Flank steak
Cuts of beef
Typecut of beef

Flank steak is a cut of beef steak taken from the abdominal muscles of the cow, located just behind the plate and in front of the rear quarter. It is a long, flat cut with a significant grain, and is known for its bold flavor and chewiness.


Raw aged flank steak, with the cover layer of fat removed from the steak on the right

In Brazil, it is called bife do vazio or pacú (many people confuse with fraldinha, which is actually the flap steak).[1] It is very appreciated in south Brazil[by whom?], specifically in Rio Grande do Sul state. The cut is also common in Colombia, where they call it sobrebarriga ("over the belly"); sobrebarriga a la brasa is a Colombian recipe for braised flank steak.[2] Argentina, Uruguay call flank steak churrasquito de vacío or bife de vacío. In Spain and Cuba, it is known as filete de falda.


Grilled marinated flank steak

Flank steak is used in a variety of dishes including London broil and as an alternative to the traditional skirt steak in fajitas. It can be grilled, pan-fried, broiled, or braised for increased tenderness. Grain (meat fibre) is very apparent in flank steaks, as it comes from a well-exercised part of the cow, and many chefs cut across the grain to make the meat more tender. It is frequently used in Asian cuisine, often sold in Chinese markets as "stir-fry beef", and is served in French cuisine as an at most medium-rare steak. Flank also serves as a common cut for steak jerky.

See also


  1. ^ "Qual a diferença entre Fraldinha e Bife do Vazio?". 28 July 2017.
  2. ^ Miller, Bryan (n.d.). "Sobrebarriga a la Brasa (Flank steak Colombian-style)". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 September 2021.