Flap Steak Recipes For Foodies

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Flap steak is a type of flank or skirt steak. It’s marinated in garlic and shallot before being grilled veggies to perfection. This steak will satisfy a few people and provide enough food for a week’s worth of meals. This low-end cut has a high-end flavor.

Sepulveda Meat & Provisions San Diego is my favorite local butcher. I am often surprised by the high-quality meats that they sell. I’ll often pick a lower-quality cut and let it rest for a few days.

This is called flap steak. Flap meat, a lower-priced cut of beef, is something you might not have heard of. This is not a luxurious cut of meat. This hidden gem should be discovered.

Let’s be real, marinating steaks is not something I love. You need to purchase a premium steak in order to get the best beef flavor. You don’t need to cook it. Some cuts like a flap, flank, and tri-tip can be marinated with a flavorful sauce.

What’s Flap Steak?

Flap meat comes from the cow’s stomach on the “short side”. Flap meat is often a very short, narrow cut with lots of marbling. It was cheap. It cooks quickly. Flap steak is rich in flavor and can be used in many different ways. Flap steak is even more delicious the second day it has been cooked.

Because of its long muscle fibers, the meat is not tender. This cut is great for marinating and using it in many recipes that don’t call for a premium steak.

Tender Cutting Board

Tenderness does not necessarily come with a tough cut of meat. There are many ways to make it tender.

Marinate with acidic ingredients

A meat tenderizer can be an enzyme powder, mallet, or another spiky tool.

It should be quickly cooked and served hot.

Properly slicing (against grains). Highly recommended is a Granton knife (affiliate), that will slice meat like butter.

The tenderizer is not involved in the process. However, olive oil is slightly acidic and will tenderize.

Rosemary Marinade, Shallot Garlic

The marinade is the key to this steak recipe. Marinating the steak gives it a tender, flavorful texture. This recipe makes a paste, not a liquid. A marinade is an essential ingredient in your kitchen. You can experiment with marinades, adding or subtracting ingredients you don’t enjoy.

Mix the shallots, garlic, rosemary, red bell pepper strips, salt, and pepper. You can make a puree using a food processor. But, I used an immersion mixer (affiliate). Although it wasn’t as smooth, it was still perfectly fine. It won’t have as finely chopped rosemary and the flavor won’t be quite as strong. This isn’t a problem.

How long should you marinate your steak?

Marinating steaks for at least one hour is a good idea. But, I prefer to marinate the steak for at least an hour. This allows the marinade to penetrate the meat and tenderize the meat. You can tenderize the meat with a Spiky tenderizing device.

There really isn’t a definitive answer, as different recipes will call for different marinating times and methods. However, there are some general rules of thumb that can help you to determine how long to let your steak sit in the marinade.

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One key factor is the type of steak that you are using. Different cuts of steak will respond differently to marinades, so it’s important to know what type of steak you are working with in order to select the correct marinating time.

Top Tips for Grill Flap Steak

Flap steak is the best steak to grill. It can be seared in cast-iron pans.

To determine the direction to slice, look at the grain before cooking.

The excess marinade is best removed before grilling. It can burn.

Gill should be heated on medium-rare heat for 4 to 6 minutes.

The perfect cut is medium-rare. This cut can be too rare and may become chewy. If it is cooked too long, it can become hard.

It’s okay to use a little bit. Grilling the steak is fine, but not the whole steak. This gives the steak flavor and smokiness.

Allow it to rest for about 10-15 minutes before you cut against the grain. To get a smoother texture, grate the grain against the grain to remove long muscle fibers.

Inspiration From This 3-Pound Flap Steak

One steak. Six delicious meals.

1. Steak, potato, and grilled flap steak.

2. Steak tacos with avocado, fresh salsa, and pickled green onion

3. Steak Fajitas – Saute some bell peppers and onions with oil and chili powder.

4. Steak quesadillas topped with cheddar, Monterey Jack, avocado, and pico de gallo

5. Steak and eggs for breakfast or dinner

6. Steak salad with fresh heirloom tomatoes salad and arugula, dressed with lemon vinaigrette

Fajita Flap Steak With Grilled Pineapple Salsa


  • 1 1/2 lb. flank steak
  • For the marinade:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

For the Salsa

2 cups pineapple chunks, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (about 2 cups)

3 green onions, sliced thin on the bias (about 1/3 cup)

In a shallow dish, whisk together the marinade ingredients. Place the steak in the marinade and toss until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

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When ready to cook, prepare your grill by oiling the grates lightly using a paper towel dipped in vegetable oil. Remove the steak from its marinade and Grill over medium-high heat for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until the steak reaches the desired level of doneness.

Meanwhile, mix together all of the ingredients for the salsa in a large bowl. Set aside.

When the steak is cooked, remove it from the grill grate and let it rest for a few minutes. Then, using a sharp knife, thinly slice the steak against the grain into strips.

Serve immediately with the pineapple salsa on the side. Enjoy!

Asian Flap Steak Salad

This Asian Flap Steak Salad is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy a steak dinner! The steak is cooked to perfection and thinly sliced, making it the perfect addition to a salad. The salad is then topped with a homemade Asian dressing, making it the perfect meal for any time of day.

The first step to making this Asian Flap Steak Salad is to cook the steak. To do this, you will want to heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add some oil. Then, add in the steak along with salt, pepper, and any other seasonings that you prefer. Be sure to flip it over a few times so that it cooks evenly on both sides.

Once the steak is cooked to your liking, remove it from the skillet and allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing it into thin strips.

While the steak is resting, you can begin preparing the salad. In a large bowl, combine the greens of your choice along with your favorite vegetables. Top the salad with the sliced steak and pour some of the dressing over top, tossing to combine.

Serve this Asian Flap Steak Salad immediately or keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours before serving. This salad is a great way to enjoy a delicious steak dinner any time of day!

Black Pepper And Garlic Flap Steaks

Tacos With Cilantro Slaw, and Asian Flap Steak Salad With Sesame Vinaigrette

This recipe is inspired by the classic Chinese take-out dish, General Tso’s chicken. The sauce is slightly sweet with a kick of heat from the chili peppers, and the steak strips are cooked until crisp and caramelized. Serve this Asian-style steak salad over a bed of greens, or stuff it into warm tortillas for tacos.

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