Grilled Cumin Flank Steak with Tomato Lime Salsa

There are times in my life when I feel a little more grown up…which is strange because I think you’re considered a grown up once you’re supporting yourself. So in that way, I’ve been an adult for awhile. But for me, I always feel a bit more adult like when I want to do home improvements. We’re renting right now, so I can’t go to crazy but there is an area of my place that needs some TLC. Our patio.

Grilled Flank Steak with Tomato Lime Salsa. #grilling #recipes From The Tasty Fork

One Sunday, I went to Home Depot (grown up store!), World Market and H0meGoods to get some inspiration. I was on a patio mission. I didn’t even give much of a glance to kitchen stuff at World Market or HomeGoods, which is HUGE for me. I could easily loose hours of my life going through entertaining and dining stuff.

Trust me, I did wander for hours but I felt like I was getting someplace. I decided there are 3 areas I can improve our patio. We have a cast iron gate door which is rusting. It’s a total eye sore, so I want to remove the rust and paint it. Right out front of  the back door, we have a small space which would be a cute seating area. We have two cast iron chairs already, so I bought orange and white seat cushions and then I’m going to get a tourqouise stool which I’d use as a drink/end table. Then in the main patio area, we have a table and chairs. I’m looking to get a tourqouise umbrella and stand. I should look into getting cushions for those chairs but since they came with the place, it’s not a high priority.  If you follow me on Pinterest, you can see the items I’m eyeing.

#Summer #Grilling #Recipe - Grilled Cumin Flank Steak with Tomato Lime Salsa. Recipe from The Tasty Fork

In case you’re wondering where this sudden inspiration is coming from — it’s all from my grill. I spend a lot of time grilling and cooking outside. I think it would be nice to have an area where I can cook, entertain and not feel a sweaty hot pig.

Back to the idea of feeling grown up, cooking for myself used to make me feel I was more like an adult. One of the first things I made on a grill was this Grilled Cumin Flank Steak with Tomato Lime Salsa. Flank steak is a pretty cheap cut of meat and it’s really flavorful. The meat is marinaded in toasted cumin, garlic and lime juice. I love the smokey flavor of the cumin and the freshness from the lime juice. Grilling flank steak is really easy, just 5 minutes per side. The flank steak cooked to about medium and is really juicy.

After letting the meat rest, top this flank steak with a tomato lime salsa. It’s a light and pairs perfectly with the smokey flank steak! To round out this meal, serve it with some black beans & rice. It’s a sophisticated Mexican meal at home!

Easy steak recipe - Grilled Flank Steak with Tomato Lime Salsa. Serve with rice & black beans. Recipe @ The Tasty Fork

Whenever I make this Grilled Cumin Flank Steak with Tomato Lime Salsa, it always makes me smile. I can’t believe I used to think making dinner for myself was such a big deal. Cooking is more than just some hobby to me now; it’s a huge part of my life. But one thing that’s still the same to me is how I have to be excited about what I eat. This flank steak recipe still does that for me. I’m sure you will love this easy and tasty recipe, too!

Grilled Cumin Flank Steak with Tomato Lime Salsa


  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 beef flank steak or top round steak (1 1/4 pounds), trimmed of all visible fat
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 can (4 1/2 ounces) chopped mild green chiles, drained
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Spray grill with cooking spray. Preheat the grill.
  2. Place the cumin in a small skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, or until fragrant and darker in color. Place in a small bowl and let cool.
  3. Remove 1 teaspoon toasted cumin and place in a medium bowl. To the small bowl, add the garlic, 2 tablespoons of the lime juice, the black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and mix well. Place the steak on the prepared rack and rub the cumin mixture over both sides of the steak. Let stand at room temperature.
  4. In the medium bowl with the reserved cumin, combine the tomato, chiles, scallions, the remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let stand at room temperature.
  5. Grill steak for 5 minutes per side, or until a thermometer inserted in the center registers to at least 145°F for medium-rare.
  6. Place the steak on a cutting board and let stand for 5 minutes. Cut the steak into thin slices and serve with the salsa. Black beans and rice make a nice side item.
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  5. Trish - Mom On Timeout says

    Flank steak is one of my favorite cuts and this recipe looks amazing! Love the cumin and yummy salsa!

  6. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says

    Doing home repairs and paying bills…all the non fun things about being a grown up! My hubby would love this steak with the delicious salsa on top!!!

    • admin says

      It’s a man friendly meal!

  7. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says

    Home Depot & Lowe’s are totally grown up, right? Earlier this year I bought a SERIOUS garden hose and I felt like majorly adult. Last year we bought a lawnmower. Talk about a grown up purchase. Geez.
    As usual this looks amazing. Ahhhhmayzing.

    • admin says

      I think I’m going to caulk my kitchen today. I’m so grown up, I can’t even believe it! ;)

  8. Julie says

    Yum, this looks good, Meghan!

  9. Miss Messy says

    Looks super. Great photos :) I just love the flavour of Cumin.

    • admin says

      I’m obsessed with cumin! I use it all the time.


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