Portuguese Flank Steak on the Grill

A simple overnight marinade, and a flurry of spices seared onto the meat brings back great memories of Portugal.


1/4 cup olive oil

3 cloves minced garlic

Juice of 1 lime

2 bay leaves

2-pound flank steak

Spice mixture:

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon salt


In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic and lime.  Place flank steak in a roasting pan and pour half the marinade over.  Turn and coat with the other half.  Place bay leaves on top, cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Heat up the grill.

Make spice mixture:  Combine chili powder, cumin, garlic, cayenne and salt.  Remove bay leaves from steak.  Sprinkle half of the spice mixture on steak.  Place spice-side down on grill to sear.  Sprinkle remaining spices on other side.  Flip and sear second side.  Cover grill and cook about 10 minutes more.  Remove to a cutting board, cover and let rest ten minutes.

Carve thin slices against the grain.  Serves 4.