Papaya Marinated Flank Steak

9 09 2011

Flank steak, like skirt steak can be a tricky piece of meat to work with on the grill. Cooked wrong it can get very tough, very quickly. Here we marinated the steak overnight in spice and papaya which tenderized the meat nicely. A quick sear on the grill and the  juicy, tender and very flavorful beef was served with grilled corn with cilantro lime butter and a coconut curry jicama and beet slaw. Amazing!

Papaya Marinade

  • 1 Papaya, peeled and seeds removed , rough chop
  • ½ bunch cilantro, stems removed
  • 1 onion, rough chop
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ Tbs Chili powder
  • 1 chili pepper, split lengthwise and seeds left in
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup dark rum
  • ½ tsp fresh grated ginger

Combine all ingredients into a large Ziploc bag. Add the meat and marinate at least four hours, preferably overnight.




2 responses

9 09 2011

When we were living in Hawaii, my mom used Papaya many times with tougher cuts of meat. She called it “nature’s tenderizer.” When we came to Florida, a Papaya tree was the first thing she planted.

9 09 2011
What's Cooking with Dr. Mike: The Grassroots Gourmet™

Absolutely, the main enzymes are papain and bromelain which are present even in unripe fruit.

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