Brandon Rodgers

James Beard nominated Best Chef of California

Brandt Beef Flat Iron Steaks

Butter roasted with slightly wilted spinach

Brandt Beef Recipe Collection


  • 2 Brandt Beef Flat Iron Steaks
  • 55g (¼ cup) Butter – Unsalted (diced)
  • 2 Crushed garlic cloves
  • Few sprigs of thyme and rosemary
  • Kosher salt
  • Black peppercorn fresh ground from mill
  • Vegetable oil
  • 75g (2 large handfuls) Baby spinach leaf
  • 15g (2 tsp.) Garlic chopped fine
  • ½ Lemon (freshly squeezed)
  • 1g (½ tsp.) Kosher Salt
  • Black peppercorn fresh ground from mill


Step 1

  • Temper steaks at room temperature out of the package for 30 minutes.

Step 2

  • Season with kosher salt and black pepper on all sides.

Step 3

  • Heat the pan until hot and add enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom evenly – not too much.
  • Let the oil get to the smoking point.

Step 4

  • Gently lay the steaks down in the oil. Firmly press the steak to the pan to ensure a contact between the steak and pan.
  • Get a nice sear on one side and flip the steak.

Step 5

  • Add butter, garlic, rosemary and thyme to the pan and remove the steaks from the pan.

Step 6

  • Brown butter. (cook out all the moisture from butter until the milk solids begin to brown and smell nutty)

Step 7

  • Place steaks back in the pan and finish cooking. Approx. 3-5 minutes while basting (spooning the brown butter over the meat).

Step 8

  • Rest meat for 5 minutes.
  • While meat is resting, begin to slightly wilt the spinach.

Step 9

  • Remove ½ - ¾ of the butter in the pan so that you have a small layer at the bottom of the pan.
  • Add chopped garlic and begin to sweat it out. Roughly 30 sec. – 1 min. over medium heat.
  • Turn heat off.

Step 10

  • Add spinach and season with salt and pepper. Squeeze lemon.
  • Toss the spinach in the brown butter and garlic to coat it (“dress it”).

Note: the spinach is not fully cooked, rather slightly wilted and warm.


  • Slice steak across the grain.
  • Serve spinach on the side.
  • Enjoy with Plum BBQ sauce.