I'll do a proper pastrami one of these days. Maybe right after I get a smoker. But in the meantime, this pastrami-spiced beef flank steak should do nicely. You can't get the texture and color of a real pastrami without the curing step, where the meat is soaked in a brine, before being spiced/smoked, but you can get pretty close to the flavor, using the spice rub.

Chef John
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine ground black pepper, coriander, kosher salt, paprika, and dry mustard in a bowl for the rub.

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  • Drizzle vegetable oil on flank steak and rub onto both sides. Use a fork to poke holes over each surface to help flavors absorb more deeply into the meat. Apply half of the spice mixture to each side and spread evenly over the surface. Wrap in butcher paper and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. Allow steak to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before grilling.

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

  • Grill steak to medium doneness or until internal temperature reaches 135 degrees F (57 degrees C), about 8 minutes per side. Remove meat from grill and allow it to rest at least 5 minutes or up to 15 minutes to allow juices to redistribute and temperature to rise to about 140 degrees F (60 degrees C). Slice thinly against the grain.

Nutrition Facts

182 calories; 9.6 g total fat; 37 mg cholesterol; 1480 mg sodium. 2.3 g carbohydrates; 20.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2018
This was fantastic! Juicy and delicious all the spices perfectly complimented the beef. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/01/2017
It was just ok not even close to pastrami. Read More
4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2018
This was fantastic! Juicy and delicious all the spices perfectly complimented the beef. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2018
This was fantastic! Juicy and delicious all the spices perfectly complimented the beef. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/01/2017
It was just ok not even close to pastrami. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2017
Yum! This made a delicious sandwich on rye with Swiss and baby arugula. I substituted the kosher salt with Applewood smoked sea salt. Read More