Grilled Carne Asada

Here is a great recipe for grilled carne asada made with flank steak. I used a classic marinade of lime, cilantro, onion, garlic and cumin. I’ve made a carne asada before, although not traditional, with top sirloin. I have been afraid to use flank steak in the past, because I feared it would be to tough. However, after a strong acidic marinade and proper cooking, it’s incredibly tender and flavorful. Using high heat to cook the steak, and not cooking it beyond a medium temperature makes the steak very juicy. After the meat was cooked, I let it rest, for about half of the time that it cooked. Then I sliced it thinly against the grain, and served it in a tortilla warmed on the grill with pico de gallo and chopped avocados.

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Grilled Carne Asada Recipe

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1 flank steak (about 2 lbs)
the juice of 2 limes
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/4 onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons white vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper
vegetable oil for grilling


Preheat grill. Combine all ingredients, except steak, in a large bowl. Mix well. Add steak. Let it marinate for 1 - 3 hours. Letting it marinate for too long will make the meat "soggy" because the citrus and vinegar will start to cook the meat.

Brush grill grates with vegetable, or another high heat oil. Grill until you get a good sear on each side. You don't want to cook more than medium, or it will become dry. Make sure to let the steak rest for at least half of it's cooking time. Then slice perpendicular to grain of meat before serving.

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  22 Responses to “Grilled Carne Asada”

  1. Cookin' Canuck — August 16, 2010 @ 10:44 am

    Really nice marinade for this! Flank steak is one of my favorite things to cook on the grill. Your tips of high heat and cooking until no more than medium-rare are right on the money.

  2. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — August 16, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    Carne asada tacos are my favorite Mexican menu item! The quality of the carne asada is how I judge a new mexican restaurant 🙂 I can just imagine the taste of this carne asada with that delicious marinade. Yum. We may just have to put some carne asada on the grill tonight!

  3. Kalynskitchen — August 16, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious!

  4. Angelia McGowan — August 16, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    Grilled Carne Asada: Here is a great recipe for grilled carne asada made with flank steak. I used a classic marina…

  5. Chef Benjamin Daymon — August 16, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    RT @EclecticRecipes: Grilled Carne Asada: Here is a great recipe for grilled carne asada made with flank steak. I used a classic marina…

  6. Atticus Stryker — August 16, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    RT @EclecticRecipes: Grilled Carne Asada //Super tasty!

  7. Monet — August 16, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

    This is simple southern fare…I love the thought of that grilled tortilla and the fresh salsa. If only I ate meat…being here in Texas is making it hard for me to resist!

  8. Tickled Red — August 17, 2010 @ 12:01 am

    That is a beautiful piece of steak. I love your tips and how you were reluctant to use flank steak. Sounds like everything came out gloriously 🙂 Next time we make fajitas I’m going to give your marinade a try.

  9. Kristi Rimkus — August 17, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    I’m a big fan of carne asada. We use flank steak often. It’s a nice lean cut of beef. This looks delicious!

  10. Suzanne — August 17, 2010 @ 10:19 am

    Wow, this looks fantastic! Must make the marinade at my very next opportunity! Love the flank, too. Always as hit with MM. Great, pic, too. I can almost smell the deliciousness now!

  11. Kath — August 17, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    Great looking recipe! I didn’t know carne asada was so easy. I’ll have to try it soon.

  12. grace — August 17, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

    look at that little nibble of cilantro! what an awesome slab of meat. 🙂

  13. Belinda @zomppa — August 17, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    That marinade is fool proof!

  14. Baking Serendipity — August 17, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

    I love carne asada…especially with avocado! Yours looks great 🙂

  15. Squeaky Gourmet — August 18, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    What a great picture! My husband loves Carne Asada–I think I will try this recipe over the weekend!

  16. Emily @Cleanliness — August 18, 2010 @ 10:15 am

    This is SUCH a fantastic recipe!!

  17. Jamie Jones — September 5, 2010 @ 11:11 pm
  18. Jamie Jones — September 5, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

    [email protected] Grilled Carne Asada Mmmm dinner! 🙂

  19. This is another wonderful recipe that I do like to do (and to eat too, obviously) every once in a while. There are some health concerns regarding the consumption of meat, and since it is better to be safe than sorry, I would say that it is important to cook the meat well, although not up to the point of drying it completely. Either way, this is a tasty meal.

  20. Steaks @ MeatHub Inc. — November 10, 2010 @ 11:44 am

    That grilled carne asada looks awesome! You had me at “lime marinade”… yum 😀

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