I was in Santa Monica a few years ago, where I ordered a chicken Parmesan that featured a garlic, rosemary, and Marsala-spiked sauce. I loved the subtle sweetness the wine added to the tomato. For whatever reason, I thought of those flavors while brainstorming a quick skirt steak marinade, and this is what happened. Skirt steak is always great on the grill and doesn't need much help, but I love how this came out.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk Marsala wine, ketchup, garlic, kosher salt, rosemary, and black pepper together in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add skirt steak and turn to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and marinate in the refrigerator, 8 hours to overnight.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  • Remove steak from marinade, shake off excess, and discard marinade.

  • Cook steak on the preheated grill until meat shines, 3 to 4 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 130 degrees F (54 degrees C). Transfer meat to a plate and let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing against the grain.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary for the dried rosemary.

Nutrition:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

282 calories; protein 20.5g 41% DV; carbohydrates 11.4g 4% DV; fat 12.2g 19% DV; cholesterol 52.7mg 18% DV; sodium 1183.2mg 47% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2014
Excellent flavor! I have to say I was skeptical about the ingredients for the marinade but Chef John nailed it! My steak marinated for about 10 hours. Once I put the steak on the grill I sauted some sliced mushrooms in butter and then added leftover marinade and reduced it for about 10 minutes to top the steak. Thanks Chef John! I will make this again and again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/15/2015
Well this was just OK. I marinated it for 7 hours and the flavor was SO INTENSE. In the video chef john says he only marinated it for half the time. That may be the key to this recipe. I didn't think it was that bad but my Fam did. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2014
Excellent flavor! I have to say I was skeptical about the ingredients for the marinade but Chef John nailed it! My steak marinated for about 10 hours. Once I put the steak on the grill I sauted some sliced mushrooms in butter and then added leftover marinade and reduced it for about 10 minutes to top the steak. Thanks Chef John! I will make this again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2014
OMG This is an excellent recipe, I used this on a chuck steak grilled med rare. I followed the recipe exact, but the next day i took the left over beef cut it into small pieces then put them in a bowl with flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper then browned the meat in a skillet with olive oil. I then added the mushrooms and onions (also left over) 2 potatoes cut into small pieces 3 carrots and 3 stalks of celery, covered with low sodium beef broth cooked until vegis were done. Great beef stew i will always use this marinade for beef stew, it was perfect. Thank you chef John. What flavor!!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/15/2015
Well this was just OK. I marinated it for 7 hours and the flavor was SO INTENSE. In the video chef john says he only marinated it for half the time. That may be the key to this recipe. I didn't think it was that bad but my Fam did. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/06/2015
I've made this marinated strip steak tonight IT WAS DELICIOUS Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2016
EXCELLENT marinade. I have tried dozens of skirt steak marinade and this is by far the best. I left off the rosemary because my family doesn't care for it. Marinated overnight and grilled 3.5 minutes on each side (it was pretty thick for skirt steak) and it was perfectly rare on the thicker part and medium at the other end. So tender too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2016
I've made this several times with either flank or skirt steak. I marinate it overnight and while it does have a strong flavor I think it's just right. No sauce needed!! I usually use a grill pan on my stove top. Thank you Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2015
Loved it. Only marinated for 4 hours and added a splash of olive oil to the marinade. I only had fresh Rosemary and used about a tablespoon ( fresh is less intense so use more.) Also added a splash of Tabasco. I love a good rare steak but skirt steak in my opinion needs to just be pink inside. Went just over 6 minutes on each side. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2014
I enjoyed the flavor of this. I was SO committed to using skirt steak but then sirloin was buy-1-get-1 free and I couldn't resist that deal. It wasn't the same tenderness I was hoping for when I found myself salivating over the video for this recipe but that's probably my own silly fault for not using the correct cut of meat. However I wonder if I had marinated overnight perhaps the tenderness I was shooting for could've been achieved. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2016
Only change made was used marinara sauce instead of ketchup grilled 3 min ea side wonderful taste. Will definitely make it again. Also great on chicken Served with caprese salad w avocado Read More
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