Fajitas are the perfect dish for summertime, and the perfect dish for skirt steak. Skirt steak is a thin cut of meat from the beef plate and flank. You may have seen it labeled as inside skirt steak – inside indicates that it is is from the plate (belly). Or, you may have seen it labeled as outside skirt steak – outside indicates that it is from the flank, by the plate .
The plate is also the where short ribs come from, and obviously the flank is where flank steak comes from. What do short ribs, skirt steak, and flank steak all have in common? They are all relatively tough, and perfect marinating candidates! How are they different? Short ribs are thick and most tender when cooked long and slow, whereas skirt and flank steak are thin and most tender when quickly cooked over high heat. Regardless, marinating these little beauties is a must! Properly marinated and cooked, skirt steak is tender and flavorful. No marinade and over cooked…well, you know how that goes. So here are the down-and-dirty tips for great grassfed skirt steak fajitas:
- Use a marinade.
- Cook whole and slice after.
- High heat, quick cooking.
- Rest and let carryover cooking finish the job.
- Aim for a rare to medium-rare finish – i.e. after resting.
- Slice steak against the grain!
Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence’s Fajitas.
Farmer Girl Skirt Steak Fajitas Recipe
Serving Size: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 1 pound Grass Fed Steak, thawed (flank or skirt preferably)
- 1/2 orange, juiced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 jalapeno pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
- 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- Tortillas, warmed
1.) Thaw grass fed steak for 24 hours in the refrigerator, in its packaging. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a blender, puree the marinade until smooth. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag and add the steak. Seal and shake to coat. Refrigerate the beef for 2 to 4 hours to tenderize and flavor the beef. Once marinated, drain the marinade from the beef and season liberally with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Let steak rest at room temperature while the grill heats. Also, slice the pepper and onion while the grill heats. Toss together the bell pepper, onion, salt, pepper, lime juice, and olive oil in a dish. Set aside and let flavors combine while grilling steak.
2.) Grill Steak & Veggies. Brush the grill grate with oil to prevent the skirt steak from sticking. Once the grill is hot, place the skirt steak over direct grill heat. Close the grill lid and sear steak for 3 to 4 minutes. When the steak releases from the grill, flip the steak. Close the lid and cook for another 3 minutes or so, until steak easily releases from the grill. If the skirt steak needs additional grill time, move it to an area with indirect heat. We cannot stress this enough – if in doubt err on the side of less grilling time rather than more. This steak can cook very quickly – do not overcook! Remove the steak from the grill, plate and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Let rest for 10 minutes. Cut a piece of steak on the bias (against the grain), and check for finish. If the steak is not cooked to your preferred level of finish, simply throw it back on the grill, over indirect heat, and let it cook for a few more minutes. Repeat the resting process. Grill the veggies in a grill pan for approximately 4 minutes; stir. Grill for an additional 4 minutes, or until the veggies are just barely limp. Remove veggies from grill. Warm tortillas over grill or in microwave. Thinly slice the steak against the grain on a diagonal.
3.) Assemble & Serve. After the skirt steak has rested, thinly slice across the grain, on a diagonal. Do a test prior to slicing the entire steak – if it is tough, you may not be slicing against the grain. Top a warm tortilla with sliced skirt steak, veggies, and any other toppings that make you happy. Enjoy!
There you go, a simple, healthy, delicious crowd pleaser. I hope you enjoy this Farmer Girl Skirt Steak Fajitas Recipe!