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London Broil – Are you cooking it wrong?

Everything you need to know to make tender, juicy London broil steak. It’s easy, delicious and cheap!

 

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking London Broil

 

At least once a week I get an email that goes something like this; “My family loves a good steak but it’s out of our budget. When I buy cheaper steak, like London broil, it always turns out tough and chewy. Is there a way to cook London broil and have it turn out tender and juicy?”

 

I’m glad you asked!

 

First, let me say this for the benefit of the “uber foodies”: London broil is a cooking technique, not actually a cut of meat. Now you know, that I know, and now we may proceed.

 

Indeed, often on sale for under $10.00 a pound (the pic below from 2017 can make us feel nostalgic), the cut labeled London Broil is usually a top round steak. You can’t just toss it on the grill like a tender steak because London broil needs a little more love.

 

Everything you need to know to make tender, juicy London broil steak. It’s easy, delicious and cheap!

 

You’ll find this cut is long and lean and chews like shoe leather if not properly prepared. Consequently, if you like your beef well done London broil probably won’t make you happy. However, if you like your steak rare, this is very much worth the effort.

 

BUT! HERE’S THE SECRET: For tenderness, moisture and flavor, you marinate the steak overnight in a marinade that contains salt, sugar and an acid. I’ve found that the easiest marinade is a cup of bottled Italian dressing. That’s it and that’s all.

When you’ve finished marinating, then you’ll let the steak come to room temperature before you cook it. Most importantly, don’t cook it beyond medium rare. Finally, let it rest for 10 minutes then thinly slice cooked steak across the grain so it’s easier to chew. That’s it!

 

Additionally, you can pan fry or broil London broil, the instructions follow below. In either case, just be sure you preheat your pan or oven broiler until very hot to get a good sear.

 

For this amazing recipe below, we’re going to BBQ.

 

London Broil ala Diva

 

What You’ll Need:

For the Marinade:

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger – grated
  • 2 teaspoons garlic – minced
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 (2 to 3 pound) London Broil

Everything you need to know to make tender, juicy London broil steak. It’s easy, delicious and cheap!

 

For Garlic Butter

  • ½ cup butter – softened
  • 1 tablespoon garlic – minced
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Everything you need to know to make tender, juicy London broil steak. It’s easy, delicious and cheap!

 

Here’s How:

  1. To begin, combine marinade ingredients in a zip top bag. Add the meat, pressing out excess air and marinate refrigerated for four hours or preferably overnight.Everything you need to know to make tender, juicy London broil steak. It’s easy, delicious and cheap!
  2. Meanwhile, combine ingredients for garlic butter and refrigerate.
  3. When you’re ready to cook, allow the meat to come to room temperature. Then, drain and discard the marinade.
  4. First, get the grill screaming hot. Next, place your steak on the grill and don’t touch it for 3 minutes. To clarify, you’re after those perfect crosshatch grill marks. Then, turn the steak a quarter turn (don’t flip it over) and grill 3 to 5 minutes more. Repeat on the second side, 12 to 18 minutes total, adjusting for the thickness of your steak.

 

Of course, this will depend on the size and thickness of your steak. You’ll need to use your own judgment but here are approximate times:

  • 1 ½ lbs. – cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side
  • 2 ½ lbs. – cook for  for 5 to 6 minutes per side
  • 3 ½ lbs. – cook for 6 to 7 minutes per side
  • 4 ½ lbs. – cook for 8 to 10 minutes per side

 

Finally, check for doneness using a meat thermometer looking for a temperature of 120° to 130° for rare. Bear in mind, it will rise to 140° as it rests.

 

Remember it’s better to under cook this and have it a bit too rare. Just put it back on the grill for a minute or two rather than to overcook it and ruin it. Once it’s over cooked, there’s no going back.

 

Let it rest 10 minutes before thinly slicing and serve it hot with a pat of garlic butter to melt that buttery goodness on each serving.

 

Bask in your Diva glory.

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TO BROIL

Place oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source and preheat broiler so it’s nice and hot. Place the marinated steak on the broiler pan, then, using the approximate cooking times above, you’ll broil the steak, turning it over half way through the cooking time. Be sure to check the temperature with an instant thermometer, looking for a temperature of 120° to 130° for rare. Lastly, let this rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

 

TO PAN FRY

Using a nice large skillet on medium-high heat, first heat canola or vegetable oil until shimmering, then place the steak in the skillet and DON’T TOUCH IT!

Specifically, leave it alone for at least 3 minutes to get a nice sear. Reference the approximate cooking times above for a guideline, then, you’ll flip the steak half way through cooking time, and again, don’t move it around.

Here’s the reason you don’t want to touch it or move it; at first the meat will stick to the hot pan, therefore, if you move the steak it will tear. As soon as the meat cooks a bit, it will easily release and it’ll get lovely and browned. Also, remember brown equals flavor.

 

Pan Sauce! The cool thing about pan frying is you can make a nice pan sauce from the lovely browned bits and fat left in the pan. It’s quite easy.

  1. After you remove the steak, you can add some finely minced onion (totally optional) adding a bit of oil if necessary, and sauté.
  2. Next, we deglaze the pan. Depending on how much sauce you want to make; add between a half cup to a cup of liquid (wine, broth, stock or a combo) and use a wooden spoon to scrape all the lovely brown bits off the bottom of the pan.
  3. Now, let this come to a simmer and reduce to concentrate the flavor. I like to add a splash of Worcestershire or soy sauce because I don’t know when to quit.
  4. Finally. add a generous tablespoon of butter and stir that into the sauce.
  5. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste and serve this over your sliced steak.

 

Diva Tip: When London Broil is on sale; stock up. Put the marinade and the steak in a zip top bag and pop it in the freezer. The steak will marinate while it defrosts.

 

For more tips on stocking up – Taking Stock of Stocking Up

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Love your leftovers!

Often, to get the sale price on London broil you usually have to buy a max pack, meaning you get two large cuts of meat. You can choose to make one now and freeze the second for later. Alternately, you can cook them both and use the second piece as planned leftovers.

Here are some great ideas:

Steak Salad

Namely, you thinly slice the steak and serve over a big green salad. You have the choice to warm the steak or serve it cold as either is delicious. Adding Bleu cheese dressing makes me think of the salads served in very good steak houses.

Steak and Pommes Frites

Let’s pretend you’re at a bistro in Paris as you serve your gently re-warmed sliced steak with a mound of pommes frites or French fries. Here’s a short cut –  you can toss frozen shoestring French fries with olive oil, or spray with cooking spray. Afterward, you bake until very crisp, adding a dusting of course kosher salt so they resemble the lovechild of a French fry and a potato chip.

French Dip 

The experience of dipping these gorgeous beefy sandwiches in onion soup is the epitome of comfort food. First, to make your soup, use a short cut by heating one can of condensed French onion soup with one can of beef broth and one can of water on the stove top. If you need more quantity add more beef broth because that onion soup is potent. Slice your steak as thinly as humanly possible and quickly re-warm in barely simmering soup. You don’t want to cook it, just warm it. Place your drippy sliced steak on French rolls or soft sandwich rolls. Serve the sandwich with a bowl of soup for dipping and slurping. This, my friends, is a match made in heaven!

Shortcut Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry 

We begin by using your preferred method of making rice, estimating one finished cup rice, per serving. Next, defrost one bag frozen broccoli and one bag stir fry veggies in the microwave. Meanwhile, heat a skillet on medium-high and sauté one small, thinly sliced onion until soft, then add the defrosted veggies and heat through. After those wonderful veggies are hot, add your favorite teriyaki sauce to the skillet, stirring to coat the veggies. Finally, you’ll slice the leftover steak into thin strips and add the beef to the skillet along with about ¼ cup of water and cover the skillet.  This serves to gently steam the beef, rather than sauté to reheat. Serve the beef and veggies over rice.

 

Everything you need to know to make tender, juicy London broil steak. It’s easy, delicious and cheap!

 

Everything you need to know to make tender, juicy London broil steak. It’s easy, delicious and cheap!

LONDON BROIL ALA DIVA

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The best recipe to make tender, juicy London broil steak. It’s easy, delicious and cheap!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Marinate the steak minimum 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 33 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine BBQ

Equipment

  • Barbeque

Ingredients
  

For the Marinade

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive or vegetable oil
  • tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • ½ cup hot water

The steak

  • 1 (2 to 3 pound) London Broil

For Garlic Butter

  • ½ cup  butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Instructions
 

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a zip top bag. Add the meat, pressing out excess air. Marinate refrigerated four hours or preferably overnight.
  • Combine ingredients for garlic butter and refrigerate.
  • Allow the meat to to set out for about an hour to warm to room temperature. Drain and discard the marinade.
  • Get the grill screaming hot. Place your steak on the grill and don’t touch it for 3 minutes.
  • Turn the steak a quarter turn (don’t flip it over) and grill 3 to 5 minutes more. You’re after those perfect crosshatch grill marks.
  • Repeat on the second side, 12 to 18 minutes total, adjusting for the thickness of your steak.
  • Let it rest 10 minutes before thinly slicing. Serve it hot with a pat of garlic butter to melt that buttery goodness on each serving.
    Everything you need to know to make tender, juicy London broil steak. It’s easy, delicious and cheap!

Notes

Remember it’s better to under cook this and have it a bit too rare. Just put it back on the grill for a minute or two rather than to overcook it and ruin it. Once it’s over cooked, there’s no going back.
Keyword Beef, Father's Day, Frugal, How To, Labor Day, Low Carb
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  • I was afraid I would not accomplish a good ending so I made a substitute just in case. I followed your instructions for pan fried. Everyone liked. It. I put the second meal back in the freezer. Thank you.y

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