This quick spice rub lends robust flavor and helps achieve delicious charring on the surface of the meat. Flank steak is a lean cut that's relatively inexpensive; be sure to slice thinly across the grain for tender bites.

Ann Taylor Pittman
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Photography: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Anna Hampton; Prop Styling: Thom Driver.

Recipe Summary

Serves 4 (serving size: 3 oz.)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine five-spice powder, brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, and ground red pepper in a small bowl. Rub spice mixture over both sides of flank steak.

  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add steak to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steak from pan; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Cut steak across the grain into thin slices.

Nutrition Facts

266 calories; fat 14g; saturated fat 5g; protein 31g; carbohydrates 2g; fiber 0g; cholesterol 0mg; iron 0mg; sugars 1g; added sugar 1g; sodium 421mg; calcium 0 2% DV; potassium 0 11% DV.