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how to cook skirt steak (4 steps)



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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total: 10 minutes

Servings: 6

Cost: $0.85 /serving


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Step 1

TENDERIZE THE MEAT: Since skirt steak can be a little tough, tenderize it to optimize its texture. You can either buy the skirt steak already tenderized, or tenderize it yourself.

Step 2

Here's how: Place steak on a cutting board, cover with plastic wrap (or place in a plastic bag), and pound VERY WELL with a hammer, frying pan or equivalent to about 1/2 inch thick.

Step 3

I mean, pound, pound, and pound... Don't be shy!!! This step can make a huge difference whether you end up with a tough or a tender steak. Let chilled meat sit for about 20-30 minutes at room temperature before cooking.

Step 4

COOK SKIRT STEAK WITH COARSE SALT: Although a marinade or rub can be used to enhance the flavor and make the meat more tender, coarse salt is always the best option.

Step 5

It also serves to seal the meat, and prevents it from losing its juiciness and drying out. To cook skirt steak, place about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of coarse salt on a large cast-iron griddle (flat side of the griddle without the grill marks), spreading it into a thin layer.

Step 6

Why? It dissolves while the steak cooks, and seasons it just right. Then, heat the griddle on medium-high heat over a large burner. When griddle is sizzling hot (don't worry when salt burns a bit), place one steak (LIGHTLY brushed on both sides with vegetable oil) at a time on top of the coarse salt.

Step 7

Let meat get a good sear for about 2-3 minutes on one side, and then flip over and let cook for about 1-2 minutes on the other side (for rare to medium-rare).

Step 8

Using a metal spatula, gently scrub off from the top of the steak any excess salt which has not melted. Use more salt to cook the other steak (also brushed with oil) if necessary.

Step 9

LET STEAK REST: Place cooked steak on a cutting board and let rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Step 10

This prevents the juices from leaking out and leaving the meat tougher. If desired, sprinkle liberally with black pepper and squeeze lime on top of the steaks (although optional, these make meat taste even more delicious).

Step 11

SLICE STEAK AGAINST THE GRAIN: First, identify which direction the fibers are running through the steak.

Step 12

Then, using a sharp knife, cut the meat against the grain (crosswise to the fibers) into bite-sized strips. Serve skirt steak strips by themselves or accompanied by CHIMICHURRI SAUCE.

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