With the price of beef steadily rising, it’s easy to consider skipping steak meals completely. This is not necessary, however, because cuts like the London broil are less expensive than other steaks and can also produce exquisite results when cooked properly. When broiled in the oven (as you probably guessed from the name), London broil steaks are really delicious and tender, and you should definitely try cooking them at home when you can.
If you’re looking for the best way to get maximum satisfaction from a London broil recipe, then you should check out all the tips and guidelines outlined in this article. Also, pay close attention to the timing guidelines to get the best out of your cooking.
Tips for Cooking a Tender London Broil
Pay attention to the useful tips and guidelines we’ve outlined below: they’ll help you achieve desirable results when cooking London broil recipes:
Marinate properly – To tenderize the beef, a good marinade for London broil steaks comprises both oil and an acidic element (such as lemon juice). Also, make sure not to marinade for too long. For the finest flavor and texture, marinate the steak for about 2 to 12 hours. If you cook your meat for more than 12 hours, it will get mushy.
Ideal internal temperature – London broil steaks should ideally be served at a medium-rare to barely medium doneness degree (the temperature of the steaks should be around 130 to 135 degrees at this point). Cooking the steaks for an extended period of time causes them to become dry and hard. To ensure optimal cooking temperature, use a meat thermometer to verify their internal temperature.
If cooking on the grill – If cooking your steaks on a grill, follow these easy steps:
- Heat up your grill to 450 degrees Fahrenheit if you choose to cook your London broil outside.
- Sear each side of the steaks for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit, or medium-rare.
- Don’t forget to cover the steaks with an aluminum foil tent and set them aside for about 10 minutes.
If cooking on the stovetop – You can cook a steak less than 1 inch thick on the stovetop for about 3 minutes per side, until it’s browned. Afterward, tent with foil, and leave it in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes to complete cooking on the residual heat. It’s recommended to continue cooking thicker steaks in the oven after you’ve browned them.
Depending on the steak’s thickness, it will require another 2 to 8 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees F. Cast-iron skillets are ideal for stove-top cooking of London broil. This is because they heat evenly, resulting in a lovely sear, and can be transferred directly to the oven if necessary.
Working with leftovers – Follow these simple storing and reheating procedures if you have any leftover London broil steak.
- To Preserve: Before sealing the steak, cover it firmly in plastic wrap or put it in a food storage bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. The flank steak can be stored in the refrigerator this way for up to three days.
- To Reheat: Allow your steak to come to room temperature on the counter for 15 to 20 minutes before you reheat it. It will only require a small amount of heating to reach the desired temperature. When there’s less heat, there’s less of a chance for your steak to dry out. The steak should then be placed in a covered skillet above low heat and cooked until it reaches the desired temperature.
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Cooking Time for a Tender London Broil
The timing guidelines in the table below are ideal for cooking a tender London broil:
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|Cooking a London broil in the oven (broiling)||9 to 10 minutes in the broiler on HIGH|
For the London Broil Steak
- 2 pounds of flank steak
For the Marinade
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- ¼ cup of low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon of dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon of ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
- Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
- Set aside the steak in a gallon-sized zip lock bag.
- Combine the following ingredients: olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, brown sugar, paprika, thyme, oregano, coriander, pepper and salt. Do the mixing in a small mixing bowl. Add less salt if you’re not using low-sodium soy sauce; you can also add more later if you want.
- In a zip lock bag, pour the marinade well over the steak, seal the bag, and knead the marinade properly into the meat. Allow the steak to marinate for 1 hour, or chill it in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours.
- Remove the steak from the refrigerator 20 minutes ahead of when you plan to cook it.
- Preheat the oven to a BROIL setting. If your broiler has HIGH and LOW settings, choose HIGH.
- Preheat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over a high-temperature level until it gets really hot.
- Take the steak out of the marinade, shake off whatever excess marinade bits are on the steak, then place it in a heated skillet to sizzle. Cook the steak for 2 minutes, then flip it and cook for another minute, or until it is lightly browned.
- Broil the steak for 5 minutes in the oven afterward, then rotate the meat and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 125°F to 130°F. If you cook it any longer, the steak will become tough and chewy. Check for doneness with a quick read meat thermometer.
- Remove the steak from the skillet in the oven and place it on a cutting board to rest for 8 to 10 minutes before you cut into the steaks.
- Garnish with parsley after slicing thinly.
- Serve and enjoy your delicious steak.
When you try this recipe, it’ll probably be your new favorite for the next couple of weeks, and this is thanks to the delicious quality of steaks you’ll get. Make sure to cook for the right amount of time to avoid overcooking your steaks to a dry quality.
If you’d like to see more ideas or inspiration for cooking a tender London broil, then check out this video recipe we have suggested for you.