Photo by: Photo: Jan Smith

Spicy Flank Steak

Sweet honey balances the hot spices in this dish. Check your grocery's ethnic-food section for the dried peppers. If you can't find almond blossom honey, substitute a dark, rich honey, such as avocado.

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces steak and 2 tablespoons sauce)


  • none Sauce:
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 none stemmed dried seeded pasilla chile
  • 1 none stemmed dried seeded Anaheim chile
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 none garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup less-sodium beef broth
  • 1/3 cup almond blossom honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • none Steak:
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1 pound flank steak, trimmed
  • none Cooking spray


To prepare sauce, combine boiling water and chiles in a small bowl; cover and let stand 10 minutes.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 2 minutes or just until garlic begins to brown. Add water, chiles, broth, honey, juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cumin; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook until reduced to about 1/2 cup (about 15 minutes), stirring frequently. Place mixture in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Keep warm.

To prepare steak, heat a grill pan over high heat. Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and paprika; rub salt mixture evenly over both sides of steak. Lightly coat steak with cooking spray. Add steak to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Place steak on a platter; let stand 5 minutes. Cutsteak diagonally across grain into thin slices; drizzle with sauce.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 259none
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Fat: 7.4g
  • Saturated fat: 2.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 23.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 25.1g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg
  • Iron: 1.8mg
  • Sodium: 740mg
  • Calcium: 22mg

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Spicy Flank Steak Recipe