“Lightning” Flank Steak

Jul 16, 2012 by

Flank steak is a consistent favorite in the du Pont household because it takes about 2 minutes to throw some olive oil, soy sauce, salt and pepper on it and another 8-10 minutes to grill.  I am partial to a particular soy sauce that we find in a Japanese market on 48th street between Lexington and 3rd.  I have no idea what it is called because it is written in Japanese…But here is what it looks like.

I do think it takes the flank steak to the next level.  But the grill master du Pont (not me, my husband) still can please our guests if the super market variety is all we got.

However, tonight he overcooked the steak by about 4-5 minutes and so had to slice it immediately instead of letting it rest (not recommended).  But it was still medium and juicy and all is forgiven.

Particularly because he did get zapped by lightening from a very insane storm that passed through Darien about 20 minutes before he lit the grill.  Basically, daddy failed to listen to his own advice of “don’t go outside in a lightening storm.” While filming the storm and standing barefoot on a damp stoop just outside the front door of our home, lightening struck nearby.  The electricity surged through the water and up his calves, throwing him back into the doorway of our house (Seriously, we have the video to prove it).  My daughter and I watched in awe as this 6′ 3″ bald man came ambling like a drunken sailor into the family room, dazed, proclaiming dramatically, “it got me” before lying down on the couch. Thankfully, it was a shock, but he recovered and was grilling 20 minutes later, although clearly was not performing at his normal top notch level.  Today (thank god!), he is back to his old jolly self.


"Lightening" Flank Steak
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 3-4
This "lightening" flank steak is marinated in oil, soy sauce, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper and grilled to perfection.
  • 1 Flank steak (approximately 1.2 lbs)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cilantro, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  1. Combine steak with marinade of olive oil, soy sauce, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Let marinate for a 2-4 hours.
  3. Grill for 8-10 minutes (4 to 5 minutes a side) for medium rare.  Let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Slice with a very sharp knife and serve.

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  1. The lightning strike was really scary. I thought if you got hit you needed to be seen by a doctor right away. Definitely scary.

    Anyone who can get hit by lightning and then cook steak like this needs to live next door to me. 🙂

  2. Scary, but entertaining! I too once got a “distant shock” just from standing in the window when our apt. building was hit. It was exactly how they depict it in cartoons where you freeze in mid-step and your skeleton shows for a second and then you keep going. No one was there to see my skeleton, but I can vouch for the rest. I didn’t see a doctor either (but your hubby’s hit may have been more direct. I will try this steak without the ligthening part!!


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