Best Ways To Cook Flat Iron Steak

A flat iron steak is a type of beef that can be cooked in many different ways. Here are some recipes to get you started.

Even though it is reasonably priced, many shoppers overlook the flat iron steak because they are not sure how it should be cooked. The flat iron is a relatively new cut of meat from the shoulder of the cow. It is called a flat iron because of its appearance, which is flat like an old-fashioned iron. It is boneless and sold in a package that looks like a brisket. It can be used in recipes that call for other flat cuts of meat such as the flank or skirt steak.

Grilling the Flat Iron Steak

Flat Iron steaks are good either grilled outside on a charcoal grill or on a George Foreman indoor grill. They can be simply salted and peppered and grilled, then served with a side sauce such as a prepared horseradish sauce or barbeque sauce, or flavor can be added by using a store-bought rub or a home-made one before grilling. A quick homemade rub can be prepared with:

3 TBSP brown sugar
dash of garlic powder

Flat iron steak can also be marinated. Mix all ingredients, then let it sit in marinade a covered dish or sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator overnight, or at least 2 hours.

Easy Marinade:

half a cup of lime juice
quarter cup brown sugar
1 TBSP soy sauce
powdered garlic just a pinch
ginger just a pinch

Grill the steaks on each side for about five minutes. This steak tastes best slightly rare or medium and not overcooked.

To broil flat iron steak, prepare as if grilling, then place in foil-lined broiler pan about four inches from the top. Broil about 5-6 minutes on each side.

Pan-Frying the Flat Iron Steak

Here is an easy recipe for pan-frying the flat iron steak:

1-lb. flat iron steak
1 TBSP steak seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Rub the steak with seasoning and salt, then cook in hot oil in a large frying pan for about 5-6 minutes on each side.

Using the Leftovers to Make Stirfy or Fajitas

Leftover flat iron steak can be the basis for a good stir-fry or pepper steak served with rice. Fajitas are also an excellent way to serve the leftover steak. Since the meat is prepared, the work is almost done. Slice the meat into very thin strips, then heat in a skillet and serve with warm tortillas. As a garnish use shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, lettuce, sour cream and guacmole.