Skirt Steak with Red Miso\u00a0

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[Photographs: Caroline Russock]

Miso paste is becoming a serious multi-tasker in my kitchen. Whisked into a vinaigrette, it brings mixed greens to life; stirred into melted butter, it makes a gorgeous dressing for asparagus. And, on the meat side, I found out it makes a great marinade for beef.

This Skirt Steak with Red Miso adapted from The Japanese Grill by Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono brings together a whole host of savory ingredients (garlic, miso, and tobanjan, a chili soy bean paste) for an over the top marinade that could work with nearly any cut of meat. Salat and Ono have opted for skirt steak, a thin but super beefy cut that cooks quickly and marinates like a dream. This particular steak reaches medium-rare in just about 3 minutes per side, while the flames of the grill caramelize the miso marinade, giving the steak a crunchy, charred crust.

Reprinted with permission from The Japanese Grill by Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono. Copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

Skirt Steak with Red Miso 

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:15 minutes plus at least 1 hour marinating time
Special equipment:Grill


  • 5 cloves garlic, finely grated
  • 6 tablespoons red miso
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 1 tablespoon tobanjan (chili bean sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 pounds skirt steak, extra fat trimmed off, cut into 4 equal pieces 


  1. 1

    To make the marinade, mix together the garlic, red miso, mirin, sake, tobanjan, and sugar in a bowl. Pour the marinade into a baking dish or rimmed sheet pan. Lay the skirt steak in the marinade and flip it 4 times to generously coat all over. Marinate the steak for 1 hour at room temperature, turning once.

  2. 2

    Preheat a grill to medium-hot. Grill the skirt steak about 3 minutes per side, to medium-rare. The steak might stick to the grill because of the miso, so ease it off carefully. (A bit of charred miso adds wonderful flavor and fragrance.) Test for doneness using “The ‘Nick-and-Peek’ Method.” Let the skirt steak rest for 2 minutes and serve.

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