Balsamic and Soy Marinated Skirt Steaks with Charred Peppers


This simple grilled dinner is all about fresh summer produce. Herbs and smashed garlic quickly infuse charred sweet peppers, capturing their heat straight from the grill.

Balsamic and Soy Marinated Skirt Steak
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon plus a pinch of kosher salt, divided

  • 2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed and cut into 6-inch pieces

  • 1 pound mini sweet peppers

  • 1 (13-ounce) onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 garlic clove, smashed

  • Grilled ciabatta, for serving


  1. Stir together balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Add steak, and turn to ensure steak is evenly coated in marinade. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.

  2. Preheat a grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F), or heat a grill pan over medium-high. Toss together bell peppers, onion slices, olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl. Place bell pepper mixture on oiled grates, and grill, uncovered, turning occasionally, until charred and softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Immediately return mixture to bowl, and toss with cilantro, chives, lemon juice, and garlic. Cover with plastic wrap, and let steam 15 minutes.

  3. Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Wipe excess marinade off steak. Place steak on oiled grates, and grill, uncovered, turning occasionally, until lightly charred on both sides and medium-rare, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; let rest 15 minutes.

  4. Thinly slice steak against the grain; season with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Serve steak with charred pepper mixture and grilled ciabatta.

Make Ahead

Skirt steak may be marinated up to 8 hours or overnight.

Suggested Pairing

Intense, smoky Petite Sirah.

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