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Chimichurri Skirt Steak | Magnolia Days

Dirt, water, light, and care are the basics of growing plants and flowers. Dirt is where the plant resides and the foundation of support for the plant. Nutrients are pulled by roots from the soil. Water is as life sustaining to plants as it is people and animals. Light contributes to the processing of those nutrients. Finally there is care that encompasses so many other aspects. Care comes from making the dream of harvesting the bounty from a tiny seed or plant come true. One of the ways I use my herb harvest is to make Chimichurri Skirt Steak. It’s so nice to go out and clip what I need from my own garden. Here are some of plants I am growing:

Plants from my garden collage

Gardening success is easier for some than others. There are many variables that contribute to the end result. I’ve learned a few things along the way. Make the dirt as good as possible. This means using high quality potting soil for containers. For in-ground gardens, there is soil amendment you can mix into the ground to improve dirt conditions. Water as recommended for each plant. Make sure your containers have at least one hole in the bottom for excess water to drain out. Put the plant in the amount of light it needs. Full sun will burn some and shade will not be enough for others.

Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow. Most of them do not have insect or disease issues. In fact, there are some you plant next to vegetables to help keep pests away. They grow rather quickly too. You will have multiple harvests. One of the tastiest sauces you can make with herbs is chimichurri. Slathering the lush green sauce over a skirt steak to marinate is a thing of beauty all on its own.

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Marinade | Magnolia Days

Skirt steak is a fast steak. What I mean is it does not take long to marinate or grill it. For this recipe, the marinating is done in an hour while it is coming up to room temperature prior to grilling. The time on the grill is only a few minutes on each side (depending on thickness and desired doneness). There are two important keys to tender, juicy skirt steak. One is to let it rest for 10 minutes after grilling and before slicing. The other is to thinly slice it at an angle across the grain.

Chimichurri Skirt Steak | Magnolia Days

A few notes on the chimichurri sauce. I adapted it from the one I used with Grilled Herb Shrimp. This recipe makes a larger batch so there is enough for marinating and serving. I also added a serrano pepper because I think peppers go nicely with beef.

Chimichurri Skirt Steak | Magnolia Days

Growing my own herbs and vegetables is a dream I made come true. I was beyond excited when I found out American Family Insurance wanted to partner again with Sunday Supper for their Choose Dreams campaign. AmFam is encouraging people to garden and cook from the harvest. Take a look at and follow the Recipes From The Garden Pinterest board for meal inspiration. Also scroll down to find a list and links to more recipes. Special thanks to Jennifer of Peanut Butter and Peppers for hosting this event.

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Chimichurri Skirt Steak

A recipe for chimichurri skirt steak. The steak is marinated in a homemade fresh herb sauce made with parsley, cilantro, oregano, and seasonings.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Author Renee


For the chimichurri sauce:

  • 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh oregano leaves
  • 3 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 serrano pepper seeded and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil plus more if needed

For the steak:

  • 1 to 2 pound skirt steak
  • Salt and pepper


For the chimichurri sauce:

  1. Make sure all the fresh herbs have been rinsed and dried (I use a salad spinner to spin-dry).
  2. Cut the stems from the parsley and cilantro below the leaves (to have mostly only leaves left).
  3. Place the parsley, cilantro, oregano, thyme, rosemary, serrano pepper, vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a knife blade.
  4. Pulse a few times to chop the herbs. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Pulse while drizzling in the olive oil. Do not over-process or it will become a paste.
  5. Transfer the chimichurri sauce to a small bowl. Stir in additional olive oil for desired consistency. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate overnight. Recommended to make a day ahead for flavors to develop.

For the steak:

  1. Spread about 1/3 to 1/2 of the chimichurri sauce on both sides of the steak. Let marinate for 1 hour on the counter while the steak is coming to room temperature.
  2. Heat a grill to medium-high heat (about 450 to 500 degrees F)
  3. Cut steak in half cross-wise with the grain. Scrape off most of the chimichurri and discard (to prevent the taste of burnt herbs).
  4. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the steak.
  5. Grill the steaks until medium-rare (or your preferred doneness), about 2 to 4 minutes per side, depending on thickness of steak.
  6. Remove steak from the grill and cover loosely with foil. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Thinly slice steak at an angle across the grain.
  8. Arrange steak slices on a platter with some of the chimichurri sauce on top.
  9. Serve immediately with remaining chimichurri on the side.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for chimichurri skirt steak. The steak is marinated in a homemade fresh herb sauce made with parsley, cilantro, oregano, and seasonings.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.

Recipe Rating

Laura Dembowski

Sunday 1st of June 2014

I don't have the patience or green thumb for a garden, but I love chimichurri sauce. It is such a quintessential summer food.


Saturday 7th of June 2014

Yes it is and I'll be making many batches of chimichurri this summer.

Delaware Girl Eats

Thursday 29th of May 2014

I recently saw Ina Garten use skirt steak to make delicious grilled dinner. This would be a great way to use that cut of meat


Saturday 31st of May 2014

It sure is. Thanks Cathy


Wednesday 28th of May 2014

You have such a green thumb, Renee! That vibrant green looks like a fabulous sauce and your skirt steak is done to perfection!


Saturday 31st of May 2014

I get my green thumb from my dad. Although his was greener. He could grow anything.


Wednesday 28th of May 2014

YUMMY! I grow lots of herbs too so I'll be using this recipe!!


Saturday 31st of May 2014

Thanks Karli. Having fresh herbs in the garden is such a great thing.

Marion@Life Tastes Good

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

Chimichurri is a favorite of mine! I love that you added a serrano pepper, I am definitely doing that next time I make some! Beautiful pics and a delicious looking skirt steak with chimichurri!! yumm Pinning!


Saturday 31st of May 2014

My next batch I may use a jalapeno pepper since I'm growing them in my garden too. And thanks a bunch for the pin.