These 12 Grilled Skirt Steak Recipes Bring Big Flavor for Less Money
You know skirt steak as the star of beef fajitas. But this scrumptious cut is no one-hit wonder. Skirt steak is the budget-friendly beef that brings big flavor, particularly when it's marinated and grilled. Try these diverse preparations, and you'll wonder why you ever spent heaps more on the expensive steaks. And don't forget to cut skirt steak against the grain. The meat will be so much more tender.
Grilled Coffee and Cola Skirt Steak
"Skirt steak is the juiciest, most flavorful piece of meat you can put on a grill," says Chef John. With this bitter coffee and sweet cola marinade, the steaks are smoky and subtly sweet. While the steaks are grilling (and then resting for at least 5 minutes), simmer the marinade on the stove, reducing it down to a sauce for spooning over the sliced skirt steak. Watch the video to get some prime skirt steak-grilling tips.
Argentinean Skirt Steaks
Strips of skirt steak are seasoned with adobo seasoning and grilled or pan-fried in butter and olive oil. Dinner's ready in 20. "These skirt steaks are almost too simple to believe," says LauraT, the recipe submitter. "And they turn out great every single time. So tender and flavorful -- you just can't mess them up! The adobo seasoning is salty, so keep that in mind as you season the steaks."
Miso-Glazed Skirt Steak
The miso glaze combines flavorful miso paste with red wine vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, and a dash of cayenne pepper. It's not actually a marinade, so you don't need to soak the steaks in the fridge. Just let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes while you build the fire. Then haul 'em out to the grill.
Grilled Mexican Steak
A Mexican-inspired marinade of toasted cumin seeds, jalapeno peppers, lime juice, cilantro, and olive oil is whirled around in a blender and poured over skirt steaks. "This is a great way to serve skirt or flank steak," says the submitter. "The two-day marinade is worth the wait."
Take 10 minutes in the morning to prep this recipe, then pop it on the grill after work. "Sometimes skirt steak is hard to find," says Boysmom, the recipe submitter. "So if you don't see it out with the other meats, ask your butcher." And if they don't have skirt steak, ask for flank steak. It's a worthy substitution.
Grilled Skirt Steak with Homemade Asian Barbeque Marinade
Make the quick-and-easy Asian BBQ sauce from scratch: brown sugar, rice vinegar, hot chili sauce, orange juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, and garlic. Thin strips of skirt steak only need a 15-minute soak. Then head to the grill.
Authentic Baja-Mexican Street Tacos (Carne Asada)
These Baja-style skirt steak tacos start with an OJ and lime juice based marinade. "On weekend getaways from San Diego to the beaches in Ensenada and Rosarito (Baja California), I found my favorite meal in the delicious soft skirt steak tacos sold by the taqueria street vendors," says Wendy H. "This recipe tastes exactly how I remember them. Top with some freshly squeezed lime juice and spicy salsa if you like."
Marsala Marinated Skirt Steak
Marsala, the slightly sweet fortified wine from Sicily, pairs up with a dollop of ketchup (for its sweet and sour aspect), minced garlic, and rosemary in this super-easy recipe. Let the skirt steak marinate, and then grill over white-hot coals. Dinner's ready in minutes.
Tuscan Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde
Lots of Mediterranean-inspired flavors here with garlic, capers, anchovy, rosemary, thyme, parsley, vinegar, walnuts. "Skirt steak with a Tuscan-inspired marinade is grilled and served with a Mediterrean-style salsa," NickiSizemore. "Use your food processor to quickly prep this delicious savory dish."
Grilled Hoisin Beef
Hoisin sauce makes a great marinade. "Hoisin is a thickened, fermented soy-sauce-like substance, flavored with chilies, garlic, vinegar, sugar, and spices," says Chef John. "And unless you horribly overcook it, this skirt steak is juicy and tender."
Grilled Asparagus Steak Bundles
The recipe was designed for a countertop induction oven. But these steak bundles are equally delicious on an outdoor grill. France C submitted the recipe; she recommends that you "grill the asparagus a few minutes on a medium-high heat grill before assembling the bundles. Then return to the grill for approx. 2 minutes per side over medium heat."
Chef John's Grilled Mojo Beef
This recipe is essentially a composite recipe, the best of many mojos. "This Cuban-inspired mojo marinade would work great as an all-purpose marinade for just about anything destined for the grill, but skirt steak is my top choice," says Chef John. Enjoy on nachos or in quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, or go low-carb with lettuce wraps.