Flank Steak and Mango Slaw with Scallion Garlic Oil

Steak and Mango Slaw with Scallion Garlic Oil

Sweet and spicy. Filling and refreshing. Veggies and meat. This flank steak and mango slaw with scallion oil has it all. While there’s a lot to like about grilled flank steak tossed with crispy cabbage, sweet mango and fresh herbs, it’s the scallion garlic oil that turned out to be the real star of the meal. It gives meat and veggies a spicy kick and addictive garlic flavor you won’t soon forget. It’s a condiment you can pour over all sorts of different salads, as well as seafood, pork and chicken.

Mango adds a sweet flavor to this slaw that nicely complements the spicy dressing and grilled steak, and in this small quantity is worthy of being a sensible vice but… mango is optional if you’re avoiding fruit with a higher glycemic index. A red bell pepper can add color and a little sweetness instead, if you prefer.

Servings: 4

Time in the Kitchen: 1 hour




  • 1 pound flank steak (450 g)
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos or tamari (80 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower, olive or coconut oil (30 ml)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (60 ml)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 mango, peeled and sliced into thin strips
  • 2 carrots, grated or very thinly sliced
  • 1 small head Napa cabbage, thinly sliced/shredded
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil (80 ml)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro (120 ml)

Scallion Garlic Oil:

  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cold pressed high-oleic/high-stearic sunflower oil (120 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes (15 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


Marinate steak at room temperature for 30 minutes in the coconut aminos, oil, lime juice, and garlic cloves.

While steak marinates, make the scallion oil. Put the scallions, 2 garlic cloves, sunflower oil and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling around the oil in pan occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes until the garlic is lightly browned. Take off the heat, add the sesame oil, and let cool.

Scallion Oil

Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill the steak for about 6 minutes a side. Depending on the thickness of the steak, it might need additional cooking time with the heat on the grill turned down to medium (or if using a charcoal grill, move the meat away from the hottest part of the grill). Let the steak rest for 5 to 10 minutes before thinly slicing.

In a large bowl combine the mango, carrot, cabbage, basil and cilantro.

Mango Slaw

Add the strips of steak to the salad bowl. Drizzle in the scallion garlic oil and toss well.

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  1. I just harvested the first head of napa from my garden this am and this looks like a fantastic recipe to use it in!!

    1. I would just leave it out, like he said, it’s an optional addition. I’m allergic, myself. A touch of honey or agave syrup might be a nice addition to the sauce if you’re looking to replace the subtle sweetness.

    2. How about Papaya (I personally loves it), cantaloup or honeydew, to counter the lime acidity and skirt dominating flavor?

      P.S. We had the best skirt steaks in one of those fancy resorts in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; not to mention drift diving in Cozumel; those were the days….

  2. Colourful, sweet and savoury … all in all, that’s lunch I’d eat every day of the week!

  3. @john you make it! It’s easy as to make and gives you the satisfaction that you did it yourself.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. Wow, this looks good. While I personally love flank steak, the rest of my family finds it a bit too fatty and chewy. Would this marinade help with that problem?

    1. My piece of flank steak wasn’t fatty. The marinade did a terrific job tenderizing it, it came out really tender (be sure not to overcook it, too), but we marinated overnight. I used peaches instead of mango, as we just got some from Georgia. All in all, definitely a recipe to repeat!

  5. I made this for company last night everyone went wild over it. This recipe is a keeper for sure.

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  7. We tried this tonight and the whole family liked it (which rarely happens in my family)!