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Pepper Steak Marinade with Garlic and Lemon

The pepper in this pepper steak marinade is joined by lemon, garlic, onion, soy sauce and more for a tasty sauce with a wonderfully tangy accent. Pepper steak is a favorite for many people and pepper works nicely in many of our easy steak marinades. Before you cook your steak, you can roll it in crushed peppercorns so the outside is encrusted. This is optional but it does give a nice result, both in terms of appearance and flavor.

You can use any kind of meat tenderizer in this recipe, or even papaya powder if you have it, a natural meat tenderizer which will also impart a subtle tropical flavor to the steak. Not every marinade requires a tenderizer although if you are working with tough steaks it is usually a good idea to add an acidic ingredient to the recipe.

The other ingredients in this steak marinade all help to add plenty of flavor to the steak and tenderize it. This steak marinade recipe makes a versatile meal and you can serve the steak over rice, with garlic mashed potatoes or with French fries for an indulgent tasting dinner which is actually very healthy because this marinade is low in fat and you are using lean meat too.

Tangy Pepper Steak Marinade
Summary: Garlic and lemon are typical ingredients in steak marinade recipes. In this marinade there is also soy sauce, green onions and soy sauce, for a bold and well-rounded taste.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Marinade
Serves: 3
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 1 ½ lbs lean flank steak
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoons dried onion
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ cup salad oil
  • 2 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • Meat tenderizer
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  1. Trim any fat from the steak and pierce it with a fork.
  2. Sprinkle meat tenderizer over it.
  3. Combine all the other ingredients to make the marinade and marinate the steak for 2 hours.
  4. Drain the marinade from the steak and broil it 3 or 4 inches from the heat.
  5. Rare will take 3 minutes per side.
  6. Slice it diagonally across the grain.

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This juicy pepper steak is served simply, with just a few pickles on the side, and it is cooked to medium-rare because that keeps it succulent. Flank steak is not an expensive piece of meat but it is underrated because you really can do so much with it, giving it any flavor you like by trying out different marinade recipes, and you can serve it with various side dishes, perhaps fries and coleslaw for an informal weeknight dinner or with grilled vegetables and rice for a more elaborate affair. This simple recipe is suitable for even cooking novices because there is nothing complicated you have to do.


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