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Grilled beef skirt steak with onion marinade and chimichurri

Grilled beef skirt steak with onion marinade and chimichurri
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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Total time: 50 minutes, plus marinating time | Serves 4

Onion marinade

  • 1⁄2 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  • 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 pounds skirt steak, silver skin trimmed away

Step 1To make the onion marinade, in a blender combine the onion, garlic, oil, and water and blend until smooth. Put the skirt steak in a large resealable plastic bag or baking dish and pour in the onion mixture, coating both sides. Cover or wrap the meat well so the onion scent does not permeate your refrigerator; chill for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.


  • ½ cup minced yellow onion
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated or minced garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar

Step 1In a bowl or jar, combine the onion, parsley, oregano, garlic, salt, black pepper and red pepper. Add the oil and vinegar and mix well. Store covered and use before the herbs begin to turn brown, 3 to 5 days. This makes about 2 cups chimichurri

Grilled skirt steak with chimichurri

  • Marinated skirt steak
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Smoked sea salt, homemade or store-bought, for finishing
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Chimichurri, for serving (optional)

Step 1Heat a grill over medium-high heat.

Step 2Remove the steak from the marinade and season both sides with the kosher salt and pepper. Transfer the meat to the grill and cook until one side is well seared, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook for about 2 minutes more, for rare to medium-rare. At this point, remove the steak from the grill and rest for 2 minutes to allow the carryover heat to give it a more even doneness. Finally, return the steak to the grill and cook for 1 minute more per side (this guarantees this thin cut of steak will be served hot). (Add another minute of cooking on the second side for medium doneness.) Remove the skirt steak from the grill and rest 1 to 2 minutes before slicing and serving.

Step 3Cut each steak along the grain into three sections. Turn each piece to slice against the grain at a 45-degree angle. Slice into 1⁄4-inch pieces on a slight bias against the grain. Transfer the meat to a warmed plate. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and smoked sea salt and serve with the chimichurri.


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