1tablespoonchili garlic sauce*optional, See Note #3 below
2poundflank steakSee Note #4 below
In a large bowl whisk together marinade ingredients.
Lay flank steak out in a nonreactive shallow dish or roasting pan (See Note #5 below).
Pour marinade over the top of the steak and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Remove from refrigerator and flip steak over. Spoon marinade over the top of the steak making sure it is fully covered in marinade. Place back in refrigerator for another 1 hour.
Remove steak from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for the last hour of marination.
Cooking Instructions (gas grill, cast iron skillet or air fryer)
Gas Grill Instructions- Preheat gas grill to high heat for at least 5 minutes with the lid shut. Just before grilling, carefully oil the grates with a high heat oil. Remove steak from marinade and scrape off excess marinade. Grill 3-5 minutes per side for medium rare beef. Let the steak rest off of heat for at least 5 minutes.
Cast Iron Skillet- Preheat pan over high heat for at least 5 minutes. Add 1-2 tablespoons of high heat oil (enough to cover the bottom of the pan). Remove steak from marinade and scrape off excess marinade. Cook the steak for 6-6 1/2 minutes per side. Let rest for 5 minutes.
Air Fryer Instructions (steak in photos was cooked with an air fryer)- Using the grill function on high heat, preheat air fryer. Remove steak from marinade and scrape off excess marinade. Grill on high for 7-10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the steak) making sure to flip halfway through for medium rare doneness. Let steak rest for 5 minutes. See Note #6 below
Recipe NotesNote #1- Most Asian steak marinades have a higher amount of soy sauce and a lower amount of sesame oil. This recipe is the reverse for lower sodium levels and a higher flavor profile. Note #2- Either white granulated sugar or brown sugar may be used for this recipe. Note #3-Chili Garlic Sauce or Sambal Oelek may be added to bring in a level of spice to the marinade. Note #4- 2 pound flank steak was used for this recipe. For other types of steaks both marination and cooking times will vary see recipe post. Note #5- Nonreactive pans are stainless steel, glass or cookware with an enamel coating.Note #6- There is no need to use the thermometer attachment with flank steak when cooked in the air fryer.Note #7- Regardless of the cooking method, it is important to remove the steak from the marinade and to scrape excess marinade off of the steak. This will help prevent excess smoking.