Flank Steak and Fruit Salsa

My sister gave me the recipe for this marinated flank steak and fruit salsa a long time ago.  It’s still one of my favorite recipes.  I had some delicious mangos from Melissa’s and thought this would be great camping food.  So I marinaded the flank steak and made the fruit salsa, and packed it in my food saver bags for easy storage in our ice chest.

Camp Fire

There is nothing like cooking over an open wood fire.  I love the wonderful smokey flavor it adds.

Blazing Fire

The fire pit was the centerpiece of our “living room” while camping.  We love Casper’s which is just off of Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano.  It’s full of Oak and Sycamore trees, and surrounded by sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains.  It’s a great place to go camping.

Marinated Flank Steak

  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak (this is amazing with chicken as well)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons chile sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tobasco)
  • orange slices
  • cilantro sprigs

Fruit Salsa

  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup diced papaya or mango
  • 1/2 cup diced green apple
  • 1/4 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/r cup diced green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

For the flank steak:  Combine the flank steak and the rest of the marinade ingredients in a sealed bag or baking dish and marinate overnight.  Bring to room temperature just before grilling.  Grill to medium-rare.  Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing thin across the grain.

For the fruit salsa: Combine the fruit, rice vinegar, cilantro and sugar.  Refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours before serving.  I prepared mine a day in advance and packed in my food saver bag for the ice chest.

Serve the flank steak topped with the fruit salsa.  It’s delicious at room temperature too, so pack it up for a picnic!

Flank Steak on the fire

Yummy smokey love is happening right here.

Thom the Grill Master

Grill Master Thom kept the fire going and grilled all of our meals.  Thank you, Thom!  You are a rock star.

Flank Steak, sliced thin

Slice it thin.

Flank Steak for Breakfast

We had leftovers…steak and eggs for breakfast!

Sticky buns!

With a few more sticky buns of course!

I love the smokey wood fire taste, but don’t want to have to wait for a camping trip to enjoy it.  I can use my pizza oven for a nice juicy wood fire kissed steak, but I want to cook directly over the wood fire.  So…I have a project for you, Dad and Sunshine.

Castello di Spaltenna grill

This wood fired grill is at Castella di Spaltenna in Gaiole.  We were there last year to cheer on Paul as he rode his bike at L’Eroica, a grueling 130 mile bike ride on the strada bianca – the white gravel wash board roads through the Tuscan hills.

Wood fired grill at Castello di Spaltenna

I think I need this in my back yard, right next to the pizza oven please.

exposed fire bricks

I’ll help you build it.  When do you think it will be finished?