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Brazilian Grilled Flank Steak

Brazilian Grilled Flank Steak
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Barbecued meats (churrasco) are served in churrascarias, Brazilian barbecued-meat restaurants, with a salsa-like sauce as an accompaniment. Since hearts of palm show up at every salad bar in these restaurants, we’ve added them to the sauce to give it a tasty twist.

Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes
  • 6 cloves
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small
    hot pepper, such as jalapeño or serrano, minced
  • 2 teaspoons
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon
    kosher salt
  • 2 pounds
    flank steak
  • 1 14-ounce can
    hearts of palm, drained, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup
    chopped red onion
  • 1/2 
    small hot chile, such as jalapeño or serrano, minced
  • 1/4 cup
    chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons
    red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon
    kosher salt
  1. Preheat grill to high (see Broiling Variation).
  2. To prepare steak: Combine garlic, hot pepper, oil and salt in a small bowl. Rub the mixture on both sides of steak.
  3. To prepare salsa: Combine hearts of palm, tomatoes, onion, hot pepper, cilantro, vinegar and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Reduce grill heat to medium and grill the steak 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut the steak across the grain into thin pieces. Serve with the salsa.



Broiling variation: Instead of grilling, in Step 1 position oven rack 6 inches from the heat source and preheat broiler. In Step 4, cook steak on a broiler pan under the broiler until medium-rare, turning once, about 10 minutes total.

Nutritional Information

Makes: 8 servings
  • Calories217
  • Fat8 g
    • Saturated fat3 g
  • Cholesterol37 mg
  • Carbohydrates7 g
    • Dietary fiber2 g
  • Protein28 g
  • Sodium341 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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