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Fast & Easy Dinner: Skirt Steak With Crispy Garlic Potatoes

Fast & Easy Dinner: Skirt Steak With Crispy Garlic Potatoes

Typically used in fajitas, skirt steak is an affordable cut of meat that makes a delicious dinner. After a quick cook in a hot pan, the long, flat piece of beef is flavorful, tender, and juicy.

This recipe pairs the steak with crisp, garlicky oven-baked potatoes and a lightly dressed, peppery watercress salad. When served with a glass of red wine, it's the perfect midweek pick-me-up. Get the recipe when you


Skirt Steak With Crispy Garlic Potatoes

Skirt Steak With Crispy Garlic Potatoes

Skirt Steak With Crispy Garlic Potatoes


2 garlic cloves
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds red new potatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, cut into 4 equal pieces
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 bunches watercress (about 12 ounces total), thick ends removed


  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Finely chop garlic, and sprinkle with salt. Using a chef's knife, press flat side of blade back and forth across garlic to make a paste. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in thyme and 1 tablespoon oil.
  3. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss potatoes with garlic mixture; bake until browned on underside, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet or grill pan over high. Season steaks with salt and pepper, and cook* (in two batches if necessary) until medium-rare, 3 to 6 minutes per side (depending on thickness of steak). Transfer to a plate to rest.
  5. While steaks rest, make salad: In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, Dijon, and remaining oil; season with salt and pepper. Add watercress, and toss to combine. Serve steaks with potatoes and salad.

Serves 4.

*Because they are well marbled, skirt steaks can go in a hot skillet without added fat. Cook them to medium-rare so they'll be tender, not tough.

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fiestamama fiestamama 7 years
Skirt is a little tough but it has such a great flavor!
burningphoenix burningphoenix 7 years
Mmmm...crispy garlic potatoes....
emalove emalove 7 years
Not a red meat girl, but I'll take the potatoes!
suziryder suziryder 7 years
The steak looks surprisingly boring. Salt and pepper, that's it?? But oh man, those potatoes!! I'm going to have to make those!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
That looks yum!!!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 7 years
steak schmeak. i want those potatoes!
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
Skirt steak is my favorite cut! Especially with a healthy dose of chimmichurri on top. When I pick up some grassfed beef at the farmer's market I'm so gong to make this, those potatoes sound delish. I will admit, I'm iffy about the watercrest salad because I used to hate watercrest when I was a kid, maybe I'll give it another shot and see what happens.
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