Balsamic Pomegranate Flank Steak

A simple sauce and a balsamic marinade transform this pomegranate flank steak into a flavorful and festive dinner.

If it weren’t for rare steaks, I could probably be a vegetarian. I could easily never eat chicken again and not care, pork would be a little harder but doable and I never even liked fish until I was about 15 any way so giving that up would be no big deal.

Just not steak.

Balsamic Pomegranate Cranberry Flank Steak

I mean look at that! It’s sitting there all pink and pretty speaking to my inner carnivore.

We ate flank steak about once a week growing up and I remember getting seriously bored with it thinking “not again!” when I’d see it sitting in marinade in the fridge. Then I grew up, started paying for my own groceries and somehow flank steak all but vanished from my meals. Is it just me or is this piece of steak not cheap?!

Maybe part of the problem is finding one that’s not 3+ pounds, but I’m always floored when I see the price of flank steak because in my head if we ate it so frequently growing up, it should be one of the cheaper cuts.

A sale on meat and a pomegranate later, however, it’s back on my table.

Balsamic pomegranate flank steak

There’s no hard part about this pomegranate flank steak, just some foresight to let it marinate as long as possible. Well that and to NOT overcook it. Please don’t do that. Not even a little. A beautiful flank steak can be turned into chewy leather with too much cooking and that’s just a waste.

If you’re not down with roasts for the holidays, this would be a great festive alternative.

Serves 4     adjust servings

Balsamic Pomegranate Flank Steak

Preparation 2 hr, 10 Prep Time
Cook Time 15 min Cook Time
Total Time 15 mins Total Time

A simple sauce and a balsamic marinade transform this pomegranate flank steak into a flavorful and festive dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • arils from 1 pomegranate
  • 3/4 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary

Instructions

  1. Season both sides of the flank steak liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar and balsamic in a small bowl.
  3. Place flank steak in baking dish, prick both sides of the steak with the tines of a fork, pour the marinade over top and flip the steak a few times to coat.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours up to overnight.
  5. Remove steak from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before cooking.
  6. Let the excess marinade drip off the steak and reserve the juices.
  7. Preheat oven to high broil and position rack in upper third of the oven.
  8. Place the steak on a broiler pan and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side for medium-rare, or longer depending on your preference.
  9. Remove the steak from the oven, cover with tin foil and let rest.
  10. Meanwhile, combine the cranberries, rosemary and remaining marinade in a small sauce pot.
  11. Cook over medium heat until cooked down and cranberries have popped.
  12. When there's just a touch of liquid left, add the pomegranate arils, stir to combine and remove from heat.
  13. Slice the steak against the grain and pour the sauce over top.

 

13 Comments

  1. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    Someone told me that flanks used to be inexpensive, but then when they got popular in the last dozen years the price went up. Too bad, since it is so darned good. I love the way you used the cranberries and pomegranate to make the sauce. And to know how to broil a flank. I honestly have never tried since I am afraid to overcook it. Pinned.

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  2. Carrie

    YES. I think I just found what I’m making for Christmas. I am like you, I could be a vegetarian, and am most of the time… but steak I can not live without…. or bacon. I need bacon too.

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