Carne Asada is hands down my favorite way to eat beef. This easy marinated carne asada recipe is so full of flavor and super quick to make.
WHAT IS CARNE ASADA?
Carne asada literally means “grilled meat.” It is made from thinly sliced beef, usually flank, skirt, or flap steak. It is traditionally seared on a grill to give it a nice charred flavor. Carne asada can be served as a main dish or an an ingredient in other Latin-flavored meals. It goes wonderfully with sauteed veggies, guacamole and fresh salsa.
Confession time: The reason that I love carne asada is that I am terrible at cooking steak. I always seems to over cook it, and it is never as tender as when someone else cooks me a fabulous steak. This never happens when I cook carne asada.
To make my carne asada, I simply marinade my thin steaks for at least an hour. Overnight is even better. Meat cooks more evenly at room temperature, so I take them out of the fridge for a bit before 1 cook them. Then I just throw them on a pre-heated grill. So easy.
I prefer my steaks seared on the outside and nice and pink on the inside. Grilled two to three minutes on each side is perfect. Feel free to leave it on a bit more if you like.
- 2 pounds skirt or flank steak (very thin)
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- juice from one lime
- juice from half of small orange
- 1 tbsp avocado oil (like this) or melted ghee (like this)
- 1 tsp unrefined salt
- ½ tsp chili powder (I use this brand)
- ½ tsp cumin powder (I use this one)
- ½ tsp garlic powder (like this)
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika (I usethis brand)
- several grinds of fresh black pepper
- Place steaks in a nonreactive glass pan. Set aside.
- Combine vinegar, lime juice, orange juice, oil, salt, and spices in a small bowl. Pour over steak. Turn steak to evenly coat.
- Allow to marinate in fridge for at least an hour (and up to 24 hours.) Allow meat to come to room temperature before grilling.
- Preheat grill on medium high heat. Brush the grates with a little oil to prevent the meat from sticking.
- Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side for a medium rare steak (depending on how thick your steaks are.) Leave it on a bit more if you prefer.
- Remove the steak pieces to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Thinly slice the steak across the grain on a diagonal. Enjoy!