Steaks with Grilled Little Gem Steaks with Grilled Little Gem

Steaks with Grilled Little Gem

Barbecued or grilled flat-iron steaks dusted with a dry rub jerk seasoning and served with warm little gem lettuce drizzled with caster sugar or honey. A great alfresco or outdoor party dish.  A speedy dish that uses only 5 ingredients plus a few store cupboard essentials.

prep time
15 mins

cook time
15 minutes

2 people


  • 2 flat iron steaks (approx.175g/6oz)
  • 10ml/2tsp prepared jerk seasoning or paste
  • 2 little gem lettuces, sliced lengthways
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 10ml/2tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • From the Store Cupboard
  • :30ml/2tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 10ml/2tsp caster sugar or runny honey


To make the dressing for the lettuce; in a small bowl mix together the lemon juice thyme leaves, half the oil and the caster sugar or runny honey. Brush the cut sides of the lettuces with the dressing and set aside.

Coat the steaks with the jerk seasoning or paste and cook under a preheated grill or prepared barbecue, according to your preference. For Rare, 2 minutes on each side, for Medium Rare, 3-4 minutes on each side and for Medium, 5-7 minutes on each side.

Transfer the steaks to a warm plate. Cover and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes. During the last 2-3 minutes of the steak resting time cook the lettuce cut side up (under the grill) or cut side down (on the barbecue).

Arrange the little gem lettuces on a serving plate.  Mix together the remaining oil and herbs, drizzle over the lettuces, add the steak, garnish with extra thyme leaves and serve immediately with flatbreads.


Cooking flat iron steaks to well done is not recommended.