Charcoal Seared Flatiron Steak

Well, cookout season is winding down while pumpkin/hot cider season is gearing up but that doesn’t mean you can’t break out the grill! Specifically you should break out your charcoal grill and make this delicious seared flatiron steak!  We (by we, I mean Luke and I because I’m far too impatient to actually grill anything on my own) saw a variation of this on Alton Brown’s blog, but we had to substitute one of our favorite steaks that many people don’t know about, the flatiron.  It’s filled with flavor, tender, and almost always cut thin enough to cook with this unique searing method – pick one up or ask your butcher to cut one for you!

Seared Flatiron Steak

Start by heavily salting both sides of the steak, I had this coarse sea salt on hand, but any salt will do.

Seared Flatiron Steak

Let the steak sit and while you’re waiting prepare the coals.  A fantastic, easy way to have coals ready soon without needing lighter fluid is this charcoal chimney from Weber.  It’s cheap and I guarantee you won’t ever want to grill without it once you’ve used it!


Seared Flatiron Steak

Once the coals are ready (i.e. not black anymore) spread them out so that you have an even layer.

Seared Flatiron Steak

Place the steak directly on the and let it sear for about 2 minutes on each side, it should have a nice brown color.

Seared Flatiron Steak


Seared Flatiron Steak


Pull the steak off the coals and immediately wrap it in foil and let it cook for another 25 minutes in the foil. Unwrap the steak and enjoy the incredibly juicy, tender and flavorful steak!

Seared Flatiron Steak


Charcoal Seared Flatiron Steak

Serves 4


2 pound flatiron steak – under 2/3″ thick (you can also use skirt steak)

Sea salt

– Heavily salt each side of the steak, making sure to rub the salt into the meat

– Let the steak come to room temperature

– Prepare about 3 pounds of hot coals and spread them evenly on your grilling surface in a single layer

– Place the steak directly on the hot coals and sear for 2 minutes on each side

– Remove the steak from the coals and immediately wrap in two layers of foil

– Allow the steak to sit in the foil for another 25 minutes, it will continue to  cook

– Unwrap and serve

– If you prefer your steak more well done, you can put it in the oven at 375 degrees to continue cooking

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