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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 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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