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Sizzle & Smoke Flat Iron Steaks

Smoked paprika and chipotle pepper give this version of blackened steak a spicy, Southwestern flair. To cool things off, add a salad of leafy greens with fruit and cheeses. —Denise Pounds, Hutchinson, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 pounds beef flat iron steaks or top sirloin steak (3/4 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Lime wedges, optional


  • Combine seasonings; rub over steaks. In a large skillet, cook beef in butter over medium-high heat for 30 seconds on each side. Reduce heat to medium; cook steaks for 5-7 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°).
  • Cut into slices; serve with lime wedges if desired.
Nutrition Facts
3-3/4 ounce-weight: 305 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 725mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • No_Time_To_Cook
    May 15, 2020

    Really liked it.. I used a 1/2 tsp salt instead of a full teaspoon. I did everything else exactly like the recipe. Served with Southwestern Rice.

  • Laur39
    May 27, 2014

    Very good. I had to slightly modify the seasoning a bit (did not add salt or pepper) but still turned out great. Also, the cut I got was a little thick, but still worked out great, slightly tender, but not leather or tough as some have written. It really depends on how long you cook your steak. Pair it with a cucumber, red onion, tomato and cilantro with a splash of Italian dressing really eases the kick from the spices.

  • judybarnes
    Sep 5, 2013

    The trick to Flat Iron Steak is to cut thin & definitely cut ACROSS the grain. Then it melts in your mouth.

  • debbiegross
    Oct 17, 2012

    I meant to type tough :/

  • debbiegross
    Oct 17, 2012

    Delicious & Easy! I have given this recipe to several friends, and they loved it as much we did. I noticed someone posted that it was not tender...I cut the slices thin and have never had a touch bite yet.

  • kitzer
    Jun 7, 2012

    I cannot imagine how anyone can use the word 'tender' to describe this!!A description that is more suitable is'Fine Corinthian LEATHER'!!Or 'Three Bubble Gum Balls'!

  • hsferre
    May 17, 2012

    Great flavor, tender & juicy. Would definitely make again. Minted Cucumber Salad is a great side choice - flavors compliment each other perfectly!

  • coldcreek
    Apr 19, 2012

    Tender and perfectly seasoned