Lime and Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak and T-Fal Optigrill Giveway!

Lime and Coriander Marinated Flank Steak

Kim’s brother Robert recently went away for graduate school.  But unlike Kim who starting cooking at a young age, Robert’s idea of cooking is boiling packaged ramen.  As much as we love ramen, we simply couldn’t have him eat ramen or go eat out daily. Luckily we found the perfect solution for him in the T-FAL Optigrill. Recently we received the T-Fal Optigrill to review and that fits all of his back to school needs. First, it’s simple and literally fool proof. Second, it’s small and portable and third, it’s a snap to clean.


What makes  T-FAL Optigrill different than your competitors such as the George Foreman grill  is the thermostatic sensors that monitors the temperature of the food as it grills.  We all know that the most precise way of cooking is with a thermometer as cooking times can vary widely.  The T-FAL Optigrill basically monitors the temperature of your food constantly  and has easy to follow color changing cooking level indicator automatically letting you know when your food’s been cooked to your exact desired doneness.  It even beeps and changes color at rare (yellow), medium (orange) and well done (red).   It has six different settings such as burger, panini/sandwhich, poultry, red meat,  seafood, sausage as well as a  frozen and manual setting that pretty much covers just about everything he’ll cook.  Even Robert won’t be able to mess this up!

Since it’s still summer grilling season, you can try out this simple lime and cilantro marinated flank steak cooked on your very own Optigrill (over $180 value)! The kinds folks at T-FAL will be giving Optigrill away to one lucky reader. Sorry, U.S. residents only excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

To enter it’s easy, just use the widgit below:



Lime and Cilantro Marinated Flank steak


1 cup (250 ml) fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup (50 ml) fresh lime juice
2 tbsp (30 ml) canola oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, ribs and seeds removed
1 1/2 tsp (7 ml) ground cumin
1 flank steak, about 1 1/2 lb (750 g)
3/4 tsp (4 ml) salt


Combine cilantro, lime juice, oil, garlic, green onions, jalapenos and cumin in a food processor or blender; pulse until smooth. Place the steak in a resealable plastic bag and pour in the coriander mixture. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

Remove the steak from the marinade and shake off the excess marinade; discard remaining marinade. Sprinkle the salt all over the steak.Turn the grill on.

Select the red meat program and press OK. Lightly grease the cooking plates with cooking spray. Once the purple indicator light has stopped flashing, place the steak on the grill and close the lid.Cook until the indicator light has changed to the color of desired doneness; yellow for rare, orange for medium or red for well done. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and tent with foil. Rest for 5 minutes before slicing very thin.

Serve the steak with a large tossed salad and baked potatoes. The sliced steak can be used as a filling for fajitas along with grilled peppers and onions, sour cream, salsa and guacamole. For tender flank steak, it is recommended not to cook the meat past medium doneness.

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33 Responses to “Lime and Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak and T-Fal Optigrill Giveway!”

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    nance428 — August 28, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    omg would love to win a TFal for my new home. I am getting married in 3 hubby and I love to cook so this would be perfect!!

    pretty please pick me…

    Great website … !


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    Ivy — August 28, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Living on my own has only made me appreciate my mom’s Vietnamese cooking so much more. Your blog is amazing! I would love to win this grill to start cooking some grgreat traditional dishes like bun thit nuong or have nem nuong with my rice and nuoc mam!

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    thicup82 — August 28, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    This looks sooooo yummy!!! Must try it this Labor Day weekend.

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    Thuy — August 28, 2014 @ 11:46 am

    I would love to use this in my daily cooking!

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    Dung — August 28, 2014 @ 11:54 am

    I’d love to win. I’m a nurse so it’s hard for me to cook all the time. This seems very easy to use and I think it would be very convienient for my lifestyle. Pick me 🙂 thanks!

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    Charlie T — August 28, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    Would love to win this!!!

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    Trang Ngo — August 28, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    I hope I can win the T-FAL OPTiGRILL so I can try this recipe and many other recipes.

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    Linda N — August 28, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

    Recipe looks amazing! You two don’t disappoint. Will definitely need to try it out, hopefully with the T-Fal grill.

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    Tess m — August 28, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

    Looks delish!

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    Connie Wilson — August 28, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    That steak looks amazing! And my kitchen is in dire need of a new kitchen gadget for me to experiment with 😉

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    Amelia — August 28, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

    Would love to win one so I can make a lot of yummy food for family and friends.

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    Madeline — August 28, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    This looks delicious and awesome! My husband would love it if I won this 🙂

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    Nha Vo — August 28, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it! I love ur blog

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    Phi Tran — August 28, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    yay! can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Sandy N — August 28, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

    I think this grill is awesome! I hope you pick me! Broke college student who would love to cook more healthy foods in the dorm!

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    Truc Nguyen — August 28, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

    Would love to have these essentials! I love your recipes!

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    Bev — August 28, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

    Oh my gosh! I need to try this steak recipe badly.

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    Lime and Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak and T-F... — August 29, 2014 @ 12:08 am

    […] Kim’s brother Robert recently went away for graduate school. But unlike Kim who starting cooking at a young age, Robert’s idea of cooking is boiling packaged ramen.  […]

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    LTJohnson — August 29, 2014 @ 6:23 am

    I gotta win this!

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    fel — August 29, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    I would LOVE to win this grill!

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    Jessie C. — August 29, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

    This would be perfect for indoor grilling.

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    Ann — August 29, 2014 @ 1:40 pm

    We love your blog!

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    Amy S — August 29, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

    This would be great for me to grill meat since my charcoal BBQ is such a hassle sometimes!

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    jam — August 30, 2014 @ 12:09 am


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    Betty — August 30, 2014 @ 6:57 am

    Looks delicious! Just discovered your blog and am really enjoying it!

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    Jeanie Chan — August 30, 2014 @ 7:28 am

    Love your blog. I love that this gadget monitors temperature so food doesnt get overcooked!

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    MyMy Pham — August 30, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    I looove all your recipes!! They’re easy to follow and taste amazing!

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    Hong Tran — September 1, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

    My favorite features of the Optgrill are the removable grill plates, sensors for perfect cook time and the die cast aluminum surface. It also defrosts your meats for you. I would love to win the T-Fal Optugrill!

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    H. Arnold — September 2, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

    Looks so yummy!!

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    Myna — September 3, 2014 @ 10:37 pm

    This grill would be great for a busy kitchen with busy college kids…all eleven of them on the same floor in the same kitchen! I do not know how they manage. The easy clean up tray is super! I hope I can win it for them to share.
    Great website RC. My sincere complements on the pictures too. They are delightful/delicious to look at.

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    Ian K. — September 5, 2014 @ 10:26 am

    Looks so good!

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    Mai — September 5, 2014 @ 1:23 pm


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    Tung Pham — September 8, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

    OMG Thank you guys so much. I still can’t believe it!!! I love your blog and please keep doing what you’re doing. You guys are amazing and so inspirational to all of us. Happy blogging!!!

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