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Carne Asada

Carne Asada
Leslie Grow / For the Times

Super-thin skirt steak works best for carne asada, as it can stand up to powerful marinades like this one and cooks in just a few minutes over a hot grill. Serve the steak, sliced thin and across the grain, with ... Read more

20 minutes, plus marinating time. | Serves 6.
  • 1 bunch cilantro, cleaned, stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 small white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 serrano chiles, stems removed, roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 pounds skirt steak (look for the super thin "inside" skirt steak)

Step 1In a blender, combine the cilantro, garlic, onion, Worcestershire, chiles and 1 teaspoon salt. Blend the ingredients to make a smooth marinade.

Step 2Place the steak in a glass baking dish or tiptop plastic bag and pour the marinade over it. Rub the marinade all over the meat then refrigerate for at least 1 hour, up to several hours, to marinate.

Step 3Set up a charcoal grill for direct, high-heat cooking or heat a gas grill over medium-high. Lightly grease the grill with oil then add the carne asada. Cook, flipping the steak halfway through, until lightly charred and cooked to medium-rare doneness, about 2 to 4 minutes total.

Step 4Thinly slice and serve while hot.


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