Home > Dinner > Flat Iron Steak Flat Iron Steak July 14, 2019 | 14 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Delicious grilled Flat Iron Steak with an easy sun-dried tomato sauce. Today I’m sharing how to grill this steak, along with the option to make a simple grilled zucchini-and-corn salad to serve alongside. Other great side dishes to serve alongside this steak: cucumber salad, panzanella salad, fruit salad. Typically less-popular cuts of steak have become more and more popular on restaurant menus and in grocery stores. These cuts include skirt, flank, hanger, and flat iron. When I worked at a restaurant through high school and college, one of our most popular recipes was a hanger steak with chimichurri sauce. While hanger steak is one of my favorites, it’s still hard to find in grocery stores. And in place of hanger steak, flat iron steak has become my go-to (I recently used in these steak fajitas and this fideo). QUICK TIPWhat are the most popular cuts of steak? Ribeye takes the number one spot, followed by New York Strip, Beef Tenderloin, T-Bone Steak, Flank Steak and Top Sirloin. Flat Iron Steak Flat iron steak is taken from the upper portion of the top blade roast. It’s perfect for grilling, thanks to the uniform thickness. It also has great marbling, which means it’s got a great rich flavor. Additionally, these steaks are quite affordable when compared to other cuts of beef like a filet or rib-eye. If available, select 1-pound steaks; they cook very quickly and evenly on the grill. Flat iron steak FAQs What is the difference between a flat iron and a flank steak? A flat iron steak is cut from the shoulder area of the cow and a flank steak is cut from the belly muscle. Both steaks are flavorful and tender (when seasoned and not cooked beyond medium), but the flank steak is leaner than the flat iron. (Here’s a helpful diagram. The flat iron steak is located in the highlighted yellow section.) Is there another name for flat iron steak? Flat iron steak is also known as butler’s steak (in the UK) and oyster blade steak (in Australia and New Zealand). Can flat iron steak be substituted for flank steak? While you can use it in place of flank steak, the closest substitute for flank steak is a skirt steak. Hanger steak is also a great substitute. How to grill Flat Iron Steak Preheat the grill to medium-high, about 400-450 degrees F. Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel and then rub the steaks with olive oil. Season beef generously with fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. I do this by holding my hand about 5-6 inches above the steak and sprinkling to cover all the surface area. Flip and season the other side. Grill the steaks for 4-7 minutes per side until they reach the internal temperature desired (more on this below). Allow the steak to rest for 5-10 minutes, and then slice it thinly against the grain. Steak temperatures The best way to ensure your meat is perfectly cooked is by using a meat thermometer. If you cook steaks often, you can likely tell when they’re done by gently pressing on the meat, but I still like knowing for sure with a thermometer. When cooking Flat Iron Steak, it’s really best at medium rare, and loses flavor and texture when cooked beyond medium. Of course, to each, their own though! Below are the temperatures for cooking steak to your personal preference. Rare: 120-125 degrees F Medium-Rare: 135 degrees F (about 4-5 minutes on one side and another 3-5 minutes on the other side) Medium: 140 degrees F (about 5-7 minutes on one side and another 3-5 minutes on the other side) Medium-Well: 150 degrees F (about 8-10 minutes on one side and another 3-5 minutes on the other side) Well-Done: 160-175 degrees F. **Time depends on the steak’s thickness, your grill, and the actual temperature of your grill.** Pull the steaks off about 5 degrees below where you want them– the steaks will “cook” those last 5 degrees from carryover heat as they rest. Serve this flat iron steak alongside Today’s recipe is sharing how elevate a grilled Flat Iron Steak into an entire meal worthy of company, yet also simple enough for a weeknight dinner. Since the steaks are on the grill anyway, it’s easy to whip up this grilled corn-and-zucchini salad (I first shared this combo with this Greek chicken and we’ve been obsessed with it!). The corn, zucchini, and lemon can be grilled at the same time as the steaks. While everything is on the grill, it’s the perfect time to whip together an easy sun-dried tomato sauce. This sauce is incredible! So easy, so tasty and the perfect complement to the veggies and steak. If you’re a sauce lover, you may even want to double it. A few other sides that would pair well are these roasted Brussels sprouts, cooked couscous (tossed with some lemon juice), or this Italian salad. Quick tips For the sun-dried tomato sauce, use tomatoes packed in oil with herbs (visual). These tomatoes add a delicious flavor to the sauce, while using fewer overall ingredients. Rest the flat iron steaks, covered with foil, off the grill for 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute. Once the steak has rested, be sure to cut it against the grain for maximum tenderness. Here’s a guide for cutting against the grain. Don’t underestimate salt and pepper. Every component in this meal relies on the salt and pepper. Don’t be afraid to add more salt! Add slowly, but do add it. Taste often and adjust accordingly. More delicious grilled dinners Pineapple Chicken Chicken Marinade reader favorite Four-ingredient Sweet Honey Garlic Shrimp Burger Recipe with the best sauce Peruvian Chicken FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Flat Iron Steak 5 from 9 votes - Review this recipe Delicious grilled Flat Iron Steak with an easy sun-dried tomato sauce. Today I'm sharing how to grill Flat Iron Steak along with the option to make a simple grilled zucchini-and-corn salad. This is the best summer recipe! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Flat Iron Steak 5 from 9 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Delicious grilled Flat Iron Steak with an easy sun-dried tomato sauce. Today I'm sharing how to grill Flat Iron Steak along with the option to make a simple grilled zucchini-and-corn salad. This is the best summer recipe! Course Dinner, Main Course Cuisine American Keyword flat iron steak Prep Time 25 minutes Cook Time 12 minutes Resting Meat 10 minutes Total Time 47 minutes Servings 4 servings Calories 299kcal Cost $15.71 IngredientsSteak2 (1 pound each) flat iron steaksOlive oil, fine sea salt, freshly cracked pepperSun-dried tomato sauce2 cloves garlic1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (packed in oil and herbs), gently packed to measure1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (~1 large lemon)1/2 cup oil (I use all the oil from the tomatoes container and then use extra virgin olive oil for the rest of the 1/2 cup)Corn & Zucchini Salad2 ears (14 ounces) sweet corn shucked2 small (14 ounces) zucchini stems removed and halved horizontally1 large lemon1 cup cherry tomatoes halved or quartered Parmesan cheese Freshly shaved3-4 tablespoons fresh basil InstructionsPREPARE INGREDIENTS: Preheat grill to medium-high heat (400-450 degrees F.) Shuck corn. Remove stems and halve zucchinis lengthwise. Halve or quarter cherry tomatoes, depending on their size. Halve both lemons; juice one of the lemons to get 1/4 cup juice and set the other two lemon halves aside to grill. Rub or brush (with a pastry brush) corn and zucchini with olive oil. Season liberally with salt and pepper (I add about 1 to 1/2 tablespoons oil and about 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper).CORN ZUCCHINI SALAD: Prepare the preheated grill by cleaning with a grill brush. Generously oil the grill (I drench a rolled-up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it over the grill grates). Add corn and zucchini. Cook zucchini about 2-3 minutes, flip and cook another 2-3 minutes or until lightly charred and crisp-tender. Cook the corn, rotating about every 2-3 minutes (a total of 4 rotations) until charred, bright yellow, and crisp-tender about 10-12 minutes total. Grill lemon halves flesh side down for 2-3 minutes or until charred. Transfer vegetables to a cutting board to cool slightly. Slice corn off the cob and add to a large bowl. Cut zucchini into thin half moons and add to the bowl with the corn. Add in the cherry tomatoes, Parmesan cheese (to taste), and fresh basil (rip or cut into ribbons). Add in the juice from one half of the grilled lemon (about 2 tablespoons) and some additional olive oil (about 1 to 2 tablespoons). Toss and taste, adjust seasonings by adding any additional salt, pepper, or oil.COOK STEAKS: While vegetables and lemon are grilling, pat steaks dry with paper towel and rub with olive oil (about 1/2 tablespoon per steak). Season both sides generously (or to taste) with salt and pepper (I add about 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt per steak). Add steaks to the fully heated grill and cook until charred and medium rare (or to temperature preference, medium rare highly recommend) about 4-5 minutes per side. (For 1-pound steaks, medium rare generally takes 4 minutes per side); use a food thermometer for precision (see temperatures in post). Transfer steaks to a plate to rest for about 5-10 minutes, tented with foil. Transfer to a cutting board and cut across the grain as thinly as possible (this makes sure the meat is tender!)SAUCE: While steaks grill, finely mince garlic and coarsely chop the sundried tomatoes. Add garlic and tomatoes to a small blender or food processor. Add in the 1/4 cup lemon juice and salt and pepper (I add about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper) and pulse until ingredients are chopped. Slowly drizzle in the oil (I use all the oil from the sundried tomatoes container and fill up the rest of the 1/2 cup with regular oil) and pulse until emulsified and a chunky sauce has formed. Taste and adjust seasoning.ASSEMBLE: Add thinly sliced steak to plates (1/2 steak per plate). Divide the corn-and-zucchini salad among the plates. Spoon the sauce evenly on the steaks. Garnish the dish with additional Parmesan. Cut the remaining half of the grilled lemon into wedges and add one wedge to each plate. Squeeze lemon over before enjoying! Nutrition FactsCalories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 438IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.