Soy Marinated Flank Steak with Creamy Kale Peanut Noodles + a Le Creuset Giveaway!

Soy Marinated Flank Steak with Creamy Kale Peanut Noodles is the “date night in” meal your date will never forget. The creamy kale peanut noodles make the perfect base for the sliced umami-packed flank steak. It’s the one jaw-dropping meal that you can make without wanting to pull your hair out! 

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Le Creuset. While I was compensated, as always, all opinions and the recipe are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Cake ‘n Knife!

It’s crazy how busy life can get. Before you know it, seemingly in the blink of an eye, it’s Friday and you swear last night was just Monday.

I feel like I sometimes lose those days in between weekends (i.e. those days that you work work work work work, only to eat and collapse into bed in the final hour of the night). It’s hard to remember just how important it is to take time during the week to slow down and enjoy a good old-fashioned dinner date night in.

Soy Marinated Flank Steak with Creamy Kale Peanut Noodles | #dinner #datenight #pasta #steak

With all the cooking I do, you would think those date nights would be any ol’ night. 

However with all the catching up and getting back into the swing of things after Europe, the Man and I have been more concerned with simply getting some down time in before heading to bed each night. This past long weekend is what I needed to remind me, it really is ok to put the work aside a little early every once in a while in favor of some quality alone time with your significant other.

Soy Marinated Flank Steak with Creamy Kale Peanut Noodles | #dinner #datenight #pasta #steak

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That is exactly what inspired this meal!

Technically it was the desperate need to take time for ourselves during the week and make a dinner that’s perfectly portioned for two (sometimes I just don’t need all those leftovers!).

Soy Marinated Flank Steak with Creamy Kale Peanut Noodles | #dinner #datenight #pasta #steak

When I went to Fate Brewing Company for my 48-Hour Foodie Guide: Beer Lover’s Guide to Boulder, I had a soy marinated hanger steak with cold peanut noodles that literally blew my mind. The meat melted in my mouth, the creamy peanut noodles were the perfect counter for the umami flavors in the steak, and when I saw the Man’s eyes basically roll back into his head after the first bite, I knew I needed to recreate the magic at home.

This dish is ideal to make for two people, especially when you have the right tools to make it with.

Enter the Le Creuset Braising Dish with Grill Pan Lid.

Soy Marinated Flank Steak with Creamy Kale Peanut Noodles | #dinner #datenight #pasta #steak

Honestly, can we talk about how brilliant it is to have any dish with a grill pan lid? Forget having a bunch of lids taking up space in your cabinets that you’ll only use every once in a while! With this match up you get two dishes in one, PLUS a lid. With the quality of Le Creuset’s cookware, these are the kind of dishes you want to stock your cabinets with because they’ll be there for a good long time.

Not to mention, having a burst of color in the kitchen brings a little more fun into the whole cooking process!

The marinade for this steak is my favorite marinade of the summer so far. It’s full of rich and deep flavors, so you really get that true “umami” flavor that’s impossible to describe in any other way except for DELICIOUS. The creamy peanut noodles with fresh kale are a rich base that complements the steak perfectly. I highly recommend eating it all warm, but if you like cold noodles (or want to give them a try), the noodles totally work well if they are chilled. Serve up the steak warm on top and be prepared for a whole new level of date night happiness.

Soy Marinated Flank Steak with Creamy Kale Peanut Noodles | #dinner #datenight #pasta #steak

Le Creuset wants you to have the perfect “date night in” dinner too, so they are oh-so graciously giving away one of their Le Creuset Multi-Function Oval Ovens with Grill Pan Lid (a $300 value)! This set isn’t the exact one you see pictured here; it’s even BETTER. You get a full sized oval oven to work with so you can not only make this dish, you can make soups and stews in the deep dish while grilling up your favorite meats and seafood with the grill pan! Check out the giveaway below the recipe. GOOD LUCK!

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Soy Marinated Flank Steak with Creamy Kale Peanut Noodles

Yield: Serves 2

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

Total Time:30 minutes + time to marinade steak

Flank steak gets a flavor injection with an sumptuous soy marinade! The tangy umami flavor pairs perfectly with rich and creamy kale peanut noodles, making this the ultimate "date night in" dish.


  • 1 16 ounce hanger steak
  • 1/2 bunch kale
  • 11 ounces fresh udon noodles


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp hoison sauce
  • Dash of sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp lime juice

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Garnish: chopped scallions, sesame seeds, chili flakes


  1. In a large ziplock bag, combine soy sauce, garlic, hoison sauce, sesame oil, black pepper and lime juice for the marinade. Add steak and turn to coat in the marinade. Let rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to overnight.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Blanch kale for approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from boiling water to a large bowl filled with cold water. Set aside.
  3. Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove steak from marinade and grill until desired doneness. I recommend approximately 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove from heat and rest 15 minutes before slicing.
  4. While the steak is cooking, add sesame oil, soy sauce, Sriracha, fish sauce, and peanut butter for the noodles in a braising dish or oval oven dish. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce come together. Drain kale and add to the sauce. Stir in noodles.
  5. Cook noodles and kale in the sauce for approximately 2 to 3 minutes, over medium-low heat.
  6. Serve sliced steak over creamy noodles with kale immediately. Garnish with chopped scallions, sesame seeds and, if you want a little extra heat, chili flakes.

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50 Responses to “Soy Marinated Flank Steak with Creamy Kale Peanut Noodles + a Le Creuset Giveaway!”

  1. Kim Leonard — May 31, 2017 at 7:14 am (#)

    I would have to say a grilled flank steak dish we can both cook, while drinking a specialty cocktail from cakenknife!

  2. elizabeth miller — May 31, 2017 at 7:17 am (#)

    Our favorite date night meal to cook is pasta with mussells, shrimp, scallops, and crab in a spicy, cherry sauce. So good who cares if we go out.

  3. kesha — May 31, 2017 at 7:20 am (#)

    I love to make Lasagna with cheesy garlic bread

  4. erica — May 31, 2017 at 7:51 am (#)

    this looks delicious! been looking for a steak marinade

  5. erica — May 31, 2017 at 7:53 am (#)

    this looks delicious! been looking for a steak marinade! thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Rana Durham — May 31, 2017 at 8:28 am (#)

    i love making sweet and hot mixed vegetable bulgur .

  7. grace — May 31, 2017 at 9:09 am (#)

    meatloaf and mashed potatoes…so romantic! 😉

  8. Melissa Storms — May 31, 2017 at 9:38 am (#)

    I don’t know if it is my favorite to cook but my husband loves coconut chicken with pina colada dipping sauce. I make it because it is good and he loves it, I do wish I could find a less messy recipe for it though.

  9. Jennifer S. — May 31, 2017 at 11:59 am (#)

    There are two favs in my house: 1) white wine garlic roma tomato sauce w/ pasta and 2) tangerine sauce stir fry. But this recipe looks great and I’m sure would be another favorite! Thank you for the recipe!

  10. Jillian Too — May 31, 2017 at 12:08 pm (#)

    For a quick date night, I love throwing together a veggie stir fry.  For more leisurely dinners, I love fettuccine alfredo with asparagus.

  11. Susannah // Feast + West — May 31, 2017 at 12:40 pm (#)

    Our date nights usually involve tacos! This looks spectacular though. I know my guy would love it!

  12. alicia szemon — May 31, 2017 at 1:12 pm (#)

    I like making spaghetti and meatballs or meatloaf(:

  13. Rust — May 31, 2017 at 1:37 pm (#)

    Roasted chicken alfredo linguine is my favorite.

  14. Tim — May 31, 2017 at 4:49 pm (#)

    For a Tim ate night I like home made pizza. It is one of the few foods that you can actually make together, especially when “decorating” them.

  15. Laura S — May 31, 2017 at 5:53 pm (#)

    Something pasta, and I’d say our current favorite is my chicken broccoli alfredo recipe!

  16. Will G — May 31, 2017 at 6:20 pm (#)

    I like to make fajitas.

  17. Rachel — May 31, 2017 at 6:56 pm (#)

    My favorite “date night in” meal is Chicken Parmesan.

  18. Tabitha — May 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm (#)

    I don’t like to cook it or eat it but I’d say lasagna. The reason being is it’s my boyfriends favorite thing so I do for love!

  19. Stacey Roberson — May 31, 2017 at 7:37 pm (#)

    On date night, I usually get hubby to throw a kielbasa on the grill while I whip up some cajun pasta. Delicious combination!

  20. Mary Cloud — May 31, 2017 at 7:41 pm (#)

    We love a big pot of Spaghetti with Garlic Bread

  21. Annette — May 31, 2017 at 9:39 pm (#)

    Grilled shrimp with steak if my favorite date night at home meal.

  22. Michele Cupp — June 1, 2017 at 12:40 am (#)

    We love a good shrimp pasta dish or a grilled chicken salad.

  23. Linda Szymoniak — June 1, 2017 at 12:42 am (#)

    While I wouldn’t consider them “date night” dinners, I do like to make something extra special now and again. I guess I’d have to say that paella is my “date night” dinner.

  24. Heather — June 1, 2017 at 7:27 am (#)

    Homemade pasta!

  25. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — June 1, 2017 at 9:25 am (#)

    Risotto! The only downfall is that I make a meat version for my husband, and a veggie version for myself (twice the work, but worth it!)

  26. Casey H — June 1, 2017 at 9:31 am (#)

    Our fave date night in meal is Chicken Marsala with garlic roasted potatoes! So good!

  27. Paula - bell'alimento — June 1, 2017 at 10:45 am (#)

    This looks amazing. Mmmm date night in? Can’t go wrong with a skillet steak!

  28. Keri justice — June 1, 2017 at 11:22 am (#)

    This looks delicious!! We love spaghetti or a grilled steak with salad. 

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  30. Kristen @ Dinner for Two Blog — June 1, 2017 at 11:49 am (#)

    I know this isn’t very date like, but we love to make chicken wings together!

  31. Jeffrey — June 1, 2017 at 6:48 pm (#)

    My favorite date night meal in is homemade pizza. One of our favorites is a Greek pizza that starts with a thin layer of olive oil, roasted garlic, fresh spinach, sun dried tomatoes, feta, pine nuts, mozzarella and basil.

  32. Mimi — June 1, 2017 at 8:22 pm (#)

    I’d have to say steaks on the grill with asparagus and garlic bread.

  33. Karen D — June 2, 2017 at 5:57 am (#)

    We like Lasagna with a salad side.

  34. Erin @ The Speckled Palate — June 2, 2017 at 6:09 am (#)

    Real talk: I don’t remember the last time we had an at-home date night. Or a date night of any kind. Because we have a kiddo and because finding a babysitter is hard and because we don’t really ever take time for ourselves. But we should. So… when he comes back from his business travel, I’m proposing we make this because OMG YUM.

  35. Meghan Finley — June 2, 2017 at 10:52 am (#)

    Swiss steak, baked potatoes and garlic bread

  36. Tina W — June 2, 2017 at 3:57 pm (#)

    Shortribs with creamy garlic polenta. Comfort food.

  37. Brenda Haines — June 2, 2017 at 5:49 pm (#)

    Braised short ribs with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.

  38. greentopiaries — June 3, 2017 at 2:58 am (#)

    My favorite date night in would have to be Caprese Balsamic Chicken. Love it! Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  39. jberry — June 4, 2017 at 1:04 am (#)

    I make a mean Spicy Nut Butter Thai Chicken.

  40. Suzie Wilder — June 4, 2017 at 11:19 am (#)

    Chinese food!! Its quick delicious and fresh tasting! I also love Thai food too and making tempura batter is on of my favorite things to cook!

  41. Laurajj — June 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm (#)

    Oh I have to say my lasagna and garlic bread!  

  42. Carolsue — June 5, 2017 at 2:41 am (#)

    That would probably be Chicken Marsala!

  43. Molly — June 5, 2017 at 1:42 pm (#)

    Homemade pasta

  44. Nicole B. — June 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm (#)

    Baked mac and cheese is best and great comfort food too.

  45. Laura — June 6, 2017 at 4:39 am (#)

    Ribs, potatoes and homemade corn bread!

  46. Mary — June 7, 2017 at 7:01 pm (#)

    Definitely Chicken Parm….it took me years to perfect my recipe because its all from scratch. Thinly pounded chicken breast (thigh works amazingly well too!) Dusted with flour dipped in egg than specialty seasoned panko. Sauce made from tomato sauce, paste, Italian seasoning, garlic, onion….I can go on because now I’m hungry for some!!

  47. Karrie — June 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm (#)

    Has to be lasagna..My hubby loves how i make it

  48. Tracie Cooper — June 9, 2017 at 4:04 pm (#)

    I love to make lasagna, french bread and tossed salad for my favorite date in meal!

  49. Tracie Cooper — June 10, 2017 at 11:16 am (#)

    My hubby loves my lasagna, bread and a tossed salad for a date night in!

  50. amanda whitley — June 10, 2017 at 7:51 pm (#)

    i like to make chicken parm or a nice steak.

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