Spicy Skirt Steak with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Skirt steak is a long, narrow cut of beef; you may have to order from your butcher. If unavailable, try flank steak instead and cook it over medium heat (not high) for 8 to 10 minutes.

Spicy Skirt Steak with Avocado Sauce
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Grill Time:
4 mins
Stand Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 English cucumber

  • 1 medium avocado, peeled and pitted

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh dill

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 2 teaspoon minced jalapeño chile peppers

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 pound skirt steak, trimmed of fat

  • Olive oil

  • 1 recipe Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

  • Reserved cucumber (from Spicy Skirt Steak with Avocado Dipping Sauce), sliced

  • 1 miniature yellow sweet pepper, sliced

  • 1 small shallot, sliced

  • ¼ cup chopped red sweet pepper

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper


  1. For Avocado Dipping sauce, cut about 3 inches from cucumber and coarsely chop (reserve remaining for Cucumber Salad). Place in a food processor or blender. Add avocado, sour cream, dill, lime juice, jalapeño, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Puree until smooth. Pour into a bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. For rub, in a small bowl combine the 2 teaspoons salt, the dry mustard, chipotle chile powder, black pepper, coriander, and cumin; set aside. Cut steak into portions, if needed, to make them easier to handle on the grill. Lightly brush steaks on all sides with olive oil; season evenly with rub. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  3. Prepare grill for direct cooking over high heat (about 500°F).* Grill steaks over heat, with lid closed as much as possible, for 4 to 6 minutes for medium-rare, turning once or twice. Remove steaks from grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice across the grain in 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve warm with Avocado Dipping Sauce and Cucumber Salad.

Cucumber Salad

  1. In a bowl combine cucumber, yellow pepper, shallot, red pepper, lime juice, olive oil, dill, and salt and pepper to taste.

*Direct Grilling:

For this method, the food is placed on the grill rack directly over the heat source. Direct grilling is best for searing and cooking small, tender cuts that cook in 30 minutes or less, such as steaks, burgers, or boneless chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

363 Calories
22g Fat
7g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 363
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 695mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 33.7mg 168%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 825mg 18%
Folate, total 44.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 5.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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