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Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak

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If you are looking for a great steak recipe, this marinated grilled skirt steak is perfect.

I have been playing around with different cuts of steak recently. My newest favorite is skirt steak. If you know how to cook it and cut it right, it will become your new favorite too. I even use this cut of steak in my Grilled Steak Alfredo as well and it is amazing.

This skirt steak recipe is placed in a simple marinade with some everyday kitchen spices and then grilled on high heat for a total of about 8 minutes and then sliced against the grain. Make sure to slice against the grain so that the muscle fibers in the steak are not tough. Against the grain makes it tender and easy to chew.

This good marinade gives it the most tender flavor you will ever taste. Of course, your cut of meat and where you buy it is important too. I've been buying a lot of local meat lately and I am so proud of the flavor and the cut itself.

The Perfect Marinade

Whenever you are making steak, if you have time to marinate it first, that will always help break down the meat so that when you cook it, it gets super tender.

I learned this when I took a beef cooking class online.

Place everything in a freezer bag and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. If I have extra time, I will let it sit for longer but 30 minutes is enough time.

For this marinade, you will need —

  • Olive oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil
  • Worcestershire sauce (you can also use soy sauce if you prefer)
  • vinegar (you can also swap this out for balsamic vinegar or lemon juice)
  • cayenne pepper
  • garlic powder
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • salt and black pepper

Place everything in the bag, and add your skirt steak. Let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. This thin cut of meat is my favorite for recipes like tacos, salads, and more.

Grill the Skirt Steak

When you get ready to grill, remove it from the bag place it on your hot grill, and cook for about 3-5 minutes per side. You can use a gas grill or a charcoal grill. I like to cook my cut of meat over direct heat.

If you have an indoor grill you can use that also.

Throw the excess marinade away. You will not need that.

If you do not want to cook outside on the grill, you can grill it inside using a grill pan over medium-high heat.

Do not cook this cut of meat well done. Cook it either medium rare or medium. Do not go any further or you may find it a little on the chewy side. To make sure you are cooking it to the right temperature, be sure to use a meat thermometer and check the internal temperature of the meat.

I like to cook mine at 125 degrees. I would not go over 130 degrees. Once the meat is done let it rest to room temperature before slicing it into thin slices. This gives the juices time to evenly distribute through the meat.

This steak has great flavor and can be used in so many amazing ways.

You can serve this steak for tacos, on a plate with a delicious side of these Everything Bagel Roasted Sweet Potatoes, or you can top it with my easy chimichurri sauce. I like to sprinkle on some red pepper flakes for a little heat.

When I serve this cut of steak with tacos, I like to place them in this fun taco holder.

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Yield: 1 skirt steak

Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak

Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak

This easy skirt steak dish will be on the table in no time flat.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 skirt steak
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of Worchestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper


  1. Remove the skirt steak from the package and if it still has the white membrane on the back, peel and remove. This will make your meat more tender when grilling.
  2. Put all the spices listed above into a ziplock bag and then add in your skirt steak. Seal the bag.
  3. Push the steak around in the spices until the steak is coated. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to marinate.
  4. Heat your grill until hot.
  5. Remove the steak from the bag and place it on the hot grill and cook 3-6 minutes per side until the meat is cooked medium rare (130 degrees). You can cook to medium (135-140). I would not cook it any longer than that.
  6. Remove from the grill and allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Cut the steak in half and then slice against the grain for the most tender cut of meat.
  7. Enjoy with a sauce or on tacos.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 455mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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Saturday 8th of June 2024

We have been grilling for decades! Before skirt steak became expensive. We would find it in the discount meat section all the time! It's such a flavorful cut of meat. And this looks so delicious!!

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 10th of June 2024

It is. And I hate the fact that now it is a little more expensive, but this day and age, all cuts of meat are higher in price.


Saturday 1st of June 2024

This looks succulent and delicious--and we have a new grill!

Jennifer Sikora

Tuesday 4th of June 2024

That is awesome. Hope you enjoy!

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