London of the West

I have never been to London. In fact, I’ve never been to the British Isles. While I have not travelled internationally extensively, I have been to Europe twice and missed it both times. If any loyal (and rich) reader from the UK wants to fly me over to cook for a week…..

London Broil is such an easy dish. Marinate and grill. Wait and remove. Wait and slice. What I didn’t know is that London Broil is a dish really only known in the Western Hemisphere and not in London at all. London Broil is not, contrary to popular opinion, not a cut of beef, but a style of cooking a cut. The cut of choice for London Broil in the United States is flank steak. You’ll love this.

I love this cut of meat. It grills easily and flavors well.

Really a very basic recipe.


On the grill.

Isn’t that beautiful.

Once again, let it rest for 10 minutes before you cut into it. You won’t be sorry.

London Broil with Garlic and Herbs

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins | Makes: 6 | Difficulty: Easy


  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed with a garlic press
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 beef top round steak, 1″ thick (1 1/2 lbs)


1) Prepare charcoal fire or preheat gas grill for direct grilling over medium heat. In large zip tight plastic bag, mix vinegar, oil, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Add steak, turning to coat. Seal bag, pressing out excess air. Place bag on plate and marinate 15 minutes at room temperature.

2) Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Place steak on hot grill rack. Grill 7-8 minutes per side for medium rare or until of desired doneness.

3) Transfer steak to platter. Let stand 10 minutes to set juices for easier slicing. To serve, thinly slice steak across the grain.

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Categories: Beef, Grilled, kosher, Low Carb, Main Dish, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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19 Comments on “London of the West”

  1. buffers
    July 22, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Hah, in the fifteen years I lived in London, I must admit, I’d never come across London Broil. I guess you really do learn something new every day!


  2. Sue
    July 22, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Buffers, London broil isn’t a London dish, or even an English dish – it’s a North American invention. That’s why you didn’t come across it in London in 15 years! 🙂


    • buffers
      July 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      Ahhh thanks! Thought I was being a bit dim there!


  3. July 22, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Although I no longer eat a lot of red meat, this was a favorite of my (American) parents, especially when eating out!


  4. July 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm #



  5. July 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    London broil is one of my go to dishes for summer company. I marinate in whatever appropriate ingredients I have. At the same time I slice up some red, orange and yellow pepper and marinate them in salad dressing (Newman’s Tuscan Garlic) and grill them in a grill pan (with holes). I serve it on a big cobalt blue platter along with a good boxed ( for ease) rice pilaf dish. It’s invariably a hit both for the eyes and taste buds. To really go over the edge, marinate some shrimp skewers in the same dressing and grill them up.


  6. July 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    It looks delicious, and will be tried. Perhaps it’s named after a Mr London, or a restaurant named London…
    Not only does London Broil not happen in London, broiling doesn’t happen at all in the UK. But please, dear RC, the western hemisphere starts in London… (that’s where the Greenwich Meridian is!)


  7. July 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    I’m not surprised there’s no London Broil in London. Unless there’s been an unheard of culinary revolution in the UK, “English” food has got to eb the worst I’ve ever had. We ate mostly “ethnic” food when we were there, especially Indian and mid-Eastern. That stiff upper lip the English are know for arose because they need it for their food! LOL!


  8. July 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    This looks really yummy! I should have eaten before starting my blog reading … I’m British and would be only too pleased to have you cooking my meals for a week, but I definitely don’t fit into the rich category, so I’m afraid you’ll have to find someone else – until I’ve gained my 2nd million that is! 😉
    Broil is a word that isn’t used over here at all actually! When we say grill, we mean broil, so we *grill* cheese on toast, not broil it!
    Spencer, I’m going to stand up for my country here! 😛 Ok, so some British food … fair enough. I guess you didn’t make it down to some of the amazing local pubs in the South West and gest to taste their home-cured smoked salmon fillets … or the succulunt beef and ale pies with amazing pastry … or the homemade herb and pork sausages, with tangy onion gravy and melt-in-your-mouth mashed potato … ooh, or maybe the haggis in Scotland? … and the to-die-for steak, chips (fries) and onion sauce to found at a pub in my town … and the first time I tasted slow-roast pork belly with dauphinoise potatoes, I could have swooned! … then of course there’s my Grandma’s cooking … anyway, I got your point, you just need to explore some more! 😉


  9. July 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Great use of the less traditional steak cuts this really needs to be championed more often, as said not traditional London but a nice bit of Coleman’s mustard can help that. Mr RC we would love to have you over to cook with us then you can help educate others to the delights of the London Food Scene a real British Food!


  10. July 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    oo this sounds really easy. I need to get better at grilling steaks on the bbq


  11. July 23, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    Reblogged this on The Body Beautiful and commented:
    For a long time, I rarely ate red meat because I was concerned that it was higher in cholesterol than poultry, game and fish. However, with rising levels of obesity in the West and my suspicions that eating too many carbs could be a root cause, I have reintroduced some lean red meat back into my diet in the form of lamb and beef. I do like this simple and yet tasty recipe, perfect for busy people with little time to cook. I will follow this recipe but add some dried chilli flakes to the marinade and serve with plenty of roasted vegetables or steamed spinach or maybe both!.


  12. travelwyse
    July 23, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Reblogged this on travelwyse.


  13. July 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    I love London Broil and flank steak. Done right, it’s hard to beat.


  14. July 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Hey, thanks for the like! I’m a couple hours south of London but have to agree I’ve not heard of this one, sounds awesome tho.


  15. July 24, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    I don’t eat meat so I won’t try it but you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food when you do make it to London one day.



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