An easy main course that’s sure to impress, this Five Spice Teriyaki Flank Steak is made with just three ingredients. So simple but so flavorful, and with minimal mess. The perfect steak for any occasion!
Right now….right this very minute…I’m babysitting a real live baby. Like a newbie human that’s not quite 5 months old (I think.) He’s my neighbor and he’s pretty cool….but when I got here, he was not a happy little guy. And I flashed back about 5 years to when I had my own little newbie human to deal with every single day. Every day. Every night. Your job as a mom is to basically make sure this little person is fed, dry and well napped all while trying to make sure you’re fed, dry and well napped. It’s quite the challenge…and one that I had completely forgotten how hard it was. Because, right now, my tiny human is the boss of me. So, I have that challenge on my hands. So…to all you new moms out there, it gets easier….you forget the horror that can be a tiny crying baby that you just can’t console…you’ll only remember all the sweet little kisses and cuddles…and you’ll be dealing with some other horror down the road like a toddler tantrum in the middle of Target on a Saturday afternoon….which you will also forget about. Time passes so quickly that your brain knows what is really important and that’s what tends to stick around in your memories.
And dinner when you have a newbie human to take care of….yeah, the challenge that is dinner sometimes just doesn’t happen. I remember losing my baby weight so quickly because I never, ever ate. Like ever. I couldn’t wait to go back to work so I could sit and savor a sandwich. Or a steak. Or a cracker. I just wanted to eat something that I didn’t have to scarf down so fast I didn’t even get a chance to taste it. And I became a kitchen wizard at crafting a few recipes that were simple and only required a handful of ingredients like this Five Spice Teriyaki Flank Steak.
It’s so simple to make….you only need three ingredients: Flank Steak, Teriyaki Sauce and Five Spice Blend. That’s it. If you’re not familiar with Chinese Five Spice Blend, it’s a combination of five spices, extensively used in Chinese cuisine, brings warm, spicy-sweet flavors to stir-fries and roasted meats. It’s perfect for flavoring your favorite recipes with a unique asian flair. I like to use the McCormick Chinese 5 Spice Blend because it has the perfect flavor.
Basically, I just coated the whole steak with the 5 Spice Blend and let it chill out all day long in the fridge. This allows the flavor to really get into the meat. And it saves you a step at dinner time. Then, after work…or a long day of keeping the baby fed, dry and well napped….toss the steak on the grill and slather with teriyaki sauce. I use my own recipe for this step but if you’re short on time, a bottled variety from the store will work equally well. I love my homemade version because you can make a big batch then whip up things like these simple grilled chicken sandwiches or these easy kabobs. The flank steak only takes about 5-7 minutes for medium-rare which is how I like it. Cook a bit longer for medium…or even better, a minute less for rare. Cut across the grain so the steak is melt in your mouth tender.
Serve your Five Spice Teriyaki Flank Steak with a heaping pile of this easy Asian Cole Slaw or, better yet, a side of super simple Dan Dan Noodles. This steak is equally impressive for entertaining and you could have an entire asian style dinner with these easy Spicy Tuna Sundaes as a fun starter! Either way, you won’t be spending your whole evening in the kitchen. How’s that for simplicity?
Five Spice Teriyaki Flank Steak
- Whisk the Five Spice Blend and salt together to combine.
- Rub the Five Spice Blend over the flank steak covering both sides.
- Place on a platter, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 8 hours.
- Preheat the grill.
- Brush both sides of the flank steak with teriyaki sauce.
- Grill the flank steak for 4-5 minutes over high heat. Flip the steak over and brush with more teriyaki sauce.
- Grill for an additional 5 minutes for medium rare or until desired degree of doneness.
- Transfer to a platter, cover and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Slice across the grain and serve immediately