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

239 Calories
12g Fat
1g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size about 3 1/2 oz. steak
Calories 239
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Vitamin A 1IU 0%
Folate 9mcg 2%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 23mg 6%
Potassium 334mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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