Dry Rub Skirt Steak

Dry Rub Skirt Steak

Falda de res asada
2 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: adobo, cumin, dry rub, oregano, paprika, pati's mexican table, skirt steak, steak
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Dry Rub Skirt Steak recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 12 “Alan Goes to College”


  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 7- to 8-ounce skirt steaks, about 1/2-inch thick, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

To Prepare

  • In a small bowl, mix all the spices with salt and pepper.
  • Pat the steaks dry and apply the spice rub on both sides. Let steaks sit for a few minutes or up to 2 hours (if more than a half an hour place in the refrigerator).
  • Heat a skillet over high heat. Add the butter and as soon as it melts, add the steaks. Sear for about 4 minutes on one side, and between 2 to 3 minutes on the second side (for medium). Adjust timing to your liking.
  • Let it rest for 3 to 4 minutes before serving.

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  1. On the ingredients, when you say oregano, you mean Mexican oregano, right? Or, is regular oregano alright to use? Also, can I use smoked paprika instead of sweet paprika? Love your show and recipes. Keep them coming. Thanks.

    1. You can use any oregano you have, Lazaro. You can use smoked paprika…it will have a different taste but also good!

  2. Hola Pati, felicidades por tu programa, es la primera vez que lo veo y me encanto.
    El show fue en el Valle de Guadalupe, me encantaria visitar los viñedos. En que lugar se puede comer esa gran costilla que presentaste en el programa? Gracias.

  3. Hi Pati, I love watching all your shows! Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful recipes! The directions say to marinate the skirt steak for up to 2 hours. Can I marinate the meat for longer (say overnight)?

  4. We really enjoy watching your show, Pati, and this recipe for skirt steak is outstanding! So simple but so flavorful. It’s a favorite at our house. Thank you!

    1. I cook it over high heat. I like mine medium, so I sear it for about 4 minutes on one side and 2-3 minutes on the other side. But if you like it more rare or more well-done you can cook for shorter or longer…

  5. Hi Patti, I loved this episode with your son Alan cooking with you. I could tell it was a bittersweet moment at the end thinking of how much you’ll miss him moving away for college. I remember the same feeling with my daughter! I cried a lot for two weeks sfter we dropped her off! It got better. Love your recipes and so far tried the green beans-great!!

  6. Cooke this last night at our fire pit party in Bussleton Western Australia and it was fabulous, I love your show on SBS Pati and even if they’re repeats I get very upset if it’s not on – I just heard about the quake at Chiapas and Oaxaca – feel very:sad and hope people are holding up OK – very very dad. Did you hear that even in D.F. the golden angle was swaying!!!!

  7. I’m a 72-year-old 100% Disabled Vietnam Vet that loves to cook. I also love everything about you and your show. I watched the episode where your son was going off to school. You made this Dry Rub Skirt Steak so I had to try it. That spice rub is now a staple in my kitchen.Writing this I just talked myself into making that meal tonight. Yeeeessssss!!!!! Thank You for such a great show. Don Parent

  8. Hola Pati!
    I watched this episode with my youngest son (11 years old) last night. I asked him if he wants to cook this meal with me and we would do it together; he said of course! He has shown an interest in cooking, so I am excited to do this with him!

    I love Mexican cuisine and you make it look so easy to prepare and you have such enthusiasm! Love your show!!

  9. I just saw the last part of your show for the first time. I will be a follower now because I love Mexican food and have always wanted to learn how to cook it. Thank you for sharing your recipes! Craig

  10. I just made this steak for dinner tonight, and it was absolutely delicious! Talk about quick and easy…my kind of recipe. Can’t wait to try many more of your recipes. Thanks!

  11. Just watched this episode. Your son Alan is so cute. What a great kid. You must be very proud of him. But I can’t believe you’re old enough to have a son going to college!!!

    Love your show!