Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Thom Driver
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour
Serves 4 (serving size: 3 1/2 ounces beef and about 1/2 cup salsa)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Combine remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining ingredients in a bowl. Serve with steak.

Ratings & Reviews

Surprisingly disappointing

February 05, 2017
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.

Very tasty

February 04, 2017
Low calorie but a lot of flavor. I thought the salsa needed an extra punch so I added a little white balsamic vinegar.

Expected more flavor

July 16, 2016
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.