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Brazilian Skirt Steak with Golden Garlic Butter Recipe

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Based on a dish you’ll find in many Rio de Janeiro restaurants, this recipe uses few ingredients but packs a lot of bold flavor. If your garlic has a green sprout growing in the center (the “germ”), be sure to remove it, because it will impart a bitter flavor to the final dish. Like this recipe? Check out more easy 5-ingredient dinners.


  • 6 medium cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 lb. skirt steak, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 450
      Fat Calories (kcal): 290
      Fat (g): 33
      Saturated Fat (g): 13
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 15
      Cholesterol (mg): 140
      Sodium (mg): 400
      Carbohydrates (g): 2
      Fiber (g): 0
      Protein (g): 36


  • Peel the garlic cloves and smash them with the side of a chef’s knife. Sprinkle the garlic lightly with salt and mince it.
  • Pat the steak dry and season generously on both sides with salt and pepper. In a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Add the steak and brown well on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium rare. Transfer the steak to a plate and let rest while you make the garlic butter.
  • In an 8-inch skillet, melt the butter over low heat. Add the garlic and cook, swirling the pan frequently, until lightly golden, about 4 minutes. Lightly salt to taste.
  • Slice the steak, if you like, and transfer to 4 plates. Spoon the garlic butter over the steak, sprinkle with the parsley, and serve.

Serve with something that would also benefit from a hit of garlic, such as spinach or mashed potatoes.


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  • kokkitytto | 09/03/2017

    Have done this few times! Really good and oh, so easy! Everyone raves about it!

  • catheleen | 08/08/2017

    why wont this let me post to my pintrest?

  • ailika55 | 07/19/2017

    Amazing easy meal done in minutes and so flavorful! Hubby thought I made it up lol.

  • BootzB | 06/19/2017

    This couldn't be more simple and loaded with flavor. My first try with a skirt steak. This is certainly a guest status entree. I did increase the garlic and probably used less salt than the 'generously' would have indicated, but I was using sea salt so wanted to err on the side of caution, I did generously pepper both sides, however. I would say the key is very hot oil, the steak browned beautifully! A salad or/and potato and a veggie would complete this meal, with Flan for dessert!

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