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How to Cook Flat Iron Steak

Flat iron steak comes from the blade roast of beef shoulder or from chuck. This cut of meat, which is also known as top blade, has a thick piece of connective tissue running down the middle and this is why it is relatively new to the butcher's counter and why a lot of people never realized the potential of this amazing cut of meat.

Once you take out the connective tissue, you have a tender and flavorful cut of meat, which is why learning how to cook it might come in useful. It is named like that because it resembles an old-fashioned iron.

Flat iron is removed from the chuck, making this cut really cheap. This cut usually comes trimmed but if the connective tissue is still attached you will need to get the butcher to remove it or remove it yourself with a heavy-duty chef's knife. You can then cook it just like any other premium cut. You can broil it, grill it, or sear it in a cast iron pan.

It is a good idea to marinade beef because it is great for soaking up flavors. This steak is nice for making fajitas and it works in this recipe like the skirt cut does, which is the traditional cut used to make this famous Mexican dish. It is cheaper and more tender than the skirt cut in fact.

Grilled Flat Iron

You can add salt and pepper to your flat iron steak and cook it to perfection on the grill, serving it with a BBQ sauce or horseradish sauce. You can also use a rub to add flavor before you grill it.

Make a homemade rub by combining brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and rub this over the meat. Alternatively, you can marinade the steak for at least two hours. Then grill it on a moderately hot grill, turning it once, until it is done the way you like. Let it rest for five minutes, then serve.

Pan-Seared Flat Iron

The trick to making this delicious recipe is using a really hot cast iron or steel skillet. This will produce a wonderful crust on your meat. Bear in mind there will be smoke so open a window or have your hood fan on high. If you cannot get this cut, you can use sirloin or top black chuck.

Rub some salt and steak seasoning over a pound of flat iron, then cook it for four or five minutes on one side in a tablespoon of hot vegetable oil. Turn it over and cook the other side. Let the meat stand for five minutes then cut it diagonally into thin strips, across the grain. Like most strips, it is best when you cook it to a maximum of medium.

Learning how to cook flat iron steak is perfect for people who love juicy, tender cuts but might be on a restrictive budget. Since it is so cheap yet so flavorful and juicy, it can be used to make mouthwatering meals for the whole family.