Carne Asada

Carne Asada, or sliced, spicy steak is a perfect meal for athletes and non-athletes alike. This is made by marinating flank steak in a mixture of cilantro, jalapenos, garlic and oil for an hour or so, then grilling. If you have an outdoor grill, I envy you. Otherwise, you’ll have to rough it like me and use a grill pan or other similarly large pan on the stove.

Flank steak is a cheaper cut of beef, with prices ranging from $4.99-6.99/lb. Flank steak is best marinated then grilled, or otherwise cooked quickly, and needs to be cut against the grain. Here are instructions if you don’t know what the grain is or where to find it.

Serve the steak with a side of rice or corn tortillas, along with salsa and avocados. Or, just eat it alongside some veggies (zucchini or peppers would be an excellent choice here). I like to eat red meat like this after particularly hard training days, as it helps provide nutrients like iron and creatine that aid in recovery.

Carne Asada

Prep time 1 hour, 10 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Pre-preparable
Occasion Barbecue
Website Simply Recipes' Carne Asada
Flank steak is marinated in a mixture of lime juice, cilantro, jalapenos and garlic to give it great flavor. Perfect for barbeques, picnics, and quick family meals.


  • 4 cloves garlic (roughly chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 handful cilantro (roughly chopped)
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2lb flank steak


Step 1
Combine everything but the steak into a large glass bowl. (Do NOT use a metal bowl, as it is reactive with the acids in the marinade and will ruin your dinner.)
Step 2
Add meat into the bowl and turn to coat evenly.
Step 3
Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours.
Step 4
Preheat your grill or grill pan on medium-high heat and brush with olive oil to prevent the meat from sticking.
Step 5
Grill the meat 1-2 minutes per side, depending on the thickness. This will produce a medium-rare steak.
Step 6
Let the steak rest for a few minutes under a piece of aluminum foil, then slice on a diagonal against the grain.
Step 7
Serve with sliced avocados, pico de gallo, and tortillas.

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