How to Make Vaca Frita

Vaca frita is delicious, citrusy and very crispy. Although commonly shredded, this is my take on this Classic Cuban dish.

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The cast

The cast

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I will be making this in my beloved pressure cooker. If you don't have one, don't worry fill any pot you have with water. I filled my pot up with cold water

I will be making this in my beloved pressure cooker. If you don't have one, don't worry fill any pot you have with water. I filled my pot up with cold water

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Now let's take the flank steak and give it a good wash with cold water. When done set it aside

Now let's take the flank steak and give it a good wash with cold water. When done set it aside

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Take your onion and cut it in half

Take your onion and cut it in half

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Do the same with the green pepper cut in fourths.☺️

Do the same with the green pepper cut in fourths.☺️

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Like so, set aside

Like so, set aside

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Now let's work in or flank steak. Remove as much of the fat as possible. As you can see the grain is vertical we will cut in that direction

Now let's work in or flank steak. Remove as much of the fat as possible. As you can see the grain is vertical we will cut in that direction

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I cut mine into three long vertical pieces

I cut mine into three long vertical pieces

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And one cut horizontally!

And one cut horizontally!

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For this recipe I will be using my pressure cooker it cuts my cooking time in half! 👏👏☺️ you can do this in any pot as well & boil the flank until tender about 3-4hrs, depending how big the flank is

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Let's add 1 chopped onion into the boiling water

Let's add 1 chopped onion into the boiling water

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Add the chopped green pepper

Add the chopped green pepper

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The garlic cloves

The garlic cloves

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And the bay leaf

And the bay leaf

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Continue on with the cumin

Continue on with the cumin

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The oregano

The oregano

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The pepper corns

The pepper corns

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And salt to taste, bring to a boil

And salt to taste, bring to a boil

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Now carefully immerse your flank steak into the water

Now carefully immerse your flank steak into the water

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Like so☺️. If your not cooking the flank in a pressure cooker you will need to cook it for at least 4hrs replacing the water as needed.

Like so☺️. If your not cooking the flank in a pressure cooker you will need to cook it for at least 4hrs replacing the water as needed.

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It is time to pressurize!!☺️☺️

It is time to pressurize!!☺️☺️

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Now let's prepare the mojo while the beef is cooking. Grate your garlic

Now let's prepare the mojo while the beef is cooking. Grate your garlic

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To the grated garlic add the oil

To the grated garlic add the oil

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Add the lime juice

Add the lime juice

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Add the sour orange

Add the sour orange

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The salt

The salt

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The cumin

The cumin

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Stir this well

Stir this well

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Like so and set aside

Like so and set aside

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I checked on my beef and as you can see the flank steak is done. Fork tender🙌

I checked on my beef and as you can see the flank steak is done. Fork tender🙌

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Take the flank steaks and put them on a plate, let them cool slightly

Take the flank steaks and put them on a plate, let them cool slightly

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Spread each one gently without tearing them apart.

Spread each one gently without tearing them apart.

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Here I'll show you how I do it. So easy☺️

Here I'll show you how I do it. So easy☺️

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After they are all spread add some pepper to each side

After they are all spread add some pepper to each side

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Remember that mojo we made? Well go get it and add some to each of the steaks, leave some for the onions.😉

Remember that mojo we made? Well go get it and add some to each of the steaks, leave some for the onions.😉

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Add enough Mojo to each steak. We will let this marinade for an hr or two.(the longer you let it marinade the better it will taste)at room temp. If u choose not to cook right away. Store in fridge.☺️

Add enough Mojo to each steak. We will let this marinade for an hr or two.(the longer you let it marinade the better it will taste)at room temp. If u choose not to cook right away. Store in fridge.☺️

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Now let's slice the onion (this recipe asks for one sliced onion. Feel free to use more than 1)😉

Now let's slice the onion (this recipe asks for one sliced onion. Feel free to use more than 1)😉

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Like this or how ever you want

Like this or how ever you want

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Put it in a dish

Put it in a dish

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Add some of that mojo to the sliced onions, stir and set aside for now.

Add some of that mojo to the sliced onions, stir and set aside for now.

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Take a pan set it over medium high heat. Pour about 1 heaping tbs of oil

Take a pan set it over medium high heat. Pour about 1 heaping tbs of oil

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Add the marinated flank steak and allow it to cook until nice and crispy

Add the marinated flank steak and allow it to cook until nice and crispy

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I'm cooking each steak until crispy on one side. I'll flip it and do the same to the other side.

I'm cooking each steak until crispy on one side. I'll flip it and do the same to the other side.

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I flipped the steak. It is nicely browned and oh so tender☺️

I flipped the steak. It is nicely browned and oh so tender☺️

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All the steaks are cooked. We will saute the onions in the same pan. Lower the heat to medium and add some more oil. About 1 tbs

All the steaks are cooked. We will saute the onions in the same pan. Lower the heat to medium and add some more oil. About 1 tbs

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Add the sweet onions and allow it to cook for several minutes.

Add the sweet onions and allow it to cook for several minutes.

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Add 1 crushed garlic clove(optional)

Add 1 crushed garlic clove(optional)

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Mix it in well

Mix it in well

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Add some oil if it's too dry! I did ☺️ it's totally optional

Add some oil if it's too dry! I did ☺️ it's totally optional

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Add some onions to the top of your steaks

Add some onions to the top of your steaks

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And enjoy

And enjoy

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Serve with some white rice and black beans. Yum

Serve with some white rice and black beans. Yum

Ingredients

Pounds Flank steak 
2 onions, l med & 1 lge 
1 Med. green pepper  
¼ Teaspoons Ground cumin 
¼ Teaspoons Oregano 
1 Bay leaf 
10 Peppercorns 
Salt to taste 
MOJO 
4 Tablespoons Olive oil 
2 Teaspoons Garlic cloves, minced 
4 Teaspoons Lime juice 
4 Teaspoons Sour orange 
¼ Teaspoons Cumin 
1 Teaspoon Salt or to taste 
1 Lge Onion, sliced 
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