Marinated Skirt Steak With Garlic & Cilantro

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"Butter mixed with hot pepper, garlic and herbs transforms this steak. The mixture soaks into the cooked meat, making it that much more delicious as the buttery goodness melts with the natural beef juices that pool on the plate. YUM! Source: Serious Barbecue"

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (592 g)
  • Calories 1326.6
  • Total Fat - 82 g
  • Saturated Fat - 31.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 466.8 mg
  • Sodium - 1745.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.5 g
  • Sugars - 10.6 g
  • Protein - 123.8 g
  • Calcium - 207.7 mg
  • Iron - 8.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 30.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 3.5 mg

Step 1

Place the pepper flakes in a small bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let sit for 1 - 2 minutes to rehydrate the flakes.

Step 2

Combine all the remaining marinade ingredients in a blender, or in a bowl using an immersion/stick blender. Stir in the pepper flakes and the soaking water.

Step 3

Place the skirt steaks in one extra-large resealable plastic bag (or divide between two large bags). Pour the marinade into the bag(s), squeezing out any excess air from the bag, and close. Roll the bag to evenly coat all the meat in the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 3.

Step 4

Preheat all grates of a well-oiled charcoal or gas grill to high.

Step 5

Combine all of the SEASONING BLEND ingredients.

Step 6

In a small saucepan, combine all the RESTING BUTTER ingredients, stirring to combine until butter melts. Pour into a baking dish or disposable aluminum pan, preferably a 13 1/2 X 9 5/8 X 2 3/4-inch lasagna pan.

Step 7

Remove steaks from the bag and lightly pat dry with paper towels.

Step 8

Season the steaks with the seasoning blend.

Step 9

Using your hands or a brush, evenly, but lightly, coat the steaks with canola oil.

NOTE: If you have a grill press(es) or a fire brick(s) wrapped in heavy-duty aluminum foil, it is ideal to keep on hand to keep the meat from lifting up and also to maximize the caramelization.

Step 10

Place the steaks on the grill, keep the lid open, and do not move the steaks until they are well marked and lightly charred, about 2 minutes. Flip the steaks, keep the lid open, and repeat on the second side, grilling for 2 minutes.

Step 11

Place the steaks into the pan of resting butter, dredging to thoroughly coat both sides in the butter.

Step 12

Clean and re-oil the grill grates.

Step 13

Letting any excess butter run off into the pan, place the steaks back on the grill, close the lid, and do not move them until they reach the desired doneness.

Step 14

Cook about 2 minutes for rare, about 3 minutes for medium, and about 4 for well done.

Step 15

Remove from the grill and place in the butter, turning to coat, and let rest for at least 5 minutes or up to 15.

Step 16

Drizzle some of the butter on a cutting board, top with the steaks, and cut against the grain, on the diagonal, into 1/4-inch slices. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves over the top.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I cut this down to make a 1 lb steak, using a NY sirloin because that is what I had on hand, and it worked beautifully! What a packed full of flavor steak this produced! Simply scrumptious!!

review by:
(9 May 2020)


Ten stars! Every single part of this recipe was great! But the star of the show is the Resting Butter. We had a few scraps of meat left after slicing it for tacos, and I'm not ashamed to say that I threw them in the bowl with the resting butter and ate it straight from there... yum! Thanks for sharing - this is going into my Best of 2020 file right now!

review by:
(6 May 2020)


Fabulous recipe! It involves a lot of steps, but the outcome was superb. Thank you for sharing your recipe, ForeverMama. We loved it.

review by:
(24 Jul 2019)


Amazing! Loved everything about this recipe....went to bed last night thinking how great this was, and woke up wondering if it would be bad form to have it for breakfast! Thanks for sharing! Made for For Your Consideration tag game.

review by:
(20 Sep 2016)


Some people don't like cilantro, and I was one of them til I tried this recipe. My husband drooled over my shoulder as I was grilling it and he couldn't eat it fast enough once I served it. We will have this steak again!

review by:
(15 Jun 2016)


I am not into seasoning red meat a lot. Usually some kosher salt and that's it but the ingredients on this recipe all sounded so delicious that I had to give it a try.I'm glad I did. It was very good!

review by:
(13 Jun 2016)