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Steak Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

June 20, 2020


These delicious gyros are made with seared, marinated flank steak and served with tzatziki sauce.

 

Steak Gyros

 

To me, marinated flank steak seared to perfection served with fresh vegetables and a tangy/creamy tzatziki sauce is the definition of irresistible.

 

The Marinade

This marinade is a combination of (good quality) olive oil, dried oregano, garlic, and lemon juice. The lemon juice serves multiple purposes here: not only does it add flavor, but it also breaks down the connective tissues in the beef to make it more tender. After placing your steak in the marinade, allow it to sit for at least an hour and up to overnight.

 

Tzatziki

Tzatziki is a creamy, tangy Greek sauce made up mainly of cucumber and Greek yogurt. I like to partly peal my cucumber, leaving stripes all the way down it. Grate your cucumber into a sieve over a bowl to prevent excess water in the sauce. After grating the cucumber into the sieve, press down on it with a spoon to get any remaining water out. Add the grated cucumber to the Greek yogurt along with lemon juice, dill, grated garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

 

How long should I sear flank steak?

Depending on the thickness of your steak, for a perfect medium rare it should be seared 6 - 7 minutes on the first side, and 5 - 6 minutes on the other. Your steak is done when an instant thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 130°F, accounting for about a 5 degree rise after taking it off the pan due to carryover heat.

 

Let's just take a moment to appreciate the perfect sear on this steak.

 

Seared flank steak

Flank steak cross section

 

Yup, I'm hungry again.

 

What toppings go on gyros?

Gyros are the perfect vessel for a large range of toppings, namely all sorts of vegetables. Here's a list of common gyro toppings:

  • Tzatziki
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Red onions
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Bell peppers
  • Feta cheese

 

What do you serve with gyros?

Some dishes often served with Gyros are Greek salad, couscous, hummus, and even fries.


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Steak Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Steak gyros with tzatziki sauce made with cucumbers and Greek yogurt


Course: Dinner    Cuisine: Greek

Steak Gyros

Prep Time
15min

Cook Time
10min

Total Time
25min

Calories: 532 per serving

Servings:

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1 lb flank or skirt steak

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 2 tsp dried oregano

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 a lemon's worth of juice

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 3/4 English cucumber, partially peeled

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt

  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or grated

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped (sub 1 tsp dried)

  • 1/2 a lemon's worth of juice

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Gyros

  • 6 pieces pita bread

  • 1 roma tomato, sliced then cut into halves

  • 1/2 red onion, quartered then chopped

  • Romaine lettuce

Instructions

1) Combine all marinade ingredients in a large zip lock bag with steak. Evenly coat steak and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour up to overnight.

2) For the tzatziki, grate 3/4 of a partially peeled cucumber into a sieve over a bowl. Push all the water out with a spoon and discard. Add grated cucumber to a bowl along with the rest of the tzatziki ingredients.

3) Sear steak over medium-high to high heat for 6 - 7 minutes on the first side, and 5 - 6 minutes on the second side, to 130°F for medium rare. Cooking may take longer depending on the thickness of the cut. If the steak begins cooking too far on the exterior before the inside is done, transfer to a baking sheet, cover with foil, and put in a 400°F oven until done.

4) Let steak rest covered with foil for 5 - 10 minutes.

5) Cut steak and serve on pita bread with tzatziki and additional toppings.


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