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How to Grill Skirt Steak

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 1 hour 6 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


With my Skirt Steak Recipe, you can create a delicious and juicy meal that your family and friends will love.




  • 2 pounds skirt steak
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil


  • Charcoal grill
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Chimney starter
  • Grill tongs
  • Meat thermometer


  1. Start by preparing your charcoal grill. Fill the bottom of the grill with charcoal briquettes and light them using a chimney starter. Wait until the coals are hot and covered in white ash before continuing.
  2. While the coals are heating up, season the skirt steak with salt and pepper on both sides. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the steak and rub it into the meat.
  3. Once the coals are hot, use grill tongs to spread them out evenly across the bottom of the grill. You want a hot fire with an even layer of coals.
  4. Place the seasoned skirt steak directly over the hot coals. Grill the steak for 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare, or until the internal temperature of the steak reaches 135°F (57°C) on a meat thermometer.
  5. Once the steak is cooked to your desired level of doneness, remove it from the grill using tongs and transfer it to a cutting board. Let it rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.
  6. After the steak has rested, slice it against the grain into thin strips. Serve immediately with your favorite sides. Top with chimichurri if you wish. 


  • Marinate the steak: This is the simplest recipe for grilling skirt steak, sometimes it is a great idea to marinate it. You can buy pre-made marinade to make one at home. Skirt steak is a tougher cut of meat, so it benefits from marinating. A simple marinade of olive oil, garlic, lime juice, and spices can do wonders for the flavor and texture of the steak.
  • Bring the steak to room temperature: Before grilling, let the skirt steak sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour. This will ensure that the steak cooks evenly.
  • Don't overcook the steak: Skirt steak is best cooked to medium-rare or medium. Overcooking the steak will result in a tough and chewy texture. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the steak.
  • Let the steak rest: After cooking, let the skirt steak rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more flavorful and tender steak.
  • Slice against the grain: Skirt steak has long muscle fibers, so it's important to slice against the grain to ensure tender and juicy slices. Look for the direction of the grain and slice perpendicular to it.
  • Serve with a flavorful sauce: Skirt steak pairs well with a variety of flavorful sauces, such as chimichurri, salsa verde, or a balsamic reduction. Drizzle the sauce over the sliced steak just before serving.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Latin