When you want a delicious steak dinner in cold weather, don't run out to the grill. Instead make it with a cast iron skillet for a perfect sear and flavor. Topped with a pan gravy, this recipe is the definition of comfort food. You'll love this easy recipe for Flank Steak with Pan Gravy.
What is a flank steak
Flank steak is a long, flat cut of steak that is commonly used for fajitas, london broil and pan searing. The grain is very apparent in flank steak, which when cut across the grain means for a tender bite of steak. This cut of meat can handle a lot of seasoning as it naturally has a good amount of flavor. My favorite way to prepare this cut it to cook it in a cast iron skillet.
How to use a Cast Iron Skillet
Cast iron skillets are one of the most versatile cooking equipment. Here are a few reasons you'll want to get a cast iron skillet.
- They retain heat well, which ensures even cooking
- Cast iron skillets are known for getting a good sear on meats
- Naturally nonstick
- Easy care
- Lifetime use
- Ability to go from stovetop to oven
I use my Lodge cast iron skillet for almost all of my steaks. This skillet cost less that 30 dollars and with good care, will last a lifetime. Cast iron is an investment worth making!
How to make a pan gravy
To make a pan gravy, you'll want to use the same pan your meat cooked in. Remove the pan from heat. While the pan is still warm, add in 2 Tbsp of butter and let melt. Whisk in 2 tbsp of flour. Stir in 1 Cup of beef broth and return pan to a low heat. Continue stirring the gravy to get up all of the browned bits from the pan. Continue stirring until gravy has thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Make it a meal
- Garlic Chive Mashed Potatoes
- Balsamic Glazed Carrots
- Stovetop Mac and Cheese
- Homestyle Mashed Red Potatoes
- Roasted Root Vegetables
- Homestyle Mashed Potatoes
- More Side Dishes
- More Beef Dinners
Flank Steak with Pan Gravy
- 1 ½ Pounds Flank Steak
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 2 Tbsp Flour
- 1 Cup Beef Broth
- Season steak generously with salt and pepper.
- Heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan. Add steak and sear for 4-5 minutes per side. Remove steak from pan and let rest.
- Turn down heat to a low setting. Add garlic to pan and cook for a minute or two.
- Add butter and let melt. Whisk in flour until fully combined. Stir in beef broth, making sure to scarpe up all browned bits from pan for the sauce. Continue cooking until sauce is thickened. Season to taste with salt, pepper and fresh thyme. Serve over steak and enjoy!
ok, so I don't remember what was happening here, but that face is gold!