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Brazilian Skirt Steak with Golden Garlic Butter


Serves 4

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 122

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.

  • 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

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.

Serving Suggestions

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

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

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is a spectacular recipe! Quick and easy, plus a great option for skirt steak aside from fajitas.

This is my first time making skirt steak. This recipe as easy and very tasty.

Made this last night and it was AMAZING. The garlic butter is to die for. We also roasted some red potatoes and drizzled some of the garlic butter over them. I couldn't believe how good this was for being such a simple recipe with only a few ingredients. Will definitely be making this again, maybe even this week!

Leticia, your recipe was outstanding! Quick but yet so much flavor my family loved it. Thanks for sharing it :)

I made this for dinner tonight and was surprised at how flavorful it was. I did everything as the recipe stated except for the parsley. I forgot it. This dish is amazing. So easy. Such simple ingredients but the flavor is outstanding. Served it with a side of mashed potatoes and a basic salad with oil and red wine vinegar dressing.

My first time cooking Skirt Steak and my family loved this recipe! I marinated the steak in the garlic mixture. This is me singing "Awesome!"

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