Photo by: Photo: Jeff Kauck; Styling: Andrea Kuhn

Fiery Flank Steak with Tomato Jam

Make jam to capitalize on a bumper crop of summer tomatoes. Prepare the jam up to two days ahead. Cover and store in the refrigerator, but serve it at room temperature. For a quick appetizer, serve it with cream cheese on crackers.

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces steak and about 1/4 cup jam)


  • none Jam:
  • 6 none large ripe tomatoes, cored and cut in half crosswise (about 4 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup grated onion
  • 3 none garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 none jalapeño peppers, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • none Steak:
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime rind
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 none jalapeño peppers, minced
  • 2 none garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds flank steak, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • none Cooking spray
  • none Remaining ingredient:
  • none Lemon slices (optional)


To prepare jam, grate tomatoes, flesh side down, over a large bowl to form 5 1/2 cups pulp; discard skins. Combine pulp, sugar, onion, 3 garlic cloves, and 2 jalapeños in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until reduced to 2 1/4 cups (about 20 minutes), stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature. Stir in cilantro, 3 tablespoons juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

To prepare steak, combine rind, 1/3 cup juice, oil, 2 jalapeños, and 2 garlic cloves in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add steak; seal. Marinate in refrigerator 8 hours or overnight, turning bag occasionally.

Prepare grill.

Remove steak from bag; discard marinade. Sprinkle both sides of steak evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place steak on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin slices. Serve with jam. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

Wine note: Tomato Jam captures the rich flavor of summer tomatoes, a classic partner for high-acid red wines. For a sure bet, reach for Chianti or an affordable barbera, like Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Le Orme 2004 ($13). This bright and fruity wine has tart cranberry flavors and the vibrant acidity that tomatoes demand. Earthy and smoky aromas resonate with the grilled steak. --Jeffery Lindenmuth

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 258none
  • Calories from fat: 31%
  • Fat: 8.8g
  • Saturated fat: 3.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 26.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 19.3g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg
  • Iron: 2.5mg
  • Sodium: 161mg
  • Calcium: 57mg

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Fiery Flank Steak with Tomato Jam Recipe