Marinated and Grilled London Broil

A truly tender and juicy (and inexpensive!) grilled steak. The best london broil marinade.

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Serving Size: 6

Perfectly Grilled London Broil
I hope this doesn’t piss off the London Broil Council (there is a council for everything, did you know that?), but up until now I have never understood why london broil was such a popular cut of meat.  Rumor was that it was great grilled or broiled (really, as it should be, right?) or seared, but most of the time when making it I ended up with a tough steak, one that my family chewed politely for way too long. And sometimes not that politely.

 Grilled London Broil with salad

But I wasn’t giving up, not when there were stacks of london broils in the market, and so attractively priced.  The answer turned out to be a combo of tenderizing and marinating, and now I get it.   And while the words “cheap steak” aren’t the ones I would ever use to describe this meal to my guests, I can have the pleasure of knowing that I saved some serious cash while making a big old steak dinner for family and friends.

London Broil ready to marinate

How to Marinate London Broil:

Tenderizing the Meat:

A couple of things will help make london broil, an often tough cut of steak, more tender.  You can use a traditional mallet-style meat tenderizer and give the steak a good pounding. Or you can try this funky little bladed meat tenderizer press (below) to get the meat ready for marinating, which makes hundreds of tiny cuts in the meat to soften the meat fibers and also allow the marinade to get right in there.  So, not only does the process of tenderizing the meat do just that, but it also allows the flavors of the marinade to penetrate more deeply.

 

Using a Meat Tenderizer on steak

 

London Broil Marinade:

The acid in the marinade, in this case lemon juice and balsamic vinegar, also help to break down the tough fibers and make the steak more tender.  The small amount of honey provides a touch of sweetness, and helps it caramelize on the grill, the soy sauce offers up savory, salty umami-ness, and the garlic provides…well garlickiness.

Marinating London Broil:

 

 

Place the meat in a container with the marinade and marinate the meat for about 6 hours in the fridge (you can marinate it for up to a day). 

Marinating a steak

 

How to Grill London Broil:

How you cook this cut of meat is key.  You want to keep your london broil rare for best results – overcooking it will result in a tough steak.  Grill it over high heat for just 4 to 5 minutes per side, presuming it’s about 1 1/4 inches thick.  That amount of time gets you to medium-rare, which is really how this steak should be cooked to achieve maximum tenderness.  125°F is the internal temperature you are looking for (make a small investment in a meat thermometer – you’ll be so glad you did!).

Let the Meat Rest:

Let the steak sit for 5 minutes to reabsorb juices and finished “cooking” off the fire – this post-heat resting stage is important for all meat, especially ones that need help in the tenderness department.  Letting the steak rest for at least 5 minutes will absolutely affect the difference between a tough and a tender london broil.

Slice the Steak Against the Grain:

Unless you are shredding meat, you almost always want to cut it against the grain for maximum tenderness and juiciness, and it’s definitely true for london broil.

london broil steak sliced against the grain

This is now definitely part of the regular summer rotation, and a very economical way to offer a grilled steak fest for a crowd.

Below, Gary and the Tramp.  Or Cooper as he’s better known.

Cooper and Gary Sharing London Broil / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Marinated and grilled londoin broil is absolutely great served up with this Vegetable and Brown Rice Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing.  Also, should you want to make this under the broiler, in a grill pan, or even in a panini press, it will work beautifully.

Grilled Marinated London Broil / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

This tender Marinated and Grilled London Broil recipe is a great bang for the buck. London broil is a very economical way to offer a grilled steak fest for a crowd.  The best way to cook london broil on the grill (and the best london broil marinade!)

Marinated and Grilled London Broil

  • Method: Grilling
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
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  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 pound London broil ( at least 1 inch thick, preferably 1 ½ inches thick)

1. In a container, combine the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, honey, lemon juice, garlic and salt and pepper (go lightly on the salt because of the soy sauce).

This tender Marinated and Grilled London Broil recipe is a great bang for the buck. London broil is a very economical way to offer a grilled steak fest for a crowd.  The best way to cook london broil on the grill (and the best london broil marinade!)

2. Tenderize the meat if possible (this is where I used the cool OXO gadget; if you wanted to pound it a bit or score it with a knife, or use another method of tenderizing please do).

This tender Marinated and Grilled London Broil recipe is a great bang for the buck. London broil is a very economical way to offer a grilled steak fest for a crowd.  The best way to cook london broil on the grill (and the best london broil marinade!)

3. Poured the marinade over the meat. Cover, and marinate the meat for 6 to 24 hours in the fridge.

This tender Marinated and Grilled London Broil recipe is a great bang for the buck. London broil is a very economical way to offer a grilled steak fest for a crowd.  The best way to cook london broil on the grill (and the best london broil marinade!)

4. Preheat a grill to high. Grill the steak for 4 to 5 minutes per side, basting it with the marinade left in the bowl or container.

This tender Marinated and Grilled London Broil recipe is a great bang for the buck. London broil is a very economical way to offer a grilled steak fest for a crowd.  The best way to cook london broil on the grill (and the best london broil marinade!)

5. Let it sit for 5 minutes to reabsorb the juices.

This tender Marinated and Grilled London Broil recipe is a great bang for the buck. London broil is a very economical way to offer a grilled steak fest for a crowd.  The best way to cook london broil on the grill (and the best london broil marinade!)

6. Slice on the diagonal and understand how London Broil can taste so good.

Or ask my dog. Gary and Cooper had their little Lady and the Tramp moment.  I know; this is ridiculous. Sometimes we just need to be ridiculous.

This tender Marinated and Grilled London Broil recipe is a great bang for the buck. London broil is a very economical way to offer a grilled steak fest for a crowd.  The best way to cook london broil on the grill (and the best london broil marinade!)

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18 thoughts on “Marinated and Grilled London Broil”

  1. Christina G says:

    This London Broil look mighty delicious! #OXO #TheMOM100Blog

    1. Katie Workman says:

      I’ve already made it again!

  2. Maria C says:

    Cool tools! Too bad that Grilled London Broil isn’t included. It sure made me craving for one.

    1. Katie Workman says:

      that would have been smart.

  3. ewhatley says:

    love that handy gadget for tenderizing – I would use that all the time since we buy budget cuts

    1. Katie Workman says:

      it was quite a game changer!

  4. ColleenB. says:

    I love kitchen gadgets and that meat tenderizer along with the sald dressing shaker look awesome and would be very useful for sure

    1. Katie Workman says:

      They are very cool gadgets, Colleen!

  5. rayt says:

    how long do you cook it for like say med well. we dont care much for rare meat

    1. Katie Workman says:

      just give it another 2 minutes per side!

  6. John Schmidt says:

    We enjoy making your recipes and the comments and photos that arrive with each one. We print and file those that we wish to make at a later date. Would it be possible to reduce the size of the header or use a smaller font in order for us to get it all on one page? Thanks and keep up the great work.

    1. Katie Workman says:

      I will talk with the developer about that – I know, one page recipes are easier to keep track of aren’t they?

  7. Patty says:

    Excellent! Made it last night for a small dinner party. Broiled 5 min each side, then covered and took to the dinner. Perfect med rare to med, when I sliced it at the party. All loved it! Something just wasn’t quite right with my old recipe. I took a chance and it paid off! Thank you.

    1. Katie Workman says:

      Awesome! And who doesn’t love someone who bring a steak to a dinner party?!?

  8. Sally says:

    where to find the recipe for that delicious looking “side” in the picture? Is that orzo, radishes, carrots…??

    1. it’s https://themom100.com/recipe/vegetable-brown-rice-salad-with-honey-lemon-dressing/ – the link is in the text before the recipe, but now you have it handy!

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