Grilled Flat Iron Steaks with Chimichurri


For supreme succulence, cook the steaks to medium-rare doneness (145 degrees).

Grilled Flat Iron Steaks with Chimichurri
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
25 mins
Marinate Time:
1 hr
Grill Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 32 mins


  • 3 boneless beef chuck top blade (flat iron) steaks, cut 3/4 inch thick

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or salt

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 cup firmly packed fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1 cup firmly packed fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley leaves

  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar

  • 3 cloves garlic, cut up

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ cup olive oil


  1. Trim fat from steaks. Place steaks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap.

  2. For rub, in a small bowl combine the 1 teaspoon salt, the garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, the chili powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly over both sides of each steak; rub in with your fingers. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  3. For chimichurri, in a food processor or blender combine cilantro, parsley, vinegar, garlic, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and the crushed red pepper. With processor or blender running, slowly add oil through opening in lid in a thin, steady stream until mixture is smooth. Set aside.

  4. For a charcoal grill, grill steaks on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 7 to 9 minutes for medium-rare (145°F) or 10 to 12 minutes for medium (160°F), turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place steaks on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.) Serve steaks with chimichurri.


The flat iron steak (aka: top blade steak) is a lot like flank steak but is better marbled, making it more tender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

322 Calories
21g Fat
2g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 322
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 587mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Protein 30g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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