Grilled Hoisin Beef


The (underrated) hoisin sauce is a thickened, fermented soy-sauce-like substance, flavored with chilies, garlic, vinegar, sugar, and, of course, exotic spices. It makes a great marinade. And unless you horribly overcook it, this skirt steak is juicy and tender.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 18 mins
2 servings


  • 1 (1 pound) beef skirt steak

  • cup hoisin sauce

  • 3 tablespoons Chinese vinegar (or sherry vinegar)

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 green onion, light parts only, minced

  • Toasted sesame seeds


  1. Whisk hoisin sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, hot sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, garlic, brown sugar, salt, and pepper together in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Cut skirt steak crosswise into about 4 or 5 smaller pieces. Transfer steak into marinade and toss until all pieces are evenly coated. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate; marinate at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours.

  3. Line a baking pan with paper towels. Transfer pieces of steak to the paper towels and mop off some of the marinade.

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

  5. Transfer steak pieces to grill. Cook to medium rare or medium, 4 to 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read between 130 and 135 degrees F (about 54 degrees C). Thinner pieces might finish earlier. Transfer steak to a warm plate. Let rest for a few minutes.

  6. Transfer steak to a warm serving platter and pour any accumulated juices over skirt steak. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

    close up view of Grilled Hoisin Beef garnished with fresh herbs in a white bowl
    Chef John

Chef's Note:

I served this over Savory Coconut Rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

404 Calories
16g Fat
33g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 404
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 2483mg 108%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 495mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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