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Skirt Steak with Cilantro Garlic Sauce
and rice salad with spinach and tomatoes

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With leftover Cilantro Garlic Sauce and rice made earlier in the week, this flavorful meal is a breeze. It was last featured in 2020.
Cooking methods: This recipe includes instructions for using the stovetop or grill. Select your preferred method.

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Skirt Steak with Cilantro Garlic Sauce:
  • Steak, skirt - 1 lb (sub flank or hanger)
  • Cilantro Garlic Sauce - ~1/3 cup (ingredients listed separately)
Rice Salad with Spinach and Tomatoes:
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 cup, halved
  • Spinach, baby - 3 oz, chopped
  • Rice, cooked - ~1 1/2 cups (leftover from Tuesday)
  • Cilantro Garlic Sauce - ~1/3 cup (ingredients listed separately)
Cilantro Garlic Sauce:
  • Cilantro leaves - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Oil, olive - 1/4 cup
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Miso paste, any color - 1 Tbsp (sub soy sauce)
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Make cilantro garlic sauce - (Skip if made ahead for Monday.) Roughly chop cilantro and garlic. Combine with oil, vinegar, lemon juice, miso paste, and salt. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Marinate steak - (If prepping right before cooking, get grill heating before continuing with prep.) Tenderize steak with a fork and combine with cilantro garlic sauce (portion for steak). Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  3. Tomatoes / Spinach - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Remove steak from marinade (discard marinade) and season generously on both sides with some salt and pepper.

  2. Heat up grill to 500F / 260C. Clean grates and brush with some oil. Add steak to heated grill. Grill steak for ~3 minutes on each side with the cover closed. Continue cooking until it reaches desired level of doneness. Medium-rare: 130F / 54C degrees (~3 minutes); Medium: 140F / 60C degrees (~6 minutes); Well-done: 160F / 71C degrees (~10 minutes).

  3. Remove steak from heat, cover in foil to keep warm, and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing across the grain (i.e. perpendicular to the fibers).

  4. While steak rests, combine tomatoes, spinach, and rice (the rice should be slightly chilled or room temperature). Stir in cilantro garlic sauce (portion for salad). Season with some salt and pepper.

  5. Serve sliced steak with rice salad on the side. Enjoy!

Prep

  1. Make cilantro garlic sauce - (Skip if made ahead for Monday.) Roughly chop cilantro and garlic. Combine with oil, vinegar, lemon juice, miso paste, and salt. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Marinate steak - Tenderize steak with a fork and combine with cilantro garlic sauce (portion for steak). Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  3. Tomatoes / Spinach - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Remove steak from marinade (discard marinade) and season generously on both sides with some salt and pepper.

  2. Heat up a grill pan over high heat. Brush with some oil and add steak. Sear steak on both sides. Continue cooking until it reaches desired level of doneness. Medium-rare: 130F / 54C degrees (~3 minutes); Medium: 140F / 60C degrees (~6 minutes); Well-done: 160F / 71C degrees (~10 minutes).

  3. Remove steak from heat, cover in foil to keep warm, and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing across the grain (i.e. perpendicular to the fibers).

  4. While steak rests, combine tomatoes, spinach, and rice (the rice should be slightly chilled or room temperature). Stir in cilantro garlic sauce (portion for salad). Season with some salt and pepper.

  5. Serve sliced steak with rice salad on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (22)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (2)

Most Helpful

The sauce was definitely not enough?

By: Jennifer
Posted: Nov 24, 2021
Diet: Original
2 Helpful

14 reviews

Used shrimp.

By: Alice
Posted: Mar 05, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We didn't chop up the spinach and ate this more like a steak and rice salad. The flavors were great! And it was very quick to make.

By: Michelle
Posted: Dec 27, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We loved this and so did the 8-year-old. The 5-year-old not so much...

By: Namrita
Posted: Dec 16, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

We always make more of a marinade or sauce then called for, and I'm glad we did - the sauce was great! Spinach was bad by the time we were ready to use it, so my husband used regular lettuce instead. That was ... not the best choice. I'm sure the salad would have been better if not for the sub.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Dec 14, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved this! Doubled the cilantro garlic sauce

By: Melissa
Posted: Dec 10, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Since I made the sauce for the dependency meal this came together in a flash! Delicious steak on a lazy night? Yes please.

By: Becca
Posted: Dec 06, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful