From Your Local Chef: The Versatile Skirt Steak

Chris Martin
5 min readJun 4, 2023


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Introduction: Welcome to My Kitchen

Hi there! I’m Commis Chef Chris, your friendly neighborhood culinary professional with 18 years of experience, the last 6 of which I've spent cooking as a personal chef for everyone from the neighborhood's bustling families to our local sports stars and community heroes.

You're here for the good stuff, the type of food that makes an evening special. So, let's dive into the world of a certain unsung hero of the grill - the skirt steak.

A Cut Above: The Skirt Steak

Did you know skirt steak is actually the long, flat cut of beef from the diaphragm muscles of the cow?

It’s an incredibly flavorful, quick-cooking cut, perfect for your next dinner party.

Savor its rich, beefy flavor and appreciate the slight chewiness that gives it character.

It’s also one of the preferred cuts for making fajitas!

Now, skirt steak isn't as popular as its cousins the ribeye or filet mignon, but that just means you've got a secret weapon in your culinary arsenal.

Let's delve into the top regions known for skirt steak - Southwestern US (think Tex-Mex and fajitas), Argentina with its asados, and Asian cuisines, particularly Korean and Chinese, where it's used in dishes like Bulgogi and stir-fries.

Preparing the Skirt Steak

Skirt steak comes with a tough membrane on one side. While your local butcher might remove this for you, here's how you can do it at home:

1. Use a sharp knife to make a small cut under the membrane.
2. Grab the membrane with a paper towel (for a better grip) and peel it off.

Now, let's look at the three most popular ways to prepare a skirt steak:

1. Grilling: A favorite for many, grilling skirt steak lends a smoky flavor. Marinate the steak, then grill it hot and fast.

2. Pan-searing: For those rainy days when you can’t grill, pan-searing is a great alternative. This method gives you a crispy, caramelized crust.

3. Stir-frying: Common in Asian dishes, stir-frying skirt steak is quick and brings out the cut’s robust flavor. Just remember to slice it against the grain first for a tender bite.

Chef’s Recommendations: Skirt Steak and Friends

Skirt steak plays well with others, especially when paired with the right accompaniments.

Try it with charred vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes, or even a simple green salad. Don’t forget to include a dollop of chimichurri sauce or a dash of soy sauce to enhance its flavor.

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A Recipe to Devour: Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

- Skirt Steak
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Garlic
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Red Pepper Flakes

1. Season your skirt steak generously with salt and pepper. Let it come to room temperature.
2. Preheat your grill to high. Grill the steak for 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
3. While the steak is resting, make your chimichurri. Blend parsley, garlic, vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt, and olive oil until smooth.
4. Slice the steak against the grain and serve with a generous helping of chimichurri sauce. Enjoy!

Feeling adventurous or simply don't have the time to make this dish yourself? Don't worry, as your local chef for hire, I’m just one click away!

Why Choose Skirt Steak?

From its rich flavor to its versatility, there's a lot to love about skirt steak. And it's my pleasure to share this culinary gem with you. Remember, whether you're an avid home cook or someone who prefers to appreciate the work of a gourmet chef, it's all about the love of good food.

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1. What is skirt steak?

Skirt steak is a cut of beef taken from the diaphragm area of a cow.

2. How do I cook skirt steak?

It is best cooked quickly at high heat, like grilling or searing.

3. What is the best way to season skirt steak?
Skirt steak benefits from a good marinade due to its strong beefy flavor. Simple seasonings like salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil work great too.

4. What’s the best way to slice skirt steak?

Always slice against the grain for the most tender bite.

5. What dishes are skirt steak used in?
It’s often used in fajitas, stir-fries, and other dishes where beef is sliced thin.

6. Is skirt steak the same as flank steak?
No, they are different cuts of meat, though they can be prepared in similar ways.

7. Can I pan-fry skirt steak?
Yes, pan-frying skirt steak is a quick and tasty method of preparation.

8. What sides go well with skirt steak?
Skirt steak pairs well with mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, and green salads.

9. How long should I grill skirt steak?
For medium-rare, grill each side for about 3-4 minutes.

10. Why is it called "skirt" steak?
The name comes from its long, flat shape, resembling a skirt.

Remember to savor every moment in the kitchen and relish every bite. Until next time!



Chris Martin

A Chef of 18 years using his knowledge and expertise to connect Chefs & foodies to create a great experience by making ordering a Chef as easy as a pizza.