Balsamic Molasses Marinated Skirt/Flap/Blade/Flank Steak
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A tasty, tender, and juicy flatiron, skirt, flank or flap steak marinated in maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, molasses, coffee, rosemary, sage, and other seasonings.
Recipe type: Beef
Cuisine: Skirt/Flap/Blade/Flank Steak
Serves: 2-4 servings (depending upon steak size)
  • 1 steak (skirt steak small or large, flank steak, flatiron, or flap)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • ½ teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, sprinkled generously
  • 2 tablespoons black coffee, freshly brewed
  • ½ teaspoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  1. Put the steak into a medium sized bowl (preferably one that is wide and flat on the bottom, so that steak will be well-covered by marinade). Add all the marinade ingredients, then use your hands (yes, your hands) to rub the marinade into the steak and make sure that it’s well coated.
  2. Cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator. Marinade for 3 hours or overnight. About 30 minutes before you are ready to make the steak, remove the bowl from the refrigerator and set it on the counter (this will allow the steak to warm to room temperature to ensure even cooking).
  3. Put about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom of a cast iron pan that is large enough to fit the steak with extra room on the sides. Depending on the size of your pan you will need less or more olive oil. Just make sure you add enough to cover the bottom of the pan well (see below recipe for a picture of about how your pan should look).
  4. Heat the pan to medium high heat. When the olive oil starts smoking slightly (the smoke will be barely visible, so you have to pay attention) put the steak onto the pan. Keep as far away from the pan as you can here as some hot oil might splatter out.
  5. Allow the steak to cook for about three-four minutes on a side. Don’t move it around or mess with it with your spatula. If your burner doesn’t quite cover the bottom of your pan, you’ll want to move the pan (not the steak) around a little bit to make sure the steak cooks evenly.
  6. After about 3 minutes, check the bottom of the steak for brownness by lifting up an edge with your spatula. If it seems well-browned, flip. If it could get a little browner without burning, don’t flip it yet.
  7. Once you flip the steak, put a thermometer into the very thickest part of the steak and monitor the temperature as the other side cooks. For a rare steak, your temperature should be around 115-120 degrees F. For medium rare, 120-125 degrees F. For well done, 130 degrees F.
  8. Depending upon just how hot your pan is and whether or not the pan is still increasing in heat, you may have to flip the steak again if the side you’re cooking it on seems to be starting to burn.
  9. After the desired temperature is reached and both sides of the steak appear to be evenly cooked, remove from the pan and set onto a plate. Cover lightly with foil and allow the steak to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and eating.
  10. Slice in thin slices against the grain (as shown in pictures). This applies to all of the cuts that could be used in this recipe.
Note: Unless if you want to turn the marinade into a sauce and are prepared to make it hot enough to cook raw meat juices, you should discard it. Do NOT reuse it.
Recipe by I Am Gluten Free at