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Skirt Steak with Avocado Chimichurri

Quick and Easy weeknight skirt steak sliced across the grain and covered with avocado chimichurri on a white plate
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Skirt Steak with Avocado Chimichurri Recipe

  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


For the avocado chimichurri sauce:

  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, packed
  • 1 cup parsley leaves, packed
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium avocado, diced about 1 cup

For the skirt steak:

  • 1 pound skirt steak
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, as needed for seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, as needed for seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


1 Prepare the chimichurri sauce: Add the cilantro, parsley, garlic, salt, cumin, and red pepper flakes to a food processor. Pulse until the leaves are coarsely chopped, about 5 pulses. Add the red wine vinegar, pulse 5 times. Add the olive oil, pulse 5 times. The chimichurri sauce should be emulsified and the herbs coarsely chopped.

Herbs, spices and oils mixed together in a food processor to make chimichurri with avocados for skirt steak Herbs, spices and oils mixed together in a food processor to make chimichurri with avocados for skirt steak Herbs, spices and oils mixed together in a food processor to make chimichurri with avocados

2 Add the avocado: Transfer the chimichurri sauce to a medium bowl. Cut the avocado into 1/2-inch dice. Add the avocado to the chimichurri and gently stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Avocado chimichurri to accompany skirt steak being lifted out of the bowl with a spoon

3 Cut the steak: If the skirt steak comes in a long strip, cut across the grain into 2 to 3 smaller pieces, about 5 to 7 inches in length. This will allow the steak to fit better in the pan.

Easy Skirt Steak Recipe - steak on cutting board

4 Dry and season the steak: Thoroughly pat dry each steak with paper towels on each side. The surface should be very dry to help brown the surface of the meat. Generously season each side of the steaks with salt and pepper.

Easy Skirt Steak Recipe - drying steakHow to Cook Skirt Steak on the Stovetop - skirt steak on cutting board

5 Heat the pan: Heat a large 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat for 3 minutes. Once hot add the olive oil.

6 Cook the steak: Use tongs to carefully add the steak to the pan, then press down on the surface a few times for more contact. Sear the first side until browned, about 2 to 4 minutes depending on the thickness of the meat. Flip and cook another 2 to 4 minutes.

For medium-rare doneness, cook steak until it reaches an internal temperature of 130ºF. Work in two batches if needed.

How to Cook Skirt Steak on the Stovetop - searning steak in pan

7 Rest the steak: Transfer steak to a cutting board, loosely cover with foil and rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

8 Slice and serve the steak: Hold the carving knife at a 45-degree angle and then slice the steak against the grain, about 1/4-inch thick slices. Transfer skirt steak to a serving plate and either top with avocado chimichurri sauce or put the sauce on the side.

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