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Skirt Steak

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

Specialized Hardware

  • Blender
  • Charcoal chimney
  • Blow dryer


  • 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.