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Skirt Steak with Pickled Onion and Spaghetti Squash


With just 15 minutes of prep work and five ingredients, you can prepare this easy and delicious meal even on your busiest night of the week!

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, November 2007


  • 1 large spaghetti squash (about 4 pounds). halved lengthwise, seeds scooped out
  • 1 small red onion, halved and very thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thinly sliced lime zest
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (from 3 limes)
  • 1 1/4 pounds skirt steak, cut into 4 equal pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, place squash cut side down; cover sheet tightly with aluminum foil. Bake until squash is easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 45 to 55 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine onion, 1 tablespoon oil, lime zest and juice, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper. Let stand until onion is softened, at least 15 minutes.

  3. When squash is about 10 minutes from being done, heat a large skillet over medium-high. Season steaks with salt and pepper. Place 2 steaks in skillet, and cook until medium-rare, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, and cover loosely with foil; repeat with remaining steaks. Let rest at least 5 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, holding squash over a medium bowl, use a fork to scrape flesh into strands. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Top steaks with pickled onion, and serve with squash.

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  • docsloki
    12 NOV, 2008
    Spaghetti squash is a particlar type of sqash. It is yellow and looks like well, hmmm, an American footbball - sort of oblong. Once it has been cooked you can take a fork and shred the flesh into what looks like strands of spaghetti. I don't know if it is common in the UK or not.
  • kearns
    26 AUG, 2008
    could someone please tell me what spaghetti squash is. i live in the uk and i am familiar with the vegetable squash but not speghetti squash, where would i be able to purchase this.!!!!!!
    21 AUG, 2008
    Skirt Steak is from the lower half of the cow. Ther under-belly or the plate n n n n n n produces types of steak such as the skirt steak [fajitas] and hanger steak. It is typically a cheap, tough, and fatty meat. Delicious beef flavor.
  • k8m
    21 AUG, 2008
    I made this last night for dinner. I bought all of the ingredients for $10 and I thought the prep for this dinner was supper easy. I have never had Spahetti Squash before but now I'm hooked. Don't let the 1 hour total time scare you. After the squash was cooked the rest of the meal took about 10 mins to finish. I look forward to making this again.
  • jo68
    20 AUG, 2008
    Could someone tell me what cut a 'skirt steak' is?Im not familiar with that cut.