Experience a zesty twist on a classic Mexican dish with our Super-Citrusy Carne Asada, a celebration of bold flavors and grilling perfection. This dish is inspired by the traditional carne asada of Northern Mexico, where grilled steak is marinated in vibrant citrus juices and spices. This innovative take elevates this beloved recipe with a unique approach that will make your taste buds dance.

Start with a dry rub that packs a punch - a blend of chile powder, black pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and brown sugar that creates a harmony of flavors. The brown sugar in the rub works wonders, tenderizing the steak while forming a caramelized crust as it grills. This crust locks in the juices, ensuring every bite is tender and flavorful.

Traditional carne asada marinades often use citrus juices, but grilling these can sometimes result in a bitter taste. Instead, we recommend brushing the steak with a freshly made, intensely citrusy dressing after it comes off the grill. This dressing, made from the same citrus juices and spices typically found in marinades, adds a refreshing zing without bitterness.

The flavor profile of Super-Citrusy Carne Asada is a delightful blend of smoky, sweet, and tangy notes. The dry rub's spices give the steak a robust depth, while the brown sugar adds a touch of sweetness. The citrus dressing then brings a bright, tangy freshness that perfectly balances the smokiness of the grilled meat. Each bite is an explosion of flavor, making this dish a standout at any barbecue.

Whether you're a seasoned griller or just starting, Super-Citrusy Carne Asada is sure to impress. It's an easy yet impressive way to bring the vibrant flavors of Mexico to your backyard, making it a perfect addition to your grilling repertoire.

Serves 8

Super-Citrusy Carne Asada Ingredients

  • 2 lb. skirt or flank steak
  • 2 Tbsp. plus ¼ tsp. Diamond Crystal or 1 Tbsp. plus ¾ tsp. Morton kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. chipotle chile powder
  • 2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil, plus more for the grill
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup of finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • Flaky sea salt

Super-Citrusy Carne Asada Directions

  1. Trim excess fat and silver skin from a two-lb. skirt or flank steak. Cut the meat into 3–4 pieces for skirt steak or two pieces for flank steak; transfer to a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Mix 2 Tbsp. Diamond Crystal or 1 Tbsp. plus ½ tsp. Morton kosher salt, 2 Tbsp. light or dark brown sugar, 2 tsp. chipotle chile powder, 2 tsp. freshly ground pepper, 2 tsp. garlic powder, and 2 tsp. ground cumin in a small bowl to combine. Sprinkle rub all over the meat, patting to adhere. Chill, uncovered, at least 1 hour and (preferably) up to 4 hours.
  3. Prepare a grill for high heat; oil grate. Mix two garlic cloves, finely chopped, ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro, 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, and remaining ¼ tsp. Diamond Crystal or Morton kosher salt in a small bowl to combine. Set dressing aside.
  4. Rub steak all over with 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil and grill, turning every 2 minutes or so, until medium-rare (an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should register 130°), 5–9 minutes (skirt steak is generally thinner and will have a shorter cook time; flank steak is thicker and will take longer). Transfer to a cutting board and immediately brush on all sides with reserved dressing. Let rest for 10–15 minutes.
  5. If the pieces are very wide, cut the steak with the grain in half lengthwise. Thinly slice the meat against the grain. Arrange on a rimmed platter, and drizzle the juices from the cutting board and any remaining dressing over them. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.


Taken from bonappetit.com  https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/carne-asada-recipe

July 08, 2024 — Jason Klein