Best Marinade for Grilling Skirt Steak

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

Grilled Skirt Steak sliced and displayed on a white platter surrounded by lettuce leaves
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). I truly think it’s the best marinade for grilling skirt steak.

Marinated Skirt Steak sitting on a white platter

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.

Grilling Skirt Steak and using tongs to flip

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 on a white serving platter

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!

Marinated, Grilled Skirt Steak cut into slices and displayed on a white platter surrounded by lettuce leaves

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 my family does!

Here are a few more marinade recipes you might enjoy:

overhead shot of marinated grilled and sliced skirt steak on a white plate surrounded by lettuce leaves
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Best Marinade for Grilling Skirt Steak

Very flavorful marinade for steak!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 3 hours
Servings 4 servings
Calories 645kcal
Course Sauces
Cuisine American
Keyword best steak marinade, marinade, skirt steak marinade


  • 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 medium garlic cloves, peeled & smashed with the side of a knife
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds skirt steak


  • 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).
  • 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!


  • NOTE: nutritional information was calculated based on the assumption that you will be consuming ALL of the marinade.  It's most likely that you will discard much of the marinade after marinating the steak.  So the numbers are probably less than reported here.
  • *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.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 645kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1142mg | Potassium: 890mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 5mg
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  • Laura wrote:

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

  • Kathy wrote:

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

  • Scott wrote:

    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!

  • Mina wrote:

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

  • Michelle wrote:

    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.

  • Marlene wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Glad you enjoyed!

  • Stephanie @ PlainChicken wrote:

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

  • patsy wrote:

    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!

  • Kristen Hills – SixSistersStuff wrote:

    OH MY HEAVENS! This looks amazing!!!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Thanks, Kristen!

  • Bri | Bites of Bri wrote:

    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).

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. wrote:

    This is perfect for summer with a big salad!

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen wrote:

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

  • Jenny Flake wrote:

    Sooo trying this on the grill soon! Great recipe!

  • terismyth wrote:

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

  • Matt Robinson wrote:

    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!

  • Amanda wrote:

    Sounds wonderful, Pinned!! 🙂

  • leslie wrote:

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

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) wrote:

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

  • Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron wrote:

    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 🙂

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness wrote:

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