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skirt steak with chimichurri sauce

Skirt steak with chimichurri dressing, a simple yet tasty main dish. Whether you BBQ your steak or sear it in a pan, the dressing adds delicious freshness.

Skirt steak with a chimichurri dressing is a great Summer BBQ dish. Beef skirt is a much underused and underrated cut of meat, but one which is gaining in popularity. This is largely due to the increasing influence of barbecuing and outdoor cooking across the UK. The cut comes from the same part of the cow as hanger steak, popular in South American barbecue. However if you’re French you would call it Onglet.

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri sauce on wooden board with tomatoes

Skirt is an inexpensive cut of beef and treated properly is seriously tasty. Firstly, ensure that any excess fat and sinew is trimmed off the meat. We like to cut the meat with the grain into 200g more manageable portions allowing the steak to fit better into the pan. However, it’s essential that the steak is cooked rare or medium rare (and we strongly recommend you use a meat thermometer). Cook it any longer and the meat will toughen.

We think this is best done quickly in a smoking hot pan, or even better on the barbecue. However if time is limited we assure you the frying pan works just fine! Once cooked allow the steak to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Now this bit’s really important – when cutting skirt it is essential that you cut across the grain of the steak. Cutting across the muscle like this breaks down the sinew, leaving you with a tender piece of meat. Cut with the grain and you’ll have a chewy piece of meat.

One cooked the steak with simply dressed with the chimichurri sauce. Chimichurri is a green sauce, full of fresh herbs and quick to make.

Alternative recipe suggestions:

If you like this recipe then try our Bavette Steak with Salsa Verde, our Skirt Steak with Warm Spice Marinade, our Sirloin Steak with Lemongrass or our Sirloin Steak with Mushroom & Madiera.

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Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

Skirt steak with chimichurri dressing, a simple yet tasty main dish. Whether you BBQ your steak or sear it in a pan, the dressing adds delicious freshness.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 415kcal


  • 800 g skirt steak (cut with the grain into 200g pieces)


  • 1 large bunch parsley leaf (remove the thicker stalk)
  • 1 small bunch coriander leaf (remove the thicker stalks)
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 red finger chilli (de-seeded)
  • 2 shallots
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil (more can be added if required to achieve consistency)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper


  • Place all the ingredients for the dressing into a food processor and blitz to a smooth consistency.
  • Meanwhile heat a non-stick frying pan to a high temperature. Season the steak with salt and pepper and place in the smoking hot pan, cook to rare or medium rare (see our meat cooking temperature guide). Remove the steak from the pan and leave to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Once rested cut the steak into thin slices across the grain of the meat, spoon a little dressing over the meat and toss to coat. Serve immediately.


This cut of beef has a great taste and whilst it is called skirt steak, you might also find it called hanger steak which is a similar type of cut and if you're French Onglet.
It's delicious quickly seared in a very hot pan, but it has to be prepared properly. First remove all excess fat and sinew as this will only toughen the meat once cooked. This steak cut should only be cooked rare or medium rare any longer will make it a chewy piece of meat.
Once the steak has been cooked and rested, it is important to cut across the grain rather than with the grain. Cutting across the grain breaks down the muscle fibres in the meat and makes it easier to eat.
Nutrition Facts
Skirt Steak with Chimichurri
Amount Per Serving
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 126mg42%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 662mg19%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 178IU4%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Main Course
Cuisine : British
Keyword : Herbs, Sauce, Steak
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