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Easy Italian Marinated Skirt Steak

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Easy Italian Marinated Skirt Steak is a delicious dinner recipe! This simple steak is packed with Italian flavors then seared to perfection.

This steak is great for meal prep, a keto diet, an easy lunch idea, or simple dinner recipe.

I love pairing this steak with a simple salad, but you can add this to just about anything!

Skirt steak on a bed of microgreens with serving spoons and glasses of wine

Recipe Inspiration

If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you know how much I love Italian food and bringing simple Italian flavors to dishes.

I’ve been wanting to do an Italian twist on steak for a while, but I needed the right inspiration. Luckily, Heinen’s sent me a great care package recently, and I knew I had to make this recipe with one of the steaks they sent me.

Steak can be incredibly intimidating for some people. It’s expensive and easy to mess up, making it a very overwhelming protein if you’re new to cooking.

Luckily, this recipe takes the guesswork out of cooking steak. All you need to do is marinate, sear both sides, and you’ll have a steak cooked to perfection.

Marinated skirt steak in a dish

About the Recipe: Easy Italian Marinated Skirt Steak

This easy Italian Marinated Skirt Steak recipe is truly so easy. There are three basic parts to this recipe:

Step 1: Marinate the steak

First, you’ll make your steak marinade. Combine all of the ingredients and the steak in a large dish or plastic bag and mix well.

Refrigerate the steak for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours. I like to make the marinade before the workday begins and let the steak sit all day while I work. That way, it’s all ready to go for dinner.

Let steak sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking. Then, you’re ready to cook!

Step 2: Cook the steak

I suggest cooking this steak recipe in a cast iron skillet. The cast iron skillet is a great uniform heat source. It also gives the steak a really nice sear that adds texture and flavor.

If you don’t own a cast iron skillet – I highly suggest you buy one! It’s a great kitchen tool that will last you for years. Check out this one on Amazon.

Ideally, skirt steak is cooked at a rare or medium rare temperature. This will give you the most tender result, because as the steak cooks longer, the texture will become tougher.

Cooking the steak at 6 minutes a side in a hot cast iron skillet will give you a perfect medium rare to rare steak.

Using a meat thermometer always helps, too. That way you know the exact doneness of your steak.

After your steak is cooked, it’s time to sit and serve.

Step 3: Sit and Serve

Your steak should sit for a minimum of 5, and ideally 10 minutes before slicing. This will keep the juices in and make your steak even more juicy and tender.

Skirt steak should be cut against the grain of the meat. This will promote tenderness and give you maximum texture in every bite.

Once your steak has sat and is cut, you’re ready to serve!

Freshly cut skirt steak on a cutting board with a knife

Recipe Serving Suggestions

This recipe is great no matter how you serve it! But if you’re looking for some serving ideas, these would all pair great:

Skirt Steak with Microgreens Salad – If you’ve never tried microgreens, I highly recommend them! I buy mine weekly from MicroGiants here in Columbus and we LOVE them. Dress a bed of microgreens with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and top with the steak for a super easy and delicious meal.

Skirt Steak with Mashed Cauliflower – Have you tried mashed cauliflower? It is so delicious and creamy that you won’t even miss the potatoes! I have a recipe for mashed cauliflower on my site – check it out here.

Pesto Pasta with Skirt Steak – If you’re a pasta lover like me, you’ll eat pasta for any meal! This steak would be really great with a fresh pesto and pasta. Yum! My mouth is watering just thinking of this.

Skirt steak on a platter with basil


Here are some frequently asked questions for this recipe:

Can I use a different cut of steak for this recipe?

Flank steak would also be a good substitute for this recipe. Flank steak is also best when marinated then cooked to a rare or medium rare temperature, so it’s a great fit for this recipe. Flat iron steak is also very similar to skirt steak and is a great substitute for this recipe.

Can I marinate more than 24 hours?

Skirt steak should not be marinated for more than 24 hours, or else the flavor of the meat will be diminished. A perfect range is 4-8 hours, and up to 24 maximum.

Can I grill skirt steak?

Absolutely. Skirt steak is delicious grilled. However, keep in mind that this type of steak is best rare or medium rare, so make sure you keep an eye on it and have your meat thermometer at the ready.

Skirt steak on a platter with wine and garlic

More Easy Recipes

Looking for even more easy recipes? Here are a few you should definitely check out:

Super Easy Grilled Garlic and Herb Marinated Lamb Rack Recipe – If you’re getting into grilling and like marinade recipes, this is for you! This super easy lamb rack recipe is absolutely delicious and way easier than you might think.

One Pot Easy Sausage and Spinach Orzo Recipe – One pot dinner lovers, unite! This delicious one pot sausage and orzo recipe is a weeknight dinner savior. It’s so full of flavor – your family will love this one!

Steelhead Trout with Garlic Herb Butter – Expand your cooking horizons with steelhead trout. It’s a fish that’s very similar to salmon, and it’s absolutely delicious! I love this dish in the summer, it’s perfect with a glass of wine and a light salad!

Easy Italian Marinated Skirt Steak Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp chipped thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flake
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • Fresh basil, for serving


  1. Add steak to a large container or plastic bag.
  2. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic, rosemary, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix well.
  3. Add marinate to the steak and ensure steak is coated well.
  4. Refrigerate and marinate at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
  5. When ready to cook, remove from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 
  6. Preheat a cast iron skillet on medium heat. Add canola oil. Sear steak 6 minutes a side, then transfer to a plate and take temperate. For rare steak, you’re looking for 125 degrees F. Cook until desired wellness.
  7. Let steak sit for at least 5 minutes before cutting. Serve with fresh basil.

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