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Jimmy Lee's Teriyaki Flank Steak

Updated on December 31, 2022
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I am an unabashed carnivore who loves beef and seafood. I will try and guide you to some good options for seafood or meat.

5 stars from 1 rating of Teriyaki Flank Steak

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours 30 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 2 hours 45 min
Yields: 4

Whats's the Beef? Flank Steak or Flatiron?

Flank steak used to be a cut commonly found in the supermarket. But it's now so popular with restaurants buying it for fajitas, that you can only find them at specialty butchers or even online. On occasion I might see a flank steak or two in the case and think it was a freak order. Usually, they run about $14 a pound.

Flank steak was once considered one of the "cheap" cuts. With the explosion of Tex-Mex places serving Fajitas, this cut of meat is now rarely found in the market, at least in my part of the country. When you do find it, this cut of meat is expensive. This steak can be made with a cheaper alternative that many supermarkets call a flatiron steak. In the UK, it may be known as Butler's steak or oyster blade steak in Australia.

Supposedly the flatiron steak was one "discovered" by agriculture students at The University of Nebraska and the University of Florida when trying to find more of the animal that could go to steaks or roasts instead of hamburger. It is now officially in the North American Meat Processor (NAMP) meat buyers guide, it is item #1114D Beef Shoulder, Top Blade Steak.

One trait of these steaks is a lot of marbling which makes for good flavor, and they are cut with the grain which makes them tender.

I figure 2 steaks will feed 4. Increase the number of steaks to feed more people. These do also vary in weight so keep that in mind for buying for a group.


  • 2 flank steak or flatiron steak
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 4-6 pineapple slices
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, I like Kikkoman low sodium
  • 1/4 cups teriyaki sauce, I use Kikkoman
  • 1 clove garlic,, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp lemon juice


  1. Combine all ingredients except steaks and pineapple to make marinade. Mix well and pour over steaks. Marinate 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Cook steaks in large skillet and brush with rest of marinade while cooking. Brown, and add pineapple during last few minutes. You can also use a broiler, then when the steaks are cooked to the desired temperature I add the pineapple to brown them for a minute or two.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Mike Bouska


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