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I bought a piece of shoulder steak. Can I cook it like a london broil - marinating it and then broiling for around fifteen minutes?

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Can I cook it like a london broil - marinating it and then broiling for around fifteen minutes?

London broil is traditionally prepared using flank steak, but the technique works well for other lean/tough cuts. Your shoulder steak may have more connective tissue than one would typically find in a flank or skirt steak, but not so much that most would find it a problem.

Marinating and grilling or broiling along the lines of London broil will work fine, as long as you're prepared to accept the extra gristle. Otherwise, consider a longer braising approach to break down the connective tissue.

For more information, see e.g.:
Shoulder Steak
What is Shoulder Steak? What is it Good For? How do You Cook it?
Which cuts of beef are suitable for slow cooking methods?

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Shoulder steak & London broil are often used interchangeably. I won't bother with technical/pedantic differences, as practically speaking, the exact same cut of meat may be labeled "shoulder steak" at one grocer and "London broil" at another.

So yes, your shoulder steak is what you are used to seeing as London broil. So you can cook it exactly the same. 😁

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  • London broil is traditionally flank steak, not shoulder. Of course, other cuts are sometimes substituted, but it would be definitely wrong to claim that London broil is in fact synonymous with shoulder steak. I wouldn't even go so far as to say the terms are often used interchangeably, though I'm sure it does happen. See e.g. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_broil May 17 at 18:21

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