The ultratender flat iron is an affordable alternative to rib-eye. Look for (or request) flat, rectangular steaks--butchered specifically to eliminate the line of tough connective tissue that runs down the middle of the entire cut.
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons grated lime rind
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile powder
1 (1-pound) flat iron steak, trimmed
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 cup finely chopped peeled seeded cucumber
3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
How to Make It
Combine orange rind, orange juice, lime rind, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon oil, and next 4 ingredients (through chipotle) in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add steak, turning to coat. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, turning occasionally.
Heat a grill pan over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle steak with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add steak to pan; grill 5 minutes on each side for medium-rare or to desired degree of doneness. Place steak on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Slice steak across the grain.
Combine remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining ingredients in a bowl. Serve with steak.
First time grilling flat iron steak. Loved it. I marinaded it for 90 minutes and grilled it 12 minutes each side. Rest for 10. Perfectly cooked to medium rare. Now all that said, the flavors were just kind of boring. Even the salsa was blah. Hard to believe with an entire jalapeno. Even my husband said, "Keep the steak, we can make a better prep." And he's right. Not a keeper for us.
The marinade was a bit of work but smelled delicious. It just didn't translate into much flavor on the steak. Also, for us, cooking time was way off - needed at least 5 minutes more for medium rare. "Salad" was also just okay. considering the amount of work involved, we won't be making this again.
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