How to Broil Flat Iron Steak in Electric Oven Without Broiler Pan

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This guide explains how to cook flat iron steak in electric oven without using broiler pan.

What exactly is broiling?

It is one of the steak cooking methods, which is very similar to grilling, except for the fact that you don’t need a grill for it.

All you need is your electric oven with a grill-like heating element on top of its ‘ceiling’.

It makes steak look and taste awesome.

 

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Aaaaaand cut..!

 

The good part about this method is that it’s weather-proof, so you don’t need to wait for sun to shine and for snow to melt. 🙂

Contents:

 

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Part 1: Ingredients for Cooking & Utensils You Need

My goal for this guide is nothing but helping you to grasp the actual cooking method, that’s why I use simple ingredients:

  • 8oz / 230g 1-inch thick flat iron steak
  • Kosher/flaked salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Add broiling tools for oven:

  • Oven grill rack
  • Dripping pan
  • Meat temperature probe
  • Paper towels
  • Tin foil
  • Meat tongs

And SteakEat, when you are ready! 🙂

 

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Part 2: Broiling Flat Iron Steak in Electric Oven – 6 Steps

Before we begin – there is a small caveat behind the entire home broiling process.

Standard home oven broilers can reach approximately 550F as opposed to those used by restaurants, where the pick temperature reaches more than 2200F.

As a result, home broiler will need more time to develop steak surface browning.

It means there is a higher chance to overcook your flat iron on the inside.

To prevent that, we use these two tricks:

  1. Cook a thick flat iron steak – 1-inch and more is great.
  2. Broil flat iron right from the fridge – don’t let it warm up to the room temperature.

These tricks give flat iron more time to develop surface browning, while keeping the inside tender and flavorful.

 

And a word of caution…even though the method is not hard, it can look a bit tricky!

Don’t worry if it doesn’t work out first time – you’ll definitely make it. 😉

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Step 1: Set the Oven to Broiling Mode

Get the broiler running at max heat and open the oven door (it’ll opened for the entire duration of broiling).

Grab the dripping pan and place a sheet of tin foil on it.

Transfer it inside the oven on to the lowest rack from the bottom (i.e. rack 1).

Dripping pan will be collecting steak juices and tin foil will make clean-up real easy.

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Step 2:  Salt the Flat Iron

Take your flat iron out from the fridge and put it in the middle of the oven grill rack.

Use paper towels to pat it dry and add Kosher/flaked salt on top of its upper side (we’ll call it side #1).

Start with 2-3 pinches per side, but adjust if you need to (e.g. low sodium diet).

We don’t add salt to side #2 now, because it will fall off.

I also don’t add any pepper at this stage, because it burns at high broiler heat and gives that charred flavor I’m not a fan of.

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Step 3: Time to Broil the Flat Iron

Once you start seeing the broiler thermostat going on and off, it means that the broiler has reached its top temperature.

Place the grill rack inside the oven and remember to keep the oven door opened!

I recommend placing the flat iron as close to the broiler as possible, but without it touching the thing.

Once again, we want to sear and brown the surface as soon as possible.

My broiler takes around 5-7 minutes per side.

After that amount of time I’m satisfied with the browning I see on the steak’s surface (this is purely visual judging).

If you feel like the browning is ready before the 5-7 minutes run out, go to the next step.

If you feel like it needs another few minutes, take them!

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Step 4: Turn to the Other Side, Season & Probe

Side #1 ready?

Take the rack out and flip your flat iron with meat tongs.

Season side #2 with salt just like you did earlier with side#1.

Next – check the inside temperature with the meat probe.

I recommend medium-rare level of doneness – 130F / 55C – for a juicy, tender flat iron steak, bursting with flavor (alternatively go for 50C / 122F for rare and 60C / 140F for medium).

You will still be missing a couple of degrees, which is perfectly fine.

Place the grill rack inside the oven and broil for another 5-7 minutes (or whatever it is in your case).

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Step 5: Check the Doneness & Finish in Oven

Side #2 ready?

Take the grill rack out and check the inside temperature again.

Now, there are two options:

  1. Your steak is at medium-rare doneness – skip to the following step.
  2. Your flat iron is a bit rare, but you are fine with it (that would be me) – also skip to the next step.
  3. Your flat iron is a bit rare and you want to finish cooking it – read below.

To finish your flat iron in oven after broiling, switch the broiler off and set the temperature to 275F / 135C with the fan on (or 300F  / 150C with the fan off).

Put the flat iron back inside (use the same grilling rack) and wait for another ~10 minutes before checking the temperature again.

Keep going until you reach medium-rare (i.e. 55C / 130F) or medium (60C / 140F) level of doneness.

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Step 6: Season with Pepper, Rest & Cut

Finished?

Take your flat iron out and transfer it on to a plate or cutting board.

Season with freshly ground black pepper (finally) and let it rest for 3-5 minutes covered with tin foil.

After that – cut it against the grain (i.e. across muscle fibers) and enjoy!

Good job. 😉

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