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Best Marinade for Grilling Skirt Steak

Some things in this world you just have to try, and this is one of them > The Best Marinade for Grilling Skirt Steak

Marinated, Grilled Skirt Steak
I don’t know what it is about skirt steak, but I’m completely in love with it.  If I spot it on a menu, or if it happens to catch my eye in the butcher’s meat case, I simply cannot resist it.  For me, it ranks right up there with filet mignon.  Filet mignon is wonderful and all, but skirt steak actually has more flavor.  I also love the texture of skirt steak, and when it is marinated just right… it turns out so tender and flavorful.  I’ve got a great marinade for you to try out on this steak (though you can use flank steak if you prefer that too).

Marinated, Grilled Skirt Steak 1

If there is any kind of membrane along one side of the meat, remove that by just pulling it off (sometimes it has already been removed for you).

Other than having a little bit of molasses in the recipe, the marinade is not sweet.  It’s a good combination of savory flavors that tenderizes the steak just perfectly.  I love recipes like this because they are so easy- just throw all of the marinade ingredients in a zip baggie, add the steak, and let it sit for a few hours.

Marinated, Grilled Skirt Steak 2

Another awesome thing about skirt steak is that it cooks very quickly on the grill.  Just a few minutes on each side, and the steak is ready to go!

Marinated, Grilled Skirt Steak 4

It’s always a good idea to let the steak rest for a few minutes before cutting into it.  It allows the steak to cook a little more while sitting, and it seals the juices inside.  The moment you cut into it, the juices will escape!

Best Marinade for Grilling Skirt Steak

After a good bout of resting, slice the steak against the grain.  Thin slices are best.  You don’t need sauce or anything because this marinade recipe makes it awesome on its own.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!


Yield: Serves 3 to 4 people

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Best Marinade for Grilling Skirt Steak


1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons molasses
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed with side of knife
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 to 2 pounds skirt steak


1. Mix all marinade ingredients in a large zip bag. Smash the ingredients around to mix them together. Add the steak and marinate for 3 to 12 hours (zipped up tight and kept in refrigerated).

2. 15 minutes before grilling, remove the steak from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature. Preheat your grill to medium. Remove the steak from the marinade and grill 5 to 8 minutes per side (depending on how well-done you like your steak). Remove from the grill and let rest on a cutting board for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Slice against the grain. Serve and eat!


*You can substitute flank steak for the skirt steak with similar results. You may need to increase grilling times a little bit as flank is usually thicker than skirt.

Source: (adapted from The Cape Cod Table by Lora Brody)

25 Responses to “Best Marinade for Grilling Skirt Steak”

  1. postedJul 7, 2014 3:38 AM

    Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar always taste SO yum together! I love how simple this marinade is…sounds like dinner to me! Pinned!

  2. postedJul 7, 2014 5:16 AM

    Wow I love the set up for these pictures, it makes the steak look SUPER appealing (which at least for me is so hard to do!!) I love a good marinade and can’t wait to give this one a try! Pinned 🙂

  3. postedJul 7, 2014 5:57 AM

    This combination of flavors sounds amazing! I love the hint of molasses!

  4. postedJul 7, 2014 6:06 AM

    I too love a good skirt steak!!!!! Your marinade makes my mouth water!

  5. postedJul 7, 2014 6:44 AM

    Sounds wonderful, Pinned!! 🙂

  6. postedJul 7, 2014 11:42 AM

    I needed this, so glad I stopped by! Will be using this recipe over the summer and will let you know how it goes. Thanks!

  7. postedJul 7, 2014 1:37 PM

    Oh my! This recipe looks delish.
    Can’t wait to make it for my family.
    Thanks for sharing

  8. postedJul 7, 2014 2:53 PM

    Sooo trying this on the grill soon! Great recipe!

  9. postedJul 7, 2014 6:12 PM

    This sounds wonderful! I’m always on the lookout for great beef recipes!

  10. postedJul 7, 2014 9:45 PM

    This is perfect for summer with a big salad!

  11. postedJul 8, 2014 3:52 AM
    Bri | Bites of Bri

    This marinade sounds so delicious and easy! I’m right there with you on loving these cuts of steak over the more popular (and expensive ones).

  12. postedJul 8, 2014 6:20 PM

    OH MY HEAVENS! This looks amazing!!!!

    • postedJul 9, 2014 4:37 AM

      Thanks, Kristen!

  13. postedJul 9, 2014 5:59 AM

    I just printed this off! I’m always looking for new marinades to try, and I think it would be great on London broil, which I frequently buy since it’s often on sale and so easy to prepare!

  14. postedJul 10, 2014 1:30 PM

    we love skirt steak. Picked up some today so we can try this tomorrow night!

  15. postedJul 10, 2014 2:54 PM

    This was excellent! I made it last night with flank steak, as the store didn’t have skirt. The flavors were great, and the meat was very tender. The molasses makes it way better than the usual marinade. Thanks, Lori.

    • postedJul 12, 2014 4:14 PM

      Glad you enjoyed!

  16. postedJul 12, 2014 8:05 AM

    Not a huge fan of skirt steak, but the marinade looks amazing so maybe I’ll give it one more try 🙂 Thanks for this and nice site, btw.

  17. postedAug 10, 2014 12:09 PM

    Yes, this is by far the best marinade..always turns out perfect! My family loves this better than any marinade ever:) thx.

  18. postedSep 11, 2014 3:35 PM

    Perfecto! I marinated the skirt steak using the exact recipe for 6 hours…..hit the hot grill for about 4 minutes per side…..rested/tented for 5 minutes….sliced the against the grain. Served with a Mexican style rice and black beans. This was a restaurant quality dish. Of course, not as tender as a filet mignon, but extremely flavorful and juicy! This will go on my keeper list!

  19. postedAug 31, 2015 4:50 PM

    This really was a great marinade. We have had such a hard time finding marinades that we like and this was perfect!

  20. postedApr 12, 2016 6:11 AM

    Can’t wait to try this marinade I have never tried skirt steak,

  21. postedAug 14, 2016 6:36 PM
    Kyle Allen

    My wife and son said this recipe is a keeper!!!
    Thank you.

  22. postedMar 21, 2017 3:44 PM

    Can I substitute honey or corn syrup? Don’t have molasses.

    • postedMar 22, 2017 4:41 PM

      I don’t think either of those will yield the same flavor.

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