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Jamie Purviance

Argentinian Skirt Steaks with Chimichurri

  • People

    Serves 4 to 6

  • Prep Time

    25 min.

  • Marinating Time

    2 to 4 h

  • Grilling Time

    4 to 6 min.

Serves 4 to 6
Prep Time
25 min.
Marinating Time
2 to 4 h
Grilling Time
4 to 6 min.

the Ingredients

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  • 4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons seeded and coarsely chopped jalapeno chile pepper
  • 30 grams roughly chopped red onion
  • 50 grams tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 25 grams tightly packed fresh Italian parsley leaves and tender stems
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 180 millilitres extra-virgin olive oil
  • 910 grams skirt steak, 1 to 2 centimetres thick, trimmed of excess surface fat, cut crosswise into 10 centimetre pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 01 In a food processor combine the garlic, jalapeno and onion and pulse until finely chopped. Then add the cilantro, parsley, vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes and pulse until finely chopped. Gradually add the oil in a steady stream through the feed tube and process until well blended but some texture still remains, about 1 minute. Reserve 180 millilitres of chimichurri for the marinade. Transfer the remaining chimichurri to a small bowl for serving. Cover and refrigerate. Allow the chimichurri to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
  • 02 Place the steak pieces in a large, resealable plastic bag and pour in the 180 millilitres of reserved chimichurri. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn the bag and massage the chimichurri into the meat. Place the bag in a bowl and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours, turning and massaging occasionally. Allow the steaks to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling.
  • 03 Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (230°C to 290°C).
  • 04 Remove the steaks from the bag and season evenly with the salt and pepper. Discard the chimichurri in the bag. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the steaks over direct high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to your desired doneness, 4 to 6 minutes for medium rare, turning once or twice. Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Cut the meat across the grain into thin slices and serve warm with the remaining chimichurri.