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a blue and white platter filled with grilled skirt steak with a bowl of salad on the side
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5 from 3 votes

Grilled Skirt Steak

Tender, juicy grilled skirt steak is one of my favorite easy dinners options. This super versatile recipe can be used in so many different ways like wrapped up in tacos or topped with a flavor-packed chimichurri sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 419kcal


  • 2 lb skirt steak
  • 2-3 tbsp high-heat cooking oil avocado, canola, grapeseed
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • kosher salt


  • Use kitchen shears or a sharp knife to trim away any excess fat or connective tissue then pat the steak dry with a clean paper towel.
  • Whisk together the oil, cumin, smoked paprika, black pepper, and a generous pinch of salt. Coat the steak with the marinade. Make sure that the entire surface of the meat is coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or up to 12 hours.
  • Preheat a grill over high heat. You can use a stove-top grill pan or outdoor gas/charcoal grill. Grill the steak for 3-4 minutes, undisturbed on each side.
  • Let the steak rest for 10 minutes, then thinly slice, against the grain. Serve immediately!


What is skirt steak?
  • Skirt Steak is a long, narrow steak cut from the ribs of the cow. It’s quick-cooking making it perfect for high-heat grilling. It’s the go-to cut of steak for fajitas and carne asada.
How do I know if my skirt steak is cooked?
  • Skirt steak is very thin, which can make it hard to control doneness. Once both sides are golden brown you can be sure it's cooked to medium. Practice makes perfect.
Storing Leftovers: 
  • Leftover steak can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat in a preheated 350F oven for 5-10 minutes.


Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 729mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 899IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 5mg