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Garlic Fennel Flank Steak with Oranges

Rated as 4.4 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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2 h 40 m servings 319
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. Stir remaining pepper mixture, garlic, rosemary, 2 tablespoons olive oil, orange juice, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  5. Sprinkle reserved pepper-fennel mixture over steak. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over orange halves.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.


  • Nutrition:
  • 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

Per Serving: 319 calories; 19.8 6.1 28.3 51 1219 Full nutrition

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This was excellent.

my hubby didn't like this.

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...

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...

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 r...