An acidic marinade of lime juice, soy sauce, and garlic not only gives this cheap cut of beef extra flavor, it turns it into a tender steak. Without question, this is my favorite Good Eats meat application of all time. This recipe first appeared in Season 7 of Good Eats.
ACTIVE TIME: 12 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 27 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 4 scallions, washed and halved
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar or Mexican brown sugar
- 2 pounds inside skirt steak, cut into 3 equal pieces
Combine the oil, soy sauce, scallions, garlic, lime juice, red pepper, cumin, and sugar in a blender carafe and puree. Place skirt steak in a large heavy duty, zip-top bag and pour in marinade. Seal bag, removing as much air as possible. Allow steak to marinate for at least 1 hour in refrigerator.
Fire up one chimney starter or natural lump charcoal. When the coals are white and ashy, distribute them evenly in a charcoal grill.
Remove the steak from the bag and pat dry with paper towels. Using a blow dryer, blow charcoal clean of ash. Immediately lay the steaks directly onto the hot coals and cook 1 minute per side. When finished cooking, wrap meat in a double layer of aluminum foil and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
Remove meat from foil, reserving foil and juices. Slice thinly across the grain and return to foil pouch and toss with juice. Serve with grilled peppers and onions, if desired.