Bavette Steak (Mexican Grilled Sirloin Flap)

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A Bavette steak with sazon seasoning and fresh pico de gallo is a fantastic summer meal. Make this recipe with a cut of sirloin flap on your grill- it only takes 10 minutes to cook!

thin slices of bavette steak cut from full sirloin

Summertime is about enjoying the great outdoors. For some, that includes cooking fantastic food to share and enjoy with family or friends. 

If I’m doing the cooking, chances are good that the food will be grilled or smoked. I like to make grilled salmon or chicken, Jamaican jerk pork ribs, and of course, steak!  

Whether it’s to make grilled ribeye, bacon wrapped filet mignon, or something else, don’t let the summer slip by without firing up the grill for the best meal ever!

What cut of meat is Bavette steak?

Bavette (a French word meaning bib) refers to any flat cut of beef or pork. Most often, it’s a flap, flank, flat iron, or skirt steak.

In France, sirloin flap meat is known as bavette d’aloyau, which translates to the bib of the sirloin.

Cooking Methods

Due to its thin size, a Bavette steak is good for high heat, quick cooking preparations like grilling and broiling. I think a grill works best, either outdoors or a stovetop grill pan.

For this recipe, I use a cut of sirloin flap, cooking the steak on the grill to medium-rare.

Tenderizing a sirloin flap

uncooked sirloin flap seasoned with spice rub on butcher block cutting board

Not all cuts of beef need to be tenderized, but flap meat does. I use a dry rub of sazon seasoning for this recipe. However, if you’d like to use the sirloin flap for steak fajitas, a dry fajita seasoning works well.

For dishes like carne asada, you don’t need much dry seasoning. This is because the beef is tenderized with a wet carne asada marinade.

Marinating Instructions

  1. Rub sazon seasoning onto both sides of the meat, then place it on a plate or sheet pan and cover it with plastic wrap.
  2. Refrigerate the plate of meat on the bottom shelf to prevent any meat juices from leaking onto nearby food. Allow the meat to marinate for at least 20 minutes. If you’d like to do this step ahead, it will be fine in the fridge for up to 12 hours.

Cooking Bavette Steak on the Grill

overhead image of grilled beef bavette on cutting board

How long to cook a Bavette steak depends on the cut of meat you use. Flank and skirt are relatively lean cuts, so they can be cooked a bit longer than cuts like a sirloin flap.

For flap meat, I recommend cooking to rare or medium-rare, as it tends to be a little chewy otherwise.

Medium-rare steak on the grill preheated to 450°F. typically requires 5 to 6 minutes per side.

Grilling Instructions

  1. For a gas or charcoal grill, set it to preheat to 450°F. If you’ll be using an indoor grill pan, set it to preheat over high heat for about 5 minutes. The pan needs to be smoking hot, as you want the steak to cook as quickly as possible.
  2. Allow the meat to rest. After cooking steak on the grill, be sure to allow the meat to rest for about 10 minutes. This way, the juices can redistribute into the meat rather than running out onto the plate.
close up image of bavette steak cooked to medium-rare

Slicing and Serving

As mentioned earlier, Bavette steak is a long, flat piece of meat. For serving, it’s best to cut the meat into three or four pieces first, slicing with the grain. Then, rotate each of those pieces 90° and cut thin slices against the grain.

The grain is easy to see; it’s the natural lines that run through the meat.

I have some other serving suggestions below, but definitely consider serving this meal with a side of Mexican charro beans or Tex-Mex style slow cooker cowboy beans, and a hasselback potato. For a change from traditional mayo-based sides, go with something healthier, like this delicious barley salad.

closeup: grilled Mexican steak resting on wooden cutting board


How do you tenderize a bavette steak?

Either a dry rub or wet marinade works well with a Bavette cut of steak. The tenderizer or marinating method you use will depend on the recipe you are making.

What side dishes are best with steak on the grill?

Pork or beef steak on the grill is fantastic with sides like baked potatoes or smoked potato salad. Make some grilled corn on the cob (or authentic elote if you’d like!). For a fancier meal, steakhouse creamed spinach and a caesar salad with homemade caesar dressing are perfect.

thin slices of medium-rare flank steak on the grill
Perfectly Grilled Bavette Flank Steak
thin slices of bavette steak cut from full sirloin

Bavette Steak (Cooked on the Grill)

5 from 8 votes
A Bavette steak with sazon seasoning and fresh pico de gallo is a fantastic summer meal. Make this recipe with a cut of sirloin flap on your grill- it only takes 10 minutes to cook!
Servings: 4
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes



  • Season flap steak on both sides with Sazon Seasoning. Let marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to 450°F.
  • Grill meat to your liking, but I recommend keeping this one on the rare side (tends to be a little chewy), 5-6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest on a plate, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  • Divide it into three or four pieces, slicing with the grain, then rotate each of those pieces 90° and slice each piece thinly against the grain. Serve with sauce of choice or Pico de Gallo and warm tortillas.


Calories: 260kcal | Protein: 37g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 497mg | Vitamin A: 14IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Dinners
Cuisine: American, Mexican
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titled Pinterest image shows grilled sirloin flap


Whether in the kitchen or on the grill, you’ll find me cooking American favorites with a love for BBQ, Mexican and Tex Mex. I’m passionate about making tasty food because life’s too short to be bland!

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  1. 5 stars
    This steak was so juicy and so flavorful! One of the family’s new favorites! My daughter made a taco out of this steak and she loved it! Will be making here again!