the flank cut

beef cut diagram: flank

If you’re in search of a good, all-purpose cut of beef, look no further than the flank cut. It’s fine for grilling, broiling, sautéing, or roasting. Another plus: Flank is an inexpensive, boneless cut with lots of beefy flavor.

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flank meat

Flank meat comes from the animal’s abdomen, below the loin and sirloin. This primal cut is long and flat. The area contains a lot of muscle, used when the steer walks, so flank meat can prove tough if not marinated or cooked properly.


Flank meat is quite lean. If there is fat on the cut, that is an indication it was not trimmed correctly. This lack of fat means some tenderizing is needed. Because it is so thin, it absorbs marinade exceptionally well. Too many consumers overlook this versatile cut because it is so thin.


It is sometimes referred to as “jiffy steak” due to its quick grilling time. In France, it is known as Bavette steak.

what is flank meat good for?

Unlike other primal beef cuts, flank meat is not divided into smaller cuts, but cooked whole. When carving, slice flank meat thinly, against the grain. Due to its thin cut and cheap price, flank meat is frequently overlooked as a good steak source. However, it is the cut used for London broil. The difference between flank steak and London broil lies in the cooking. The former is cooked whole, while the latter is cut into large sections prior to cooking.


While flank steak is similar to skirt steak, there are differences. Flank meat cuts are flatter and have more muscle fibers in them.  One simple way to tell the difference is by color. Flank steak is a much brighter red than skirt steak. That’s due to the large amount of blood flowing to this section of the anatomy.


Besides London broil, flank steak is a good choice for fajitas, Moo Shu beef, beef tacos, and steak wraps. Many Asian beef recipes call for this cut. Steak jerky is often made from the flank meat cut. If you have leftovers, thin slices make great steak sandwiches, whether served hot or cold.

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If you are not always certain about what cuts of beef are best for your purposes, learn more about your favorites with our guide to beef cuts.

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