Made with just a few simple ingredients, this authentic carne asada marinade is made with soy sauce, citrus juices, and warm spices like cumin and cloves. Enjoy carne asada over rice or in warm tortillas.
I fell in love with carne asada during my visit to Sante Fe a few years ago. Smoky, tender, juicy and delicious, I couldn’t wait to get home and recreate it myself.
To made the carne asada marinade, start by juicing an orange and a lime in a large bowl. Next, grate in garlic using a grater (or mince it with a knife.)
To balance the sweet citrus juices and spicy garlic, I add in soy sauce for saltiness and apple cider vinegar for acidity. Warm spices including cumin and ground cloves help create that smokiness this steak requires.
How long should you marinade the beef?
Ideally you will marinade the beef for 4 hours or up to overnight. If you’re short on time, even just one hour will do the trick.
What’s the best cut of beef for carne asada?
You’ll want to use a well marbled cut such as skirt steak or flat ironed steak. Alternatively, flank steak works as well.
How long should you grill the carne asada beef?
It depends on your preferred method of doneness. For medium rare, which I highly recommend, I suggest 3-4 minutes per side, rotating at least once or twice before flipping.
Why do I need to let the meat rest before serving?
Before serving, let the meat rest at least 10 minutes. This will allow the juices to redistribute. If you cut too soon, all those delicious juices will be released and lost.
Before serving, I love to sprinkle with a little freshly squeezed lime juice, thinly sliced onion and fresh cilantro. A little sprinkle of kosher salt wouldn’t hurt either.
How can I freeze carne asada?
If you plan to freeze, I suggest freezing the beef raw soaking in the marinade, and then thawing overnight in the refrigerator. The best way to freeze is to vacuum seal but if that’s not feasible, place in a large resealable bag and remove ad much air as possible before freezing.
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Carne Asada Marinade
- Whisk together all ingredients and pour over skirt steak placed in a large baking dish. Cover and marinade for 4 hours or overnight.
- To cook, preheat grill on high heat. Grill steak 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.