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Skirt Steak with Pan-Fried Polenta

Left over polenta crisps beautifully in a skillet and is great accompaniment to a seared skirt steak and a fresh arugula salad.

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  • Servings: 4
Skirt Steak with Pan-Fried Polenta

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Everyday Food, May 2011


  • 1 1/4 pounds skirt steak (fat trimmed), cut into 4 pieces and patted dry
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Reserved polenta, cut into 8 wedges
  • 4 cups reserved leeks
  • 3 ounces baby arugula (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
  • Lemon wedges (optional), for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Heat a large cast-iron or heavy skillet over medium-high. Season steak on both sides with salt and pepper. In two batches, cook steak until browned, 6 minutes per batch, flipping once. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, loosely tent with foil, and keep warm in oven. Wipe skillet clean and return to heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and cook half the polenta wedges until crisp, about 5 minutes, flipping once. Repeat with remaining oil and polenta. Transfer to sheet with steak. Add leeks to skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook until softened, stirring frequently, 3 minutes.

  2. Toss together arugula and parsley. Thinly slice steak against the grain and serve with salad, polenta wedges topped with leeks, and lemon wedges, if desired.


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