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Here I explain how to cook flat iron steak using different cooking methods.
You can scroll down to see all the cooking methods:
You can also see:
- What is Flat Iron Steak
- Nutrition & Calories
- How to Cut It
Let’s SteakEat! 😉
How to Cook Flat Iron Steak Using Different Cooking Methods
Flat iron steak is one of the tougher steaks that are harder to chew.
If you are looking to enjoy the rich, meaty flavor of this steak while being able to easily chew it make sure to tenderize your flat iron steak before cooking it.
Cook Flat Iron Steak on Stove Top
One of the most common and simplest cooking methods.
All you need is a piece of steak and a quality skillet.
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Sear Flat Iron in Cast Iron Skillet
Cooking with cast iron gives steaks delicious flavor.
They are also better at searing meat, because of the higher heat capacity.
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Slowly Cook Flat Iron in Oven
This cooking method helps to gradually cook meat and can be used on its own or in combination with searing on stove, when you need to ‘finish’ the steak (i.e. bring it to a specific internal temperature).
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Broil Flat Iron in Oven
As a substitute for grilling, broiling does the job.
All you need is a heating element (i.e. grill) which is located inside your oven, usually on the top.
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Sous Vide Flat Iron
Is it possible to pay near-zero attention to cooking steak and get it perfect every time?
Yes, if you sous vide.
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Cook Flat Iron on Stove & Finish in Oven
Looking for a great way to preserve flat iron’s tenderness and flavor?
This technique is particularly good for thicker cuts that need more time cooking.
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Cook Flat Iron Steak in Crock Pot
Slow cooking is ideal for tougher cuts with many connective tissues.
Slow moist heat helps to break down these tissues and release flavor.
What Is Flat Iron Steak?
Other names you can hear this cut also called by – butler’s steak, blade steak, shoulder clod steak.
Some wonder whether flat iron is any good… Well, the short answer to that is – YES!
Even though it’s not cut from the more ‘luxury’ loin part of the cow, it’s still a pretty delicious piece of beef.
What about its chewiness? Is flat iron steak tender?
Even though it is cut from the shoulder of beef cow, it is quite tender and soft. However I still recommend not cooking it beyond medium-rare (max – medium) level of doneness, since it can get quite tough after that tipping point.
This cut is quite unique, but you can use flank, skirt and even round steak as a substitute for flat iron steak. These cuts have characteristics equivalent to those of flat iron in terms of nutrition, tenderness, flavor and juiciness.
Nutrition & Calories
Time for fat content! Let’s see if this cut is any good from nutritional point of view.
Depending on the grade of beef you buy, the caloric values will be different. “Grass-fed” tag will also have its consequences – meat will be less fatty.
The fattiest, ‘prime’, is followed by ‘choice’ and ‘select’ beef grades. This is why it is important to separate them – the caloric values are quite different.
All values are indicated per 100g / 3,5 oz of raw flat iron steak trimmed to 0″ fat, except for Prime, where it was trimmed to 1/2″ fat. Source: USDA.
Prime. Total calories: 328 (257 from fat)
- Protein: 16,5g
- Carbohydrates: 0g
- Fat: 28,4g (saturated – 12,1g)
- Sodium: 64mg
- Cholesterol: 74mg
Choice. Total calories: 143 (60 from fat)
- Protein: 20,8g
- Carbohydrates: 0g
- Fat: 6,8g (saturated – 3,04g)
- Sodium: 82mg
- Cholesterol: 68mg
Select. Total calories: 133 (51 from fat)
- Protein: 20,3g
- Carbohydrates: 0g
- Fat: 5,7g (saturated – 2,47g)
- Sodium: 87mg
- Cholesterol: 71mg
Now that you know the calories, you might wonder, how to cook healthy flat iron steak?
First of all – go organic grass-fed. I recommend buying it for these reasons.
Next come these simple tips I use to cook healthy steak in skillet. Use them to get the most health benefit.
How to Cut It
If you are willing to challenge yourself with cutting this impressive steak, I highly recommend this video made by ‘The Healthy Butcher’. They show it all nice and easy.