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Flat Iron Steak with Cauliflower and Arugula

Speedy sauteed cauliflower, Parmesan, and greens flatter tender skillet-cooked beef.

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Source: Everyday Food, November 2007


  • 4 small flat iron steaks (5 to 6 ounces each)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2 1/2 pounds), cored and cut into small florets
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 bunches arugula (about 10 ounces total), thick stems removed
  • 1 ounce Parmesan, shaved with a vegetable peeler (1/4 cup)


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Season steaks with salt and pepper. Place in skillet, and cook until medium-rare, 5 to 6 minutes per side (reduce heat if browning too quickly). Transfer to a cutting board (reserve skillet), and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm.

  2. Add cauliflower, garlic, and 1/2 cup water to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing occasionally, until cauliflower is browned and crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. (If bottom of skillet becomes too dry, add 1/4 cup more water.)

  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice and oil; season with salt and pepper. Add arugula, hot cauliflower, and Parmesan to dressing in bowl; toss (arugula will wilt). Serve steaks and vegetables together; garnish with lemon wedges.

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