ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Grilled Chile-Lime Flank Steak

Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Serves 4 (serving size: about 3 oz. steak)

Cilantro stems shouldn’t be cast aside; they pack more flavor than cilantro leaves in many ways and are ideal in marinades. You could also stir them into chicken soup or puree for chimichurri. Skirt steak comes from the bottom rib plate of the cow, right next to the flank steak. Both cuts are great for grilling over high heat since they aren’t thick or tough; you want to achieve a good char in the short time it takes the meat to cook. Serve the steak on its own tonight, and then slice leftovers for tacos or fajitas tomorrow.


  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro stems
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, divided
  • 1 pound flank or skirt steak, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup vertically sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sliced garlic
  • 4 lime wedges

Nutrition Information

  • calories 294
  • fat 20.1 g
  • satfat 5.1 g
  • monofat 12.9 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 24 g
  • carbohydrate 3 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 74 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 318 mg
  • calcium 19 mg
  • sugars 1 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to high (450°F to 550°F).

  2. Place cilantro stems, juice, 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper in a mini food processor; process until smooth. Place cilantro mixture in a shallow dish; add steak, turning to coat. Let stand 10 minutes.

  3. Coat grill grate with cooking spray. Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle steak with salt. Add steak to grill; cook 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare or until desired degree of doneness. Place steak on a cutting board. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut across the grain into thin slices.

  4. Place steak on a platter; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, onion, cilantro leaves, and garlic. Drizzle with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Serve steak with lime wedges.