While this dish may appear to be inspired by Italian or Spanish influences (which it is), it's also a take on one of my favorite Chinese dishes: spicy orange beef. I love to grill flank steak with a highly-flavored rub of garlic, fennel, salt and black pepper.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins
2 hrs 10 mins
2 hrs 40 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Grind black pepper and fennel seed together in a mortar with a pestle. Pour half the pepper mixture into a small bowl and stir in salt.

  • Stir remaining pepper mixture, garlic, rosemary, 2 tablespoons olive oil, orange juice, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl.

  • Rub rosemary mixture over both sides of flank steak, poking mixture into steak several times with a fork. Transfer steak to a resealable plastic bag and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Remove steak from marinade; scrape off and discard any excess marinade.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  • Sprinkle reserved pepper-fennel mixture over steak. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over orange halves.

  • Cook steak on the preheated grill until it begins to firm and is reddish-pink and juicy in the center, about 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 130 degrees F (54 degrees C). Remove to a plate to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing across the grain.

  • Place oranges, flesh-side down, on the grill and cook until flesh is golden and caramelized, 3 to 5 minutes. Place steak and 3 orange halves on a serving platter. Squeeze remaining caramelized orange half over the steak.


The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

319 calories; protein 28.3g 57% DV; carbohydrates 6.1g 2% DV; fat 19.8g 30% DV; cholesterol 50.6mg 17% DV; sodium 1219mg 49% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 2 stars
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Rating: 5 stars
I made this dish for dinner last night and it was a big hit. It was very easy to make. I ended up making 2 flank steaks (they only had double packages) and doubled the amount of marinade and rub. Due to how late I had to work the meat marinated overnight instead of 2 hours. It was extremely flavorful and amazing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this for company; received rave reviews and requests for the recipe. I did double the ground pepper in the rub but left the salt as per the recipe. Next time I would reduce the salt as I found this a bit salty for my tastes; my guests had mixed opinions on that account - so I guess it depends on personal taste. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 2 stars
my hubby didn't like this. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this last night for my husband and son. I followed the recipe as written and we had quite the feast! The meat was so tender and had a wonderful taste. The fennel was perfect without being overwhelming. I liked it so much that I plan to make it again for a party I'm having. Read More