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Six Minute Flat Iron Steak is a simple steak recipe that’s marinated in a mix of garlic, soy, and ginger that results in a flavorful marinade that amps up the flavor of this steak.

sliced meat


This delicious and nutritious home-cooked steak recipe does not require hours of prepping and cooking. However, it will still is full of flavor, tenderness and juicy. Using a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time, you can make restaurant quality steak every night of the week. Let’s get started cooking!

For those in search of an easy weeknight meal, six minute flat iron steak is the perfect solution. This grilled steak is simple to prepare yet packed with flavor.

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To begin, marinate the steak for three to six hours. Then heat a cast-iron grill skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add a few tablespoons of olive oil and place the steak in the skillet. Cook the steak for three minutes per side, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Once cooked, remove the steak from the skillet and let it rest for five minutes before serving.

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Flat Iron Steak Tips

Flat iron steak is a tender cut of meat with a bit of marbling for flavor. It’s perfect for marinating. As well, it’s less expensive than some of the other steaks.

It’s best to let the meat come to room temperature before you throw it on the grill. Therefore, if your marinating time is about 30 minutes then you can marinate the steak on the countertop then it can go straight on the grill with it.

However, if you plan on a longer marinating time, you’ll need to refrigerate it and then leave it on the countertop long enough to warm up a little. Usually, 30 minutes is enough time.

You can cook this steak on a hot charcoal grill or gas burner. Cook it for 3 minutes per side (More or less depending on the cut of steak, how thick it is, and how well-done you want it). Check the steak for doneness and if it needs more time cook for a few more minutes.

It’s always a good idea to let the steak rest for a few minutes before you cut it so that you don’t lose all the juices.

I sprinkled the steak with fresh, chopped cilantro, but you can omit this if you don’t love cilantro.

With the right seasonings and cooking techniques, this steak is sure to wow your family and friends.

I like to cook once and eat twice. It’s my Encore Meals method. This leftover steak makes a great Encore Meal when you use it to make my Steak Sandwich.


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I updated this post from an earlier version dated October 15, 2017. I made new photos and simplified the recipe instructions.

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Six Minute Flat Iron Steak

This steak is marinaded in a simple mixture of kitchen staples for a juicy and flavorful meal.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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  • 1 – 2 pound flat iron steak

In a zip top freezer bag combine:

  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic fresh
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice fresh
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • ½ teaspoon jalapeno diced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro fresh, chopped


  • Add all the ingredients except the steak to a zip-top freeze bag. Squeeze the bag to combine. Place the steak in the bag and close it. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 6 hours.
  • Heat grill to high or about 450℉. Remove the steak from the refrigerator while the grill or grill pan is heating.
  • Grill steak for 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Allow the steak to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into it and serving.


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Hi! I have everything I need to make this except cilantro, and really, I don’t care for cilantro at all. Can I omit it? Is there another herb that would be a good substitute?

    1. Yes, absolutely, leave out the cilantro if you don’t like it. You could do 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried cumin if you like it and it’ll still have a Tex-Mex flavor. Otherwise, rosemary, thyme, or dill are options.

  2. 5 stars
    WHAT a wonderful recipe. I am making it again tonight. I made it last week and had a leftover sandwich the next day. OMG, i have never liked a recipe more. Will try more of your recipes.

  3. This looks so good, Paula! Pinned this for a Sunday dinner! Thank you so much for sharing this at All my Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share tomorrow! 🙂

  4. thanks, it was really good. You have to be really careful and not overcook them they're so thin. I have to MAKE myself not leave the grill

  5. 5 stars
    Let me wipe the drool off my keyboard first… That look's so delish!!! My parents cook flat iron steaks for our big family Sunday dinners a lot; it has become their favorite, but I've yet to try them. I will be pinning this recipe for when I finally do!

    Bonny @

  6. Oh Yum! This looks so good! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe at Sunday Round Up! I hope you have a great week :),


  7. Thanks for sharing this on I freakin did it fridays, now I know what to have this week for dinner!

  8. There's always room for steak!!! Yum!! Your marinade sounds so good! And I love that you serve it medium rare! 🙂

  9. Oh my goodness – I need a steak immediately! This looks so good – Now I am craving meat hard core 🙂

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