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Flank steak slices

Authentic Carne Asada Recipe

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WW Freestyle: 6
Prep Time2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time3 hrs
This tender Carne Asada recipe is flavorful and proof that sometimes all you need is a few simple ingredients to make a delicious meal!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 268


  • 3/4 cup Orange juice (no pulp)
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons White wine vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pound Flank steak


  • In a large mixing bowl combine orange juice, olive oil, cilantro, lime juice, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, cumin, salt and pepper, jalapeno, and garlic; whisk until well combined.
  • Reserve ⅓ cup of the marinade; cover the rest and refrigerate.
  • Combine remaining marinade and steak in a large resealable freezer bag; seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Preheat grill to HIGH heat.
  • Remove steak from marinade and lightly pat dry with paper towels.
  • Add steak to the preheated grill and cook for another 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until desired doneness. Note that flank steak tastes best when cooked to rare or medium rare because it's a lean cut of steak.
  • Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes. Thinly slice steak against the grain, garnish with reserved cilantro mixture, and serve.

Stovetop Method

  • Heat a large cast iron skillet (preferably cast iron grill pan) over high heat until hot. Add steak to the skillet and cook for 6 to 7 minutes per side, or until desired level of doneness.

Guide for Steak Doneness:

  • 125°F to 130°F internal temperature for RARE
  • 135°F to 140°F internal temperature for MEDIUM RARE
  • 145°F to 150°F internal temperature for MEDIUM to MEDIUM WELL
  • 150°F internal temperature for WELL DONE
  • The FDA recommends that steak be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F.


NET CARBS: 7 grams
Nutrition Facts
Authentic Carne Asada Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 257mg11%
Potassium 510mg15%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 143IU3%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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