Friday, July 15, 2011

Lime Cilantro Marinade

Last Saturday, the husband hosted a small get-together for his buddy who's getting married tomorrow. All the boys came to our place to toss bean bags, eat good food, and drink some beers. The bachelor requested one thing...beef. With some sort of marinade. Preferably including lime and cilantro.

The husband really wanted to marinade the meat for a full 24-hours, so on Friday night we headed on a romantic date to Costco. We picked up flank steak, the biggest bag of limes I've ever seen, and a couple pieces of pizza at the food court. You can't cook on an empty stomach, right?

Back at home, the husband whipped up a gorgeous marinade. I might have weighed in with a few suggestions, but he gets all the credit for this one.

Since I made sure I was far, far away from the house before the bachelor party got into full swing, I don't have a picture of the finished, grilled steak to share with you. But you can take the husband's word that it was absolutely delicious. He grilled it over medium-high heat for a few minutes on each side until the center was medium-rare. Try it yourself, and let me know what you think!

Lime Cilantro Marinade
From: The genius mind of my husband
This will make enough to marinade about three pounds of flank steak, so feel free to scale it back.

Juice from 5 limes
6 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 shallot, peeled and chopped
2/3 cup chopped cilantro (one large bunch)
1/2 cup canola oil
Salt and pepper

Whisk together all ingredients in a large dish or gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Add meat and turn to coat. Marinade up to 24 hours, turning the meat occasionally to ensure it remains coated.


  1. Great, it is nice that everybody cooks:)
    Well done:)
    Next time when you make this, salsa would be great addition to the meat....have a nice day:)

  2. Looks very similar to what we call Carne Asada, which is fabulous! If only I could eat Cilantro... lol!

  3. Beef and men go hand in hand. But beef marinated like this will go hand in hand with me as well.

  4. Sounds like the perfect bachelor party meal! The hubs will have to make it for you sometime =)

  5. Looks delicious -- and I recently read that citrus can help to block the carcinogens associated with grilling!

  6. I LOVE cilantro and this looks amazing!! :)

  7. Great flavours for a flank steak! Loos fabulous!

  8. I can see why the guys would want this- sounds yum! Guys seem to love cilantro- I know myhusband does, and flank steak is my beef of choice- inexpensive and tender when prepared correctly!

  9. Yum, sounds delicious, I bet these would make great fajitas