Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
2 HR 50 MIN
Serves : 6

We’ve upped the ante on this taqueria classic by heating whole cumin seeds to release their fragrant oils into the marinade. Be sure to reserve a tablespoon of the marinade before adding it to the meat; you’ll use it to make a quick dressing after slicing the cooked steak. Inexpensive skirt steak is great cut of beef for this recipe; cooking it hot and fast is the key to reaping the most tender results. If grilling outside isn’t an option, this recipe works equally well on a grill pan. Slice the steak against the grain, and serve with warm tortillas and your favorite taco toppings. Chop up leftovers and serve with black beans over eggs and sliced avocado for a hearty riff on huevos rancheros.

How to Make It

Step 1    

Heat oil, cumin, and garlic in a small skillet over medium. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant and garlic is lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool 5 minutes. Combine oil mixture, 1/2 cup cilantro, lime juice, soy sauce, chile powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and honey in a blender. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Reserve 1 tablespoon marinade mixture; pour remaining mixture over skirt steak pieces in a large ziplock plastic freezer bag. Seal bag, and shake to ensure steak is evenly coated. Chill 2 hours.

Step 2    

Remove steaks from marinade, and place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with paper towels (do not rub off excess marinade). Sprinkle both sides of steaks with remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, and let stand at room temperature while preheating grill.

Step 3    

Open bottom vent of grill completely. Light charcoal chimney starter filled with natural lump charcoal (about 4 pounds). When the charcoal is covered with gray ash, pour evenly onto bottom grate of grill. Place top grill grate on grill, close lid, and preheat to high (450°F to 500°F).

Step 4    

Place steaks on oiled grill grate. Grill, uncovered, until charred and cooked to desired degree of doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let steak rest 5 minutes on a cutting board with a juice channel. Slice steak against the grain. Stir together board juices and reserved 1 tablespoon marinade; drizzle over sliced steak. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and pico de gallo.

You May Like