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Skirt-Steak Skewers with Avocado and Pepper Sauce


You will need four long skewers for this recipe, and it's a good idea to wear rubber gloves when cutting the chile here.

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  • Servings: 6

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2016


  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling and brushing
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and quartered
  • 1 Scotch bonnet or habanero chile, halved (seeds removed, if less heat is desired)
  • 1/4 sweet onion, such as Vidalia, cut into 1-inch pieces (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon packed fresh oregano leaves, plus more for serving
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 pounds skirt steak, cut crosswise into 6 pieces (each about 4 inches wide)
  • Steamed rice and diced avocado, for serving


  1. In a blender, puree oil, bell pepper, chile, onion, orange and lemon juices, cumin seeds, oregano, and 1 teaspoon salt until smooth. (Sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead and refrigerated; remove 30 minutes before serving.) Transfer to a serving bowl; just before serving, stir and top with more oregano leaves and a drizzle of oil.

  2. Preheat grill for direct-heat cooking (medium-high on a gas grill). On a work surface, lay 3 steak pieces flat in a row. Insert a long metal skewer through all 3 pieces, about 1/2 inch from one short end. Insert a second skewer through all 3 pieces, 1/2 inch from other short end. To ensure even cooking, spread pieces 1/2 inch apart on skewers. Repeat with remaining 3 pieces steak. Pat meat dry and generously season both sides with salt; let stand 10 minutes. Lightly brush grates with oil. Grill steak, flipping once, until charred in places, 7 to 9 minutes for medium-rare; 10 to 12 minutes for medium. Let rest 10 minutes, then slice steak against the grain. Serve over rice, with pepper sauce, avocado, and more oregano leaves.

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  • lenax9
    16 MAY, 2016
    This was so easy and absolutely delicious! A keeper.