Pan Fried Flank Steak Recipe

This flank steak recipe is quick and easy for people who just don't have the time to marinate the meat or cook on the grill. This recipe involves using knife pokes that will help break up some of the connective tissue in the meat that makes it so tough.

This Recipe: 4 Servings, Less than 15 minutes to cook, Prepare in under 30 minutes


1 1/2 pound Flank steak
Dry mustard
Softened butter
Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Remove the steak from the refrigerator a short time before cooking so the meat is not cold/hard. Cut any tough connective tissue on the surface of the steak. Using a sharp knife, make small cuts deep into the meat on an angel, about 90% of the way through. Turn the meat over and make knife pokes on the other side avoiding the cuts you made before.
  2. Sprinkle the top of the steak with mustard (preferably dry mustard), freshly ground pepper, salt (if you are not using salted butter) and rub a table spoon of butter all over. Turn the steak over and repeat the above.
  3. Heat your frying pan for high heat before placing your steak. Now place your steak in the frying pan and let it fry for 2-3 minutes until brown. Using tongs, lift up the steak and see if it has nicely browned on the other side, if so flip it over and let it fry for 2-3 minutes. Take the pan away from the heat and let the steak to continue cooking for 5-10 minutes in residual heat. Note If you are not using a cast iron pan, turn the heat down to low.
  4. Using a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the steak check the temperature. You should aim for 125°F for rare, or 130°F for medium rare. Flank steak is best served rare or medium rare to avoid it becoming to dry. Cover the steak with aluminum foil and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Now cut your steak in very thin slices, against the grain on an angel. This will break through the tough muscle fibers. Any juices that have come out during this process or resting should be returned to the pan. Reheat your pan to high heat and deglaze your pan with a little bit of water. Once the water has boiled down, add some butter to create some nice sauce. Place the meat on a serving plate and pour your deglazed pan juices over the meat.

Original recipe by adamwd

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