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Grilling flat-iron steaks - grass-fed

lisavf Jun 25, 2011 10:15 AM

I've never cooked grass-fed beef before, so this is my jumping-off point. I bought two flat-iron steaks this morning from the farmer, and they are from 100% grass-fed cattle. His only advice was to cook it for less time than corn-fed beef. Can anyone offer me any other hints/tips to successfully grill these steaks? I'll be aiming for medium-rare. They are not very thick, maybe 1/2 to 3/4 inch. If they were grocery store steaks, I'd season them with S&P and grill them 4-5 minutes per side. Two minutes per side just seems like it's not really cooking at all! Should I marinate them? Anything else I should take into consideration?

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    escondido123 RE: lisavf Jun 25, 2011 11:19 AM

    Maybe I'm missing something, but I treat grass-fed beef like any beef. For a flat iron steak I would grill it rare either way and how long that would take would depend upon the heat of your grill, distance to heat etc. 5 minutes a side for half inch sounds like well done to me.

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      magiesmom RE: lisavf Jun 25, 2011 12:16 PM

      I would marinate them and cook about three minutes first side and two second side if the grill is very hot.

      1. ipsedixit RE: lisavf Jun 25, 2011 12:52 PM

        They are no different than corn-fed beef.

        If the butcher said to cook it for less time, then it is most likely because the grass-fed beef you bought has less intramuscular fat, or marbling. If that's true, then, yeah, cut down on the cooking time.

        1. lisavf RE: lisavf Jun 25, 2011 01:18 PM

          All right. Well, thanks everyone. I guess I had a false perception about cooking grass-fed beef.

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            ipsedixit RE: lisavf Jun 25, 2011 01:19 PM

            Just be warned. It will taste different.

            Whether you think it tastes "better" will be entirely a personal thing.

            Good luck and enjoy.

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            gregtooke RE: lisavf Jun 29, 2011 11:29 AM

            They will taste different. I like the taste. Cooking is really no different though. Grilling isn't my favorite way to cook a steak. I'm an iron skillet guy, but I wrote a grilling piece a while back...http://www.cookperfectsteaks.com/How-...

            Enjoy. You're in for a treat!

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              suziezim RE: lisavf Jul 13, 2013 11:20 AM

              I like it best if marinated overnight in olive oil and some fresh garlic sliced up. When you grill, wipe a bit of the oil off season with your favorite spices and grill about 6 minutes per side. . Less if a thin cut. This is for about a 1 inch. And for med rare

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