When grilling meat, I normally follow the Brazilian rule of using only salt as seasoning. We are all about the flavor of the beef, preferring not to mask it with spices and rubs. But, I thought that Marcella’s take on skirt steak was too tempting to pass. She marinates the meat in beer and soy sauce, and also adds orange slices to the party. I normally reach for lemons or limes, but whenever I use oranges in cooking I am surprised by how much I enjoy their subtle citric tone, a tad less aggressive. We both loved the flavor they imparted to the meat… the beer definitely comes through loud and clear. I marinated the meat from early morning to dinner time.
BEER-MARINATED GRILLED SKIRT STEAK
(adapted from Mexican Made Easy)
1 orange, thinly sliced
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, smashed
2 + 1/2 pounds skirt steak
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 cup light-colored beer (preferably lager style)
1/2 cup soy sauce
In a wide, shallow glass baking dish, scatter half of the orange slices, half of the onion slices and the garlic on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle the steak all over with salt and pepper and put in the dish on top of the orange and onion slices. Scatter the remaining orange, onion and garlic over the steak and pour in the beer and soy sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for 1 hour at room temperature or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
Prepare a grill on medium-high heat. Remove the meat from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill the steak to your taste, about 4 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the second for medium-rare.
Let the meat rest, tented with foil, for 10 minutes before slicing it.
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Comments: Skirt-steak is one of the busy cook’s best friend! Less than 10 minutes on the grill and you are on your way for a tasty dinner. Now, if not only you are very busy but you also don’t have a functional kitchen, this type of meal will be a life-saver. I like to wrap the meat in large butter lettuce leaves, top with salsa and/or guacamole, but this time I made it even simpler and only added fresh, juicy tomatoes, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of grated Cotija cheese, just to keep it on the Mexican environment… 😉 Of course, corn or flour tortillas, fajita-style are the most authentic way to go.
The same marinade worked great on chicken thighs, as you may remember from a recent post
. I marinated the chicken the whole day in the beer-soy-oranges, roasted low and slow with the skin side down, then flipped the pieces to have the skin up, and finished them off under the broiler.