Cumin Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with Salsa - Savory Simple

Flank steak has become one of my favorite cuts of meat. I love how inexpensive it is to work with and I love the way it just soaks up marinade flavors like a sponge. This past summer I discovered that grilling really is the perfect way to prepare flank steak. Broiling works fine as well when the weather’s not so nice but it doesn’t capture the same level of smokiness. This cumin marinated grilled flank steak is an easy dinner that celebrates those charred smokey flavors I love so very much. 

I used Martinez Salsa as the inspiration for this recipe. Any regular salsa will work here but what I like about their medium salsa is that it has a strong cumin flavor and a nice level of heat. I decided to use the salsa in both the marinade and as an accompaniment to the grilled flank steak. For the marinade I decided to stick with and enhance the flavor profile of the salsa itself, incorporating ingredients like cumin, lime juice and cilantro. Enjoy!

Cumin Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with Salsa
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup salsa (I used Martinez Medium Salsa)
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 1 lime (approximately 2 tablespoons)
  • 1½ pounds flank steak, fat trimmed
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
For Serving:
  • salsa (I used Martinez Medium Salsa)
  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a liquid measuring cup. Place the flank steak in a resealable plastic bag and add the marinade, tossing to coat. Place the bag in the refrigerator and marinate for a minimum of 6 hours to overnight, turning the bag periodically.
  2. Remove the bag from the refrigerator and allow to steak to come to room temperature before grilling. When you’re ready to cook, preheat the grill to the highest temperature. Discard the marinade and pat the steak dry. Season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill the steak on high heat for approximately 3-­4 minutes per side until it’s cooked to medium­-rare. Allow the meat to rest for at least 10 minutes. Slice against the grain in to thin strips. Serve topped with salsa.


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Disclaimer: I was paid to develop a recipe for Martinez Salsa. As always, all opinions are my own! 

  • Tracey

    Flank steak really is the best, I love it! It’s pretty expensive here so only an occasional splurge but I’m overdue to buy one. Can’t wait to try this!

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    I’m a huge fan of flank steak as well and as always you killed it on this photo. This meat looks SOOOO good.

  • Tieghan

    You just made some of the best looking flank steak ever! Gorgeous and the flavors sound awesome! Must make this one for my family!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Gorgeous flank! This is why I can never be vegetarian.

  • Theresa

    That is an unbelievably gorgeous piece of flank. Pinned!

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

    I am serious when I say that is the prettiest flank I have ever seen! We have slowly crossed back over into the meat world, and we have been binging on steak the past month.

  • Gerry @ foodness gracious

    I love flank steak because its so easy to cook and is always juicy! looks so good!!

  • Bree (Skinny Mommy)

    So easy and simple-love it!

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I often shy away from flank steak because I think it’s going to end up too dry or chewy. Bur yours look perfect! I will need to try my hand at it soon!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’ve had it turn out that way before. The key is to not overcook it, let it rest for at least 10 minutes (in my opinion) and slice as thin as possible. All of these recipes I’ve seen online say to cook it for like 5 minutes per side. That’s so so wrong. I had to figure it out through trial and error.

  • Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    That is a gorgeous photo, and is making me crave steak despite having the most wonderful sauteed beet greens and fried egg lunch.
    Thanks, Jen!

  • Theresa B.

    Just wondering if the time for grilling, 34 minutes per side, is correct? Seems like that would be way too long.

    • Jennifer Farley

      holy cow, thank you. That was missing a VERY important dash. 3-4

      • Theresa B.

        LOL, glad I said something then. Can’t wait to try this recipe. We love flank steak too.

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    Oh, that looks amazing! Love grilling flank steak!

  • Happy Valley Chow

    Holy cow that looks absolutely incredible, fantastic recipe!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love flank steak, your marinade sounds so good!

  • Yvette

    Yum! Can’t go wrong with flank steak. Gorgeous photo!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    It’s true, flank steak is really affordable, especially wen we need to feed a lot of people. My husband enjoys grilling and I haven’t grilled much myself, but you seem like you’re very good at grilling and made me inspired to try too! This is a beautifully photographed grilled meat (and I am not very good at taking photos of meat…).

  • Karen Marie

    I had all of the ingredients and just had to make this one. Used Newman’s Own Medium Salsa as that was what I had on hand. YUMMY! So full of flavor. Will definitely be making this one again. THANK YOU!

  • natalie @ wee eats

    flank steak is a favorite around these parts and CUMIN is the PERFECT match for flank! This recipe would be great on its own, with some tortillas, a bed of rice, or even a salad! YUM!

  • Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh wow, this is fantastic. My husband will definitely fall in love with this recipe :)

  • Mary Happymommy

    This looks yummy! My family is Colombian and have always used Cumin in recipes.