How to Carve a Flat Iron Steak


Flat iron steak, also known as a flat blade, top chuck steak or a butler steak, is a cut of beef taken from above the shoulder bone of a cow. Commonly a thin cut, a flat iron tastes the best when grilled, pan seared or broiled rare to medium. A well done flat iron will have a tough texture and may be difficult to cut. Learn how to carve a flat iron steak to maximize the tender texture of this cut.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Lay the cooked steak on a cutting board and let the meat rest for five minutes. This will allow the flat iron to retain its juices and stay tender.

  • Trim off the ends. Use a sharp knife with a flat blade to make two thin cuts along the short ends of the steak. Discard the ends.

  • Cut the steak in 1/2-inch pieces across the grain of the steak. Cutting across the grain will make the steak more tender and easier to eat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear a cutting glove to avoid hand injuries.


  • "How to Squeeze a Lemon: 1,023 Kitchen Tips, Food Fixes, and Handy Techniques"; Fine Cooking Magazine; 2010
  • "Gardener's Community Cookbook"; Victoria Wise; 1998
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