How to Cook Carne Asada in a Skillet

How to Cook Carne Asada in a Skillet

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Did you know you can cook carne asada on a skillet? You can prepare an exceptional carne asada right at home with these 2 secret hacks.

One is to marinate a premium-quality skirt/flank steak in an authentic citrusy carne asada marinade for 24 hours.

The other is to cook it on high heat to get those enticing charred edges. You can enjoy it stuffed in tacos or serve it on the side with salads, veggies & rice.

Learn how to cook carne asada in a skillet by following these steps:


  • 1 1/2 pound skirt steak (marinaded for 824 hours)
  • 12-inches cast iron skillet 
  • Vegetable oil
  • Spatula


  1. First, remove the steak from the marinade and place it on a wire rack to drip off the excess marinade.
  2. Place the skillet on the stove over medium-high heat. Also, turn on the kitchen vent.
  3. Once the skillet is hot enough, drizzle the oil and let it get smoking hot.
  4. Lay the steak on the skillet and sear for 4 minutes on each side for a medium-rare result.
  5. Transfer the cooked steak to a tray and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Then, slice thinly against the grain and serve as desired!


  • Traditionally, carne asada is cooked to medium-rare where the internal temperature reads 135° F. But those who prefer medium can cook the steak for 7-8 minutes on each side.
  • Besides skirt/flank steak, carne asada can also be prepared with flap meat which is an inexpensive option. It has an intense flavor and turns out tender after cooking as compared to skirt/flank steak.
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