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Grilled Flank Steak with Kumquat and Red Onion Salad

For a crisp, caramelized crust, leave the Kumquat, Green Peppercorn and Garlic Paste on the steak during grilling. If you prefer the steak itself to be charred, scrape off the paste before grilling.

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  • Servings: 6

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  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • Kumquat, Green Peppercorn and Garlic Paste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large bunch arugula (6 ounces), large stems discarded
  • 1 cup fresh kumquats, thinly sliced and seeded (5 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion (1/2 small onion)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves


  1. Set the flank steak in a large, shallow glass or ceramic baking dish. Add the Kumquat, Green Peppercorn and Garlic Paste and rub it all over both sides of the flank steak. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate the steak for at least 2 hours or overnight. Let the flank steak return to room temperature before grilling.
  2. Light a grill or preheat the broiler and position the shelf 8 inches from the heat. Scrape the paste off the steak, if desired, then grill or broil it, turning once, until browned, about 12 minutes for medium rare. If the steak is cooked with the paste on, some of it may fall off when the steak is turned. Let the flank steak rest for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil with the orange juice. Season with salt and pepper and then whisk until the salt dissolves. Add the arugula, kumquats and red onion and toss well, then transfer the salad to dinner plates.
  4. Using a sharp knife, thinly slice the flank steak on the diagonal across the grain. Arrange the slices on the salads. Garnish the plates with the cilantro leaves and serve the steak immediately.

Make Ahead

The cooked steak can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Suggested Pairing

Despite the sweet, citrusy paste and the tart kumquat salad, the beef is what counts here, and that means red wine. Stick with a powerful Australian Shiraz.

Contributed By Published February 2000

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