Grapefruit and Habanero Skirt Steak

Grapefruit And Habanero Skirt Steak

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Patrick Johnson


This is a great steak recipe. The result is not as spicy as the name may imply. The grilled salsa, however, can deliver a zesty kick. They papaya tenderizes the steak while the other components of the marinade add depth and flavor to the meat.


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10 Min
15 Min


  • 1 c
    papaya, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c
    olive oil
  • 1
    habanero pepper, stemmed
  • 3/4 c
    grapefruit juice
  • ·
    kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb
    flank steak

  • 8 clove
    garlic, peeled
  • 3
    jalapeno peppers
  • 4
    plum tomatoes, cored
  • 1
    white onion, halved
  • 1 c
    cilantro leaves and stems, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    lime juice

How to Make Grapefruit and Habanero Skirt Steak


  1. Puree papaya and half the oil, plus habanero, grapefruit juice, slat and pepper in a blender into a smooth marinade.
  2. Pour marinade into gallon-sized resealable plastic bag.
  3. Add steak and seal bag. Marinade for 30-45 minutes but no longer.
  4. Reserve remaining marinade.
  5. Heat grill.
  6. Grill garlic, jalapenos, tomatoes and onions on hottest part of the grill, turning as needed, until charred in spots and tender.
  7. Allow vegetables to cool slightly.
  8. Peel jalapenos and transfer to blender along with garlic, tomatoes, and onions.
  9. Add remaining oil, plus cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until chunky and transfer to nonreactive bowl.

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About Grapefruit and Habanero Skirt Steak

Course/Dish: Steaks and Chops
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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