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Carne Asada Recipe (How to Make Carne Asada)

This authentic Carne Asada recipe starts with skirt steak soaked in a flavorful citrus and Mexican spiced marinade then grilled to perfection!
Prep Time8 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 155kcal


  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • cup soy sauce
  • cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 jalapeño chile pepper seeded and minced
  • 1 - 1 ½ pound skirt steak
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For serving: cilantro tortillas, limes, salsa verde, avocado, cotija, etc.


  • Whisk the olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, cilantro, orange juice, vinegar, sugar, pepper, cumin, onion, garlic and seeded chile pepper in a large ziploc bag until well combined.
  • Add skirt steak to ziploc bag with marinade and allow to marinade overnight preferably or at least 8 hours.
  • When ready to grill, liberally season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill covered until golden brown (cooked to medium rare (145°F) doneness), perfectly charred and tender
  • To determine doneness, insert an instant-read thermometer horizontally into the side of the steak. Place the thermometer in the thickest part of the steak and do not let it touch bone, fat or the grill.
  • Allow to rest before slicing on a cutting board.
  • Serve with salsas, tortillas and garnishes of your choice and enjoy!


Make sure you allow the beef to rest before cutting into so it remains juicy.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 722mg | Potassium: 87mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.7mg