Skirt Steak Stir Fry in Dish

How to Prepare Skirt Steak~ an economical cut of grass-fed beef (and Skirt Steak Stir Fry)

Megan Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 10 Comments

Our family of 5 spends between $0 and $10 nightly on meat. We spend no money at all on the nights we eat hunted venison from our freezer. We spend up to $10 on the nights we eat fresh fish or inexpensive steak. (Occasionally we spend as much as $20 when we buy a locally grown rabbit.)

Skirt steak is one of the economical steaks we enjoy, well-suited to Mexican fajita-type preparations and stir-fries. Flash-in-the-pan, high heat cooking. Skirt steak is one of the economical steaks we enjoy, well-suited to Mexican fajita-type preparations and stir-fries. Flash-in-the-pan high heat quick cooking.

Skirt steak comes wrapped up like a spool of ribbon, or a cinnamon roll. Wikipedia says, "Both the inside and outside skirt steak are the trimmed, boneless portion of the diaphragm muscle attached to the 6th through 12th ribs on the underside of the short plate."

#1- cut it in half.

Skirt steak comes wrapped up like a spool of ribbon, or a cinnamon roll. Of the cut Wikipedia says, “Both the inside and outside skirt steak are the trimmed, boneless portion of the diaphragm muscle attached to the 6th through 12th ribs on the underside of the short plate.”

You simply cut the roll in half and then flop one half to its flat side on a cutting board. Then, by slicing down thin slices, so you're creating rainbow shapes, the meat is cut against it's grain, rendering it more tender. A very smart butchering to enjoy more of the animal's meat in the best possible way.

#2- Flip it flat side down and cut thin slices, creating a rainbow cross-section of meat.

To prepare skirt steak, for optimum tenderness, you simply cut the roll in half and then flop one half to its flat side on a cutting board. Then, by slicing thinly, so you’re creating rainbow shapes, the meat is cut against its grain, rendering it more tender- a very smart butchering to enjoy more of the animal’s meat in the best possible way.

Skirt steak cut

#3- Slice the whole first half in the same way.

Skirt steak cut

#4- Continue with the second half of the roll, until all the meat is thinly sliced.

The result is an enjoyable cut known for its flavor. Some pieces tend to be very tender and others are chewier. We love it.

Disclaimer~ what follows is not a full blown recipe. When using my homemade Cultured Teriyaki Sauce, you don’t need much of a recipe; it’s so easy. This is a delicious, weeknight meal that’s a family-pleaser:

SKIRT STEAK STIR FRY

  1. Saute 1 sliced red bell pepper in 2 T. toasted sesame oil.
  2. Add a whole bunch of green onions, chopped, and 1/2 tsp. sea salt, reserving some green tips to garnish. Saute over high heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the veggies with a slotted spoon and add sliced skirt steak to pan with 1/2 tsp. sea salt.
  4. Cook over high heat, tossing the meat to cook it evenly and quickly. Do not overcook, about 5-8 minutes, until most of the pink is gone. Cook over high heat, tossing the meat to cook it evenly and quickly. Do not overcook, about 5-8 minutes, until most of the pink is gone.
  5. Add the veggies back in.
  6. Add Cultured Teriyaki Sauce, to taste, about 3/4 cup.
  7. Simmer very briefly and serve, topped with raw green onions.

 

 

When using my homemade Cultured Teriyaki Sauce, you don't need much of a recipe. But this is a delicious, easy weeknight meal that's a family-pleaser.

  • linda spiker

    Oh that cultured teriyaki sauce looks amazing. This whole dish looks amazing. I really need to eat before commenting!

  • tashenawa

    This is one of my favorite cuts of meat. It must be the Southern California need for great Mexican food! This recipe sounds delicious!

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    That sauce!!! Yum! This sounds delicious! I wish I had some for breakfast right now. I enjoy dinner for breakfast 🙂

  • thefoodhunter

    very useful! thanks for sharing this!

  • Renee Kohley

    Thank you for this tutorial! This is so helpful and who doesn’t need to save money on meat! Love it!

  • Megan Stevens

    Ha, I love your reasoning! Yes! Great Mexican food~ carnitas!
    🙂 Yumm. Now I need to make Mexican food with skirt
    steak. Thanks for the inspiration. That sounds sooo good.

  • Megan Stevens

    Ha, ha, I know what you mean! Thank you, Linda. It really is amazing.

  • Megan Stevens

    I can relate! Me too! Thank you!

  • Megan Stevens

    You’re welcome.

  • Megan Stevens

    Great, so glad!