Braised Flank Steak with Lemon and Garlic


This is one of my mother's best recipes from my childhood. Flank steak was cheap back then, so feel free to substitute chuck steak or flap meat. The ingredients are simple but very flavorful. It's excellent with buttered noodles or white beans, and a green vegetable such as broccoli or asparagus.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
3 servings


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) beef flank steak

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 1 (13.75 ounce) can chicken broth

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 whole cloves


  1. Mix the flour and garlic powder together in a shallow dish. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip the steak in the flour mixture evenly coating both sides. Set aside. Discard remaining flour mixture.

  2. Heat the cooking oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place the steak in the skillet and cook until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes for each side. Stir in the chicken broth, lemon juice, garlic, and cloves. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low. Cover, and simmer until steak is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.

  3. To serve, remove steak from the skillet, and slice across the grain in thin strips. Place on serving plates, and ladle sauce over meat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

732 Calories
43g Fat
18g Carbs
64g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 732
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 54%
Saturated Fat 17g 83%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 794mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 64g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 9mg 48%
Potassium 806mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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