I don’t have very many beef recipes on here because until recently I didn’t eat a ton of beef. When I was craving Mexican food, I’d usually make some shredded chicken tacos. I think I’d also run into some trouble over the years by not buying the right cuts of beef for the dishes I was cooking.
Flank steak is the true star of these sheet pan fajitas. Flank steaks need to be marinated to help tenderize the meat–they also really take on the flavours of marinades well which is partly why I chose this cut for the fajitas.
They work best when they are cooked quickly, either under the broiler or on the grill. Because I don’t have a barbecue at my apartment, I opted to cook this flank steak under the broiler.
Flanks steaks take to marinades very well, and marinating can also help to tenderize the meat. For these fajitas, I create a simple marinade that is used for the meat and vegetables.
The best fajita marinade
The marinade is made with chili powder and cumin as the base of spices, the juice of two limes, 1/4 cup of soy sauce and canola oil, with garlic and jalapenos. The sugars in the soy sauce will help to caramelize the meat and vegetables.
This recipe comes together in two steps, the first is to marinade the beef and prep the vegetables. Because the vegetables take longer to cook than the beef (I know, it seems crazy), the vegetables get a head start in the oven and cook under the broiler for 8 minutes.
The key to this recipe is having a wire rack that fits on your baking sheet. The flank steak needs to cook elevated so that the air can circulate around it–plus it would be just too much for one baking sheet to hold all the vegetables and two pounds of flank steak as well.
The flank steak gets cooked under the broiler for seven minutes on each side–this will give you medium-rare meat. I always use a meat thermometer to make sure the meat reaches 130F-135F for the flank steak.
It’s also important to let it rest for ten minutes before slicing it against the grain.
You can serve these fajitas with really whatever toppings you like. I opted for avocado, sour cream and cilantro here, but you could also add some salsa if you have some on hand.
Let me know if you give these sheet pan flank steak fajitas a try in the comments below.