Grilled skirt steak is one of my favorite weeknight dinners. It’s ready fast, and I can make the chimichurri sauce in advance, saving me precious time.
I make this recipe quite often. I love skirt steak – it’s such a flavorful cut of meat. And I love how easy this recipe is. Plus, leftovers are great the next day in a salad!
How to make the chimichurri sauce
The ingredients needed to make chimichurri sauce are:
- Chopped parsley
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Fresh lemon juice
- Minced garlic
- Crushed red pepper
- Kosher salt
The exact measurements and the detailed instructions are listed in the recipe card below. It’s very easy to make this sauce! You simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
You can mix it in advance and keep it in the fridge. Just remember to remove it from the fridge 30 minutes before you plan to eat. You don’t want to pour cold sauce on your hot steak! And give it one more stir before using.
How to make grilled skirt steak
The steak itself is even easier to prepare than the sauce. All it needs are kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a few minutes on the grill.
I use a dual-contact George Foreman grill. So I can make this recipe anytime, regardless of the weather. And it’s ready even faster than on a regular grill.
But you can obviously use any grill you like, including an outdoor grill or a grill pan that you use on the stovetop.
Like most steaks, and especially tougher cuts, this one is best cooked to medium-rare (although the USDA would disagree).
But if you prefer to grill the skirt steak a little longer, medium doneness is OK. This cut is a fattier cut than, say, London broil. So it doesn’t dry out as quickly as leaner cuts.
Should I bring the meat to room temperature?
There’s no need to remove the steak from the fridge and bring it to room temperature prior to grilling.
This particular beef cut is so thin, and cooks so fast, that cooking it cold actually helps prevent overcooking.
How to slice a grilled skirt steak
The only thing you need to pay attention to is how you slice the cooked steak.
You should slice it against the grain, a method that cuts the tough fibers of the meat and makes it tender rather than tough and chewy. Here’s a good video that shows how to do it.
Is this a healthy recipe?
As for the meat, current dietary advice is to limit it. But fresh unprocessed beef is very nutritious.
As long as one doesn’t overindulge, or have a specific issue that requires them to limit saturated fat (which is generally not harmful), I believe that red meat does have a place in a healthy diet.
Of course, you can always opt for chicken or seafood instead.
What side dishes go with grilled skirt steak?
Almost anything goes. It’s a truly versatile main dish. Since I cook it on the grill, I like to serve it with grilled vegetables, such as:
What about leftovers?
Keep leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to four days. Reheat them gently, covered, in the microwave on 50% power. Sliced leftovers are also delicious cold in a steak salad.
Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 lb. skirt steak, cut in half crosswise
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Oil for grill
- Turn your grill on high.
- Prepare the chimichurri sauce: in a medium bowl, mix the parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Set aside.
- Season the skirt steak with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and with black pepper. Oil your grill.
- Grill the skirt steak until charred on the outside and medium rare on the inside, about 3 minutes per side. On my dual-contact George Foreman grill, I grill the steak for 1 ½ minutes on each side, so a total of 3 minutes. I do flip it midway through grilling, even on a dual contact grill, because the bottom plate tends to be hotter than the upper one.
- Transfer the steak to a cutting board, loosely cover with foil, and rest for 5 minutes.
- Slice the grilled skirt steak thinly across the grain. Spoon the chimichurri sauce on top and serve.