Vaca Frita Skirt Steak Recipe

Staff Writer
Vaca Frita Skirt Steak Recipe
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Braised with an exotic blend of spices and then fried to a perfect crisp, this delicious shaved skirt steak is perfect for that special weekend dinner with friends or family.

Deliver Ingredients


For the braising liquid

  • 3 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole star anise
  • 2 bunchs cilantro
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup oregano, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1/2 cup curly parsley, minced
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, minced
  • 2 tablespoons mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 quarts hot water

For the steaks

  • Six 8-ounce skirt steaks, trimmed
  • 2 red onions, julienned
  • 2 red bell peppers, julienned
  • Juice of 10 limes
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


For the braising liquid

Combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Set aside.

For the steaks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the steaks in a single layer in large nonreactive roasting pan. Mix well, then pour the braising liquid over the meat. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Carefully place in the oven and bake for 2 hours.

Uncover the pan and allow the meat to cool in the cooking liquid for 1 hour in the refrigerator. When ready to proceed, pull meat into ½-inch strands with 2 forks.

Combine the onion and bell pepper in a bowl. Pour the lime juice on top and season with salt, to taste. Mix well and set aside.

Heat a large, heavy skillet over high heat until blazing hot. Add the vegetable oil and ½ of the meat. The objective is to make the meat crispy, so let it sit and sizzle until a crust forms, 5-7 minutes per side, taking care to avoid splatters. Repeat with remaining meat.

Toss the meat with the onion-pepper mixture, and serve immediately.

Skirt Steak Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Skirt Steak Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.