Grilled Mojo-Marinated Skirt Steak

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Grilled Mojo-Marinated Skirt Steak
  • Yield:Serves 4
  • Active time:15 minutes
  • Total time:1 1/2 hours
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Mojo-Marinated Skirt Steak

Garlicky, citrusy skirt steak is served alongside smoky paprika potatoes. [Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Skirt steak, with its coarse texture and hearty grain is a great cut for marinating, particularly when the marinade is a garlicky mix of lime and orange juice. As it chars over a hot flame, the interior ends up buttery-rich. Serve this steak with grilled potato wedges for a complete meal.

Why this recipe works:

  • Skirt steak is a particularly good cut for marinated, with its heavy grain and ability to pick up flavors.
  • Cooking over very high heat maximizes the nice charred crust, while still helping the center of the steak maintain a buttery, medium-rare to medium, melt-in-your-mouth texture.

About the author: Jennifer Olvera is a veteran food and travel writer and author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago." Follow her on Twitter @olverajennifer.


  • For the Steak:
  • 2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 tablespoons juice from about 2 limes, plus 1 extra lime for serving
  • 1/4 cup juice from 1 orange
  • 2/3 cup olive oil, divided
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves and fine stems


  1. 1.

    Place skirt steak a resealable bag and add lime and orange juices, 1/3 cup olive oil, garlic, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Seal and squish around to combine. Place in the refrigerator to marinate at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

  2. 2.

    When ready to cook, Remove meat from the refrigerator. Remove from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Transfer marinade to a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until reduced by half.

  3. 3.

    Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over half of coal grate. Alternatively, set half the burners of a gas grill to high heat. Set cooking grate in place, cover gill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

  4. 4.

    Place skirt steak on hot side of grill and cook, flipping occasionally, until well-charred and an instant-read thermometer inserted into their center registers 115°F to 120°F for medium-rare or 125°F to 130°F for medium. Transfer steak to a large plate, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

  5. 5.

    Slice steak against the grain, drizzle with pan sauce and sprinkle with cilantro. Cut extra lime into wedges and serve with steak.

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