Flank Steaks with Shallot-Red Wine Sauce


A buttery red wine-and-shallot sauce with a touch of sweetness from balsamic vinegar turns a simple, juicy flank steak into a special meal. Slideshow:  More Steak Recipes 

Flank Steaks with Shallot-Red Wine Sauce
Photo: © Oddur Thorisson
Total Time:
30 mins


  • Two 12-ounce flank steaks, about 3/4 inch thick

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 large shallots, thinly sliced

  • 3/4 cup dry red wine

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. Season the steaks generously with salt and pepper. In a large cast-iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the steaks and cook over high heat, turning once, until medium-rare, 6 minutes total. Transfer to a carving board and let rest for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in the olive oil. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Add the red wine, vinegar and sugar and simmer until reduced by half, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.

  3. Slice the steaks across the grain and serve with the sauce.

Suggested Pairing

Pair this dish with a lively Brouilly from Beaujolais, which matches the steak in juiciness and has enough acidity to cut through the fat.

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