Now, I don’t eat a lot of meat, but I couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen with Damien to prep for this delicious Asian flank steak! The marinade is heaven, the meat grills up quickly and is melt-in-your-mouth tender! Lay it over a nice bowl of steamed jasmine rice and you’ve got one amazing steak dinner!
Let the meat rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
- 1 ½ pounds flank steak, fat trimmed
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
- 2 red Thai chili peppers, seeded and sliced
- 2 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
- Juice from ½ lime
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- Fresh cilantro to garnish
- Cooked jasmine rice
- Place whole flank steak into a large Ziplock plastic bag. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, chili peppers, sugar, lime, and canola oil. Whisk until blended well. Reserve ¼ cup of the marinade. Pour rest of mixture over the flank steak. Seal the plastic bag, massage marinade into the steak, and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat an outdoor grill or grill pan on high heat. Grill the flank steak on both sides about 8 minutes per side for medium doneness. Remove to a cutting board and let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Heat remaining marinade in a small sauce pot until slightly reduced. Place steak over jasmine rice, pour remaining sauce over steak, and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.
I recently dined at a “to-die-for” Greek restaurant in NYC called, Ethos Gallery. One of my favorite seafood dishes was the “Octapodi Sharas” (grilled octopus) on their small plates menu. Wow! My mouth was full of sheer joy! I think our entire dinner party is still dreaming of grilled octopus! It was tender and juicy and incredibly flavorful, which inspired me to make my own version that I could share with you all. Don’t worry, it seems complex but it’s really not! Where the heck do you buy octopus? I buy mine at Whole Foods, but you can often find octopus at your local seafood market or at select Asian markets. This dish makes an awesome appetizer, but is filling enough for a main. Serve it with a side of Roasted Baby Potatoes with Leeks. Kalí óreksi! – which is Greek for “bon appetit!”
Simmer whole octopus in a large pot for one hour until fork tender.
Dunk octopus into an ice bath to cool and maintain its color.
Grill octopus until nicely charred on both sides. I used my stove-top grill pan!
- 25 whole peppercorns (green or black)
- 1 large lemon, cut in half
- 4-5 fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 head garlic, cut in half length wise
- 1 cup white wine
- 2 bay leaves (fresh or dried)
- 2 pounds fresh, cleaned whole octopus (head removed)
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1 leek, cleaned and chopped (white part only)
- 1 large shallot, chopped
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 sprigs thyme
- Salt & pepper
- 1 large lemon for squeezing
- 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
- In a large pot of salted water, add peppercorns, lemon (squeezed), thyme, garlic, white wine, and bay leaves. Bring water to a boil. Slowly drop in whole octopus, tentacles first to avoid too much curling. Lower to a simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour. Poke tentacles with a fork to check tenderness (should be very tender). When done, drain into colander and put octopus only into a large glass bowl of ice water to cool. Drain again when octopus has cooled. On a cutting board, cut tentacles into off of into individual whole pieces starting from middle of octopus (keeping tentacles intact). Place whole tentacles into a plastic baggie and add 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper to coat. Set aside to marinate, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat a non-stick skillet with one tablespoon of olive oil. Add garlic, leeks, shallots, and red pepper flakes. Cook until translucent. Stir in thyme, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Heat either an outdoor grill or grill pan on high. Remove tentacles from marinade and grill until octopus has vivid char marks, about 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Remove from grill and place on a serving platter. Sprinkle veggie mixture on top of octopus and squeeze with lemon juice. Garnish with chopped parsley. (Can be served warm or at room temperature.) Serve with a side of Roasted Baby Potatoes with Leeks.
Adapted from: NY Times
These colorful roasted baby potatoes go with just about any protein! Aren’t they just adorable? They roast up so easily and taste so very yummy. This version includes leeks (which I love!), shallots, garlic, and fresh thyme. Simple ingredients, but extremely flavorful, especially served along side my grilled octopus. You must try this!
- 2 pounds whole baby potatoes (purple, red and gold)
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 large shallots, chopped
- 2 leeks, washed and chopped into large slices (white part only)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place baby potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add garlic, shallots, leeks, olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper and mix well to coat potatoes. Place potatoes in a single layer on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
- Bake in center rack of oven for 20-25 minutes until fork tender and starting to brown. Sprinkle with fresh parsley when serving.