How to Cook Flank Steak Perfectly

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American


Flank steak is a lean, flavorful, inexpensive cut that feeds a crowd in a hurry. Learn how to cook it right, and it’ll be juicy perfection every time! And while it’s plenty tasty with just salt and pepper, you can definitely add your favorite herbs and spices, a marinade, or a sauce on the side. With flank steak, it’s all good!


Units Scale
  • 2 lb. flank steak, about 1 in. thick
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. pepper


  1. Pat the flank steak dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.

  2. Prepare a grill for direct cooking over medium-high and lightly oil the grate.

  3. When the grate is good and hot, add the steak and cook to an internal temperature of 120°F for rare or 130°F for medium-rare, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

  4. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest about 5 minutes.

  5. Notice the grain or the stripes running lengthwise in the meat. Thinly slice the steak width-wise, across the grain (at a 90° angle to the stripes), and serve.

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