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Cilantro-Buttermilk Skirt Steak


Skirt steak is one of our favorite cuts -- it's quick-cooking and full of flavor.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, June 2012


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 3 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 pound skirt steak, cut into 4 pieces
  • Vegetable oil, for grilling
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a blender, combine buttermilk, cilantro, coriander seed, curry powder, and scallions and puree. Reserve 1/2 cup marinade for serving. Pour half the remaining marinade into a shallow dish, arrange steak in a single layer, and cover with rest of marinade; let sit 30 to 45 minutes.

  2. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Clean and lightly oil hot grill. Remove steak from marinade, shaking off excess, and season with salt and pepper. Grill steak until browned, 2 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes before thinly slicing against the grain. Season reserved marinade with salt and pepper and serve with sliced steak.

Cook's Notes

Double Duty
We use this marinade as a dipping sauce, too. Try it with pork, chicken, or fish.

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