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Easy Flat Iron Steak Recipe

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Our Flat Iron Steak Recipe is quick and delicious made with a custom blend of seasonings, seared to perfection in a flat iron skillet. It makes for an excellent weeknight dinner option.

A few years ago, we lived in a condo community that didn’t allow grills. At first, this was kind of frustrating because we loved to grill outdoors.

However, the living situation taught us how to create homemade burgers and steak fajitas using my regular cook-top.

This flat iron steak recipe is one of those examples that prove you don’t have to use an outdoor grill to make a perfectly seared steak.

Combine a little know-how, with a custom seasoning mix, and melted butter and you’ve got yourself a pretty amazing steak. Pair it with a batch of baked sweet potato fries or oven baked home fries, and you have a full meal!

Seasoned steak with fresh steamed vegetables on a white plate.
Flat iron steak is a tender, flavorful cut that makes an easy dinner option.

How to make our flat iron steak recipe:

Before we get started, let me start off with a little note about the steak. In the recipe, we have it listed as a 1.5 pound steak or steaks.

When we originally made this recipe, that’s what we used. Fast forward three years, and we decided to give the post an update with new pictures and a step-by-step video.

It just so happens that we are living in a different part of the country now, and the only flat iron steak available was just barely over half a pound. That’s what’s used in the photos and video.

The recipe stayed the same, except the size of the steak which can be adjusted. You just won’t use as much of the seasoning.

Collage of photos showing flat iron steak seasoning.
Make sure to coat the steak well with seasoning.

Now, back to how to make our flat iron steak recipe! 🙂

First, in a small bowl combine the seasoned salt, Italian seasonings, black pepper, garlic powder, and the onion powder. Give them a quick mix with a fork to blend the seasonings.

Next, liberally season both sides of each steak, making sure to use ALL the spice mix (assuming you’re using the full 1.5 pounds of meat).

Collage of photos showing flat iron steak cooking.
Cook the steak in butter to add extra flavor and give the steak a nice crust.

Preheat a flat iron skillet or griddle over medium heat and melt the butter.

Once the butter is melted, add the steaks to pan. Cook them for 5-6 minutes on each side or to your desired doneness.

Last, when the steaks are done, let them rest for 10-minutes then serve them with a side of your choice.

Sliced steak with fresh vegetables.
Allow the steak time to rest to help keep it nice and tender.

Is flat iron steak tender?

Yes, flat iron steak is a tender cut of steak. Look for a piece that has nice marbling or thin ribbons of fat running throughout. As the steak cooks, the fat melts and keeps it moist and adds flavor.

Are flat iron steak and flank steak the same?

No, flat iron steak and flank steak are taken from different areas of the cow. A flat iron steak is cut from the top blade (shoulder) of a cow. A flank steak is cut from the stomach or abdominal area.

Can another cut of beef be used for this recipe?

Yes, absolutely! This seasoning and cooking method in this recipe works well for any cut steak. We love it on sirloin, New York strip, fajita meat, ribeye, and even filet.

If there happens to be a seasoning you aren’t crazy about, we have an amazing beer marinade that works well, too.

What goes well with flat iron steak?

Cooked steak and steamed broccoli on a gray dish.
Don’t overcook the flat iron steak; otherwise, it can become tough and chewy.

Flat Iron Steak Recipe Tips:

  • For an extra flavorful steak, apply the seasoning mix then place the steaks in your fridge for 30-minutes to rest before cooking.
  • You’ll know the skillet is hot enough when the butter begins to clarify (separate) in the pan.
  • Create a marinade by simply adding 1/2-cup of olive oil and 1/4-cup of red wine vinegar to the seasoning mix. Submerge the steaks in the marinade in your fridge for 30-minutes before cooking.
  • Believe it or not, beef pairs well with cabbage. So, if you’re looking for a side dish to compliment this steak, then consider our fried cabbage.

Don’t forget to check out our Flat Iron Steak web story!

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Flat iron steak and broccoli on a plate.

Easy Flat Iron Steak Recipe

Yield: 1.5 Pounds
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Our Flat Iron Steak Recipe is quick and delicious made with a custom blend of seasonings, seared to perfection in a flat iron skillet. It makes for an excellent weeknight dinner option.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Lbs. Strip Steak, (cut of your choice)
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder

Instructions

  1. Combine the salt, pepper, Italian seasonings, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small bowl.
  2. Season the steak(s) on all sides with the seasoning mix; be sure to use all of the spices.
  3. Preheat an iron skillet over medium heat, and melt the butter in the pan. Add the steaks to the hot pan. Cook for about 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or to your desired doneness.
  4. Allow the steaks to rest for 10-minutes then serve with sides.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 4 to 6 ounces of steak. Actual calories will vary. Storage is not recommended.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 4 Ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 820mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 30g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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Salem Hahn

Saturday 17th of April 2021

I just made the flat iron steak. My family loved it!! It was easy and so delicious!! Paired it with steamed broccoli. Will definitely have over and over again. Thank you for publishing the recipe.

John

Sunday 18th of April 2021

Thank you, Salem! Kim and I are thrilled you and your family enjoyed the steak. We hope you have a lovely weekend :)

Becky

Friday 26th of March 2021

This was such a simple and delicious recipe! The rub is perfect for this cut and I’m also planning to try it on a tri-tip. We like steaks a little on the rare side so cooked these flat irons for about 7 minutes total and they were perfect.

Kimberly

Friday 26th of March 2021

Hi Becky!

We're so glad you enjoyed the recipe! It should work great on tri-tip, too. Thanks so much for giving it a try and coming back to comment. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Lynn

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

I had never bought a hangar steak before yesterday. I looked for a recipe, liked this one, and made it tonight. It was absolutely delicious!!! I made the rub, mostly as the recipe stated, and cooked it in a pan on top of the stove for 6 minutes, turned it, then another 5 minutes. It was perfect, my husband wants to know when we will have it again!!

John

Friday 24th of April 2020

Good Morning Lynn, Kim and I are thrilled the recipe worked for the hangar steak. I came up with the spice blend while living in Florida. Most of the places we lived didn't allow outdoor grills, so stove-top was our go-to method for home cooked steaks. Thank you again for coming back to comment on and rate the recipe card! Have a lovely day :)

Sarah

Thursday 5th of December 2019

Hey what temperature does it come out to on your particular timing?

Kimberly

Thursday 5th of December 2019

Hey Sarah!

John usually cooks his steaks to medium which is around 145 degrees. The temperature will vary depending on how you like your steak prepared. :)

Mateo Pedersen

Monday 30th of September 2019

This was so good!! And will definitely make it again. I didn’t change anything, which is rare for me.

John

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

Thank you, Mateo! Kim and I are thrilled you liked the steak. We appreciate you coming back to comment on and rate the recipe card. Have an awesome day :)

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