What is Flap Steak?

If you love the deep beefy flavor and an extraordinary taste, flap steak should be on your list of favorite cuts. It is one of the toughest yet tastiest cuts of meat you will ever try.

If you find yourself asking, “What is flap steak,” this is the perfect post for you. For those who are unfamiliar with it or have never tried cooking it at home, you are in for a treat.

What Exactly Is Flap Steak?

Flap steak is a beef steak cut, tougher than other cuts, but you can tenderize it by slow cooking and marinating it. One of the reasons people love flap steak is that you can prepare it in various ways. Whether you want it roasted, grilled, seared, or broiled, the steak won’t lose its tasteful beefy flavor.

Many use it to make fajita strips or marinated steaks. It is also an excellent choice for bistro steaks, Mexican grilled meats, and Asian stir-fries recipes.

Don’t confuse flap for a hanger steak. Although both look thin and long, with fat between the muscles, they are different cuts.

Other Names for Flap Steak

Due to its popularity in London, many people know flap steak as the London Broil. However, some stores also use the term “London Broil” to describe top round cuts, so before you buy it, you need to know what it looks like to ensure you are getting the right cut of meat. If necessary, ask the person at the meat counter to show which one is a flap steak.

Besides London Broil, two other terms are Jiffy steak and steak fillet. In Spain, they call it “Arrachera,” and in France, flap steak is known as “Bavette.”

Flap Steak vs. Flank Steak

While these meat cuts are close to one another, there are significant differences in marbling and price. Both are fine steaks and, for some recipes, are interchangeable, and you can’t spot any difference between them.

Because flap steak has more marbling than flank, it can be a bit tough for the grill. If you love grilling on a Sunday, you can first marinate the meat in lime to preserve the flavor.

The fattier marbling is more buttery and softer than the flank. You can use a flap steak in almost any recipe that calls for a flank steak because it is cheaper.

Where Does Flap Steak Come from on the Cow

The flap steak comes from the bottom sirloin butt (below the sirloin tip and the loin). It sits in the abdominal area of the cow, near the bottom. It helps the animal walk and twist, meaning it is an active muscle.

What Does Flap Steak Taste Like?

Flap steak has an intensive beefy flavor, and if you are a fan of it, you will love it. However, for some, it can be a little tough.

The way you cook the flap steak impacts the overall taste. For example, some add more salt, pepper, and seasonings to minimize the beefy flavor.

Where to Buy Flap Steak

You would assume that because flap steak is a good-quality cut and cheaper than others, it will be easier to find. However, not many supermarkets and butchers offer this steak.

The best way to get it is to place an online order and have it delivered to your home address.

Cooking Methods 

What is flap steak, and how do you cook it? Well, there are two cooking options – you can either simmer it by braising the meat or cook it fast at a medium temperature. The idea is to break down the tissues by cutting the steak into thin slices.

How to Cut Flap Meat Against the Grain

Slicing with the grain into pieces is easier than you think. All you need to do is cut the steak into pieces as long as wide as you want. Then, slice the pieces thinly across the grain and, if necessary, flip each piece onto another for better results.

The point is for those coarse grain pieces to cook evenly and be easier to chew.

Nutrition & Calories

Flap steaks are excellent zinc, iron, B vitamins, and phosphorus sources, and they are also high in protein. On average, a 3-ounce portion of steak has approximately 30 grams of protein. A portion of flap steak has between 280-300 calories.

3 Flap Steak Recipes to Try

#1. Grilled or Pan Fried

Allow the flap steak to soak in a marinade for 8-10 hours. Next, put the steak on a grill or in an oiled skillet to fry it. Cook quickly, on high heat, until you notice the meat turning brown. Make sure to cook the meat on each side for a better taste.

#2. Fajitas

Flap steak is an excellent choice for fajitas. Again, you can soak the steak in marinade, cut it into thin strips and add a sauce of your choice. Serve it with vegetables, rice, or potatoes.

#3. Beef Sandwich

Flap steak is also delicious when pan-fried, so this is probably the best way if you want a quick meal. Once you fry it for a couple of minutes, slice the steak and make a beef sandwich.

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About the author

Adam can tell you the difference between a flank steak and skirt steak and any other cut of meat. He loves sharing his knowledge of steaks with everyone, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time.