Sesame-Spinach Stuffed Flank Steak


This healthy steak recipe is quick enough for a weeknight dinner and yet impressive enough for a dinner party. Round out the meal with baked sweet potatoes and garlic green beans.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

  • 2 scallions, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari

  • 3 teaspoons sesame seeds, divided

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

  • 2 teaspoons toasted (dark) sesame oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound flank steak, trimmed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Mix spinach, scallions, tamari, 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, ginger, sesame oil and garlic in a medium bowl.

  3. Place steak on a cutting board and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap; pound with a meat mallet or heavy skillet to an even 1/4-inch thickness. Spread the spinach mixture over the steak, leaving a 1-inch border. Starting at one edge of a long side, roll the steak up tightly, tucking in the filling as you go. Tie the steak with kitchen string at 2-inch intervals. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Heat grapeseed oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steak and cook, turning often, until browned on all sides, about 3 minutes total. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the steak reads 120 degrees F to 125 degrees F for medium-rare, 12 to 15 minutes.

  5. Transfer the steak to a clean cutting board, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut into 8 slices and serve sprinkled with the remaining 1 teaspoon sesame seeds.


Equipment: Kitchen string

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

264 Calories
15g Fat
5g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 oz. steak
Calories 264
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Vitamin A 8387IU 168%
Vitamin C 6mg 6%
Folate 118mcg 29%
Sodium 419mg 18%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 4mg 19%
Magnesium 82mg 20%
Potassium 564mg 12%

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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