Flank steak takes on savory Asian flavors with this quick steak marinade recipe. We like buckwheat soba noodles for their nutty flavor but any noodle, such as rice noodles or spaghetti, works well too.

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Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2015


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  • Combine 2 tablespoons soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, garlic and ginger in a large sealable plastic bag. Add steak, turn to coat and let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook, stirring occasionally, according to package instructions, adding broccoli slaw to the pot during the last minute of cooking. Drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a bowl and toss with sesame oil, sesame seeds and the remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce.

  • Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons peanut oil in a flat-bottom carbon-steel wok or large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Remove half of the steak from the marinade and cook, stirring frequently, until desired doneness, 2 to 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-high and repeat with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons peanut oil and the remaining steak. Serve the steak with the noodles.


If you have a little extra time before dinner, put the steak in the freezer for about 20 minutes to help make it easier to slice thinly.

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

495 calories; protein 34.6g; carbohydrates 54.5g; dietary fiber 5.5g; sugars 5.5g; fat 15.9g; saturated fat 3.8g; cholesterol 69.1mg; vitamin a iu 1755.2IU; vitamin c 75.1mg; folate 11.4mcg; calcium 101.2mg; iron 4.2mg; magnesium 51.9mg; potassium 862.4mg; sodium 485.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 3g.

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Rating: 5 stars
Yummy and not labor intensive I sliced and then marinated the meat for just an hour at room temperature - it was just so good. Pros: Tasty and filling Cons: I couldn't find buckwheat soba noodles so I used regular soba noodles and it was excellent. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Not Gluten free I haven't made this yet but all soy sauce is NOT gluten free. Check your brand. I think LaChoy is gluten free. Or you can use amino acids instead Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Light fare Very tasty recipe. Couldn't find buckwheat soba noodles so just used regular. Used the packet it came with for the seasoning and worked out great with the flank steak. I only cooked the steak until it was brown as it was sliced very thin and cooked fast. After 8 hours of marination it was very tender Pros: Didn't have brocolli slaw so used cabbage slaw instead and it worked great Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Awesome flank steak but underwhelming side The flank steak strips after 4 hours of marinating were very flavorful. The buckwheat soba noodles with the broccoli slaw on the other hand were rather underwhelming without any seasoning to mellow the strong buckwheat and crude cabbage taste. I would definitely make the steak again but with regular noodles and season them. Pros: Very flavorful meat Cons: Underwhelming noodles Read More