This easy skirt steak marinade is a blend of olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, herbs and seasonings. It adds so much flavor to any cut of beef, and takes just minutes to put together.

When the weather warms up, I use this skirt steak marinade to grill up a fantastic meal that the whole family loves. I serve my steak with grilled zucchini and oven roasted potatoes, then watch the rave reviews come in!

Steak coated in skirt steak marinade, sliced and served with potatoes and green beans.

In my opinion, skirt steak is an under utilized cut of meat and is one of my favorite grilling recipes. I love that it cooks quickly, tends to be less expensive and is packed with flavor. I coat my meat in skirt steak marinade, then thinly slice it for a hearty main course option.

Skirt Steak Marinade Ingredients

Bowls of ingredients including olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, herbs and spices.

This recipe contains soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, Italian seasoning, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and onion powder.

How Do You Make Skirt Steak Marinade?

Place all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl or resealable bag. Stir the ingredients together to thoroughly combine. Put the steak in the bowl or bag. Cover the bowl, or seal up the bag. Refrigerate for 6-8 hours, then cook the meat as desired.

Step by step process shots showing how to marinate steak.

Tips For The Perfect Dish

  • I recommend a minimum of two hours of marinating time, but 6-8 hours is really ideal.
  • This recipe makes enough to marinate two pounds of steak. It can easily be doubled or tripled if you have more meat.
  • It’s very important to let your steak rest for a few minutes in the pan after it’s cooked. Be sure to slice it against the grain (muscle fibers) for the most tender end result.
  • No lemon juice on hand? Try using 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar instead.
  • Use a meat thermometer to make sure your steak does not overcook.
  • Leftovers of the cooked steak will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I often use the leftovers for salad or skirt steak tacos.
  • In my opinion, steak and potatoes are the ultimate pairing. Add a great potato side dish such as Hasselback potatoes, German potato salad or classic oven baked potatoes.

Quick Tip

This marinade also works well with other cuts of beef such as sirloin, flank steak, New York strip steak or ribeye.

Cooked skirt steak in a grill pan.

Recipe FAQs

What is the best way to tenderize skirt steak?

I find that the best and easiest way to tenderize skirt steak is to marinate it. The acid from the lemon juice in this marinade helps to create a more tender end result. It’s also important to slice the steak against the grain for the most tender bites.

Can you marinate skirt steak too long?

It is possible to marinate skirt steak for too long. After 12 hours, the acid in the marinade can break down the steak to the point where the texture changes. I really recommend a 6-8 hour marinating time for the best results.

What is the best cooking method for skirt steak?

Skirt steak is a thinner cut of meat and tends to cook quickly. I prefer to sear it in a pan over high heat or grill it.

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Steak coated in skirt steak marinade, grilled and sliced on a platter.

Flavor Variations

While this recipe is fabulous as-is, you can add other ingredients to the marinade to customize the flavors to your tastes.

  • Asian Style: Omit the Dijon mustard and Italian seasoning, and use lime juice instead of lemon juice. Add 2 teaspoons minced ginger, 2 tablespoons sliced green onions and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil.
  • Spicy: Turn up the heat by adding some sriracha sauce or red pepper flakes to the marinade.
  • Herb Lover’s: Feel free to use fresh herbs instead of dried Italian seasoning. Some of my favorite options include a mix of parsley, rosemary, basil, thyme, chives and even dill.
  • Mexican: Use my steak fajita marinade for a Mexican inspired meal!

You can never go wrong with a good steak marinade, and this skirt steak marinade is one of my all time favorite steak recipes!

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Skirt Steak Marinade

AuthorSara Welch
Steak coated in skirt steak marinade, sliced and served with potatoes and green beans.
This easy skirt steak marinade is a blend of olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, herbs and seasonings. It adds so much flavor to any cut of beef, and takes just minutes to put together.
Time
Prep Time5 minutes
Marinating Time2 hours
Total Time5 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions 

  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl or in a resealable bag. Mix the ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  • Add two pounds of skirt steak to the bowl or bag. Cover the bowl or seal the bag.
  • Marinate for at least 2 hours, or up to 8 hours.
  • Grill, sear or broil as desired. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes, then slice against the grain and serve.

Notes

  1. I recommend a minimum of two hours of marinating time, but 6-8 hours is really ideal.
  2. It’s very important to let your steak rest for a few minutes after it’s cooked. Be sure to slice it against the grain for the most tender end result.
  3. This marinade can also be used for other cuts of beef such as London broil, flank steak or sirloin.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 139mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    We tried this for our grilled skirt steaks for our July 4th cookout (I made the recipe exactly as listed). The steaks turned out perfect and flavorful. Thanks for all the great marinade tips!

  2. 5 stars
    This marinade was fabulous and my skirt steak turned out great! I marinated it for almost 6 hours and then grilled it for dinner. Fantastic!

  3. 5 stars
    This is amazing comfort food! Nothing like good steak and potatoes, and you’ve done just that with this recipe. Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh I love that I have all of these ingredients handy. The steak looks so perfectly cooked. I can’t wait to try this🌼