Guest post: Grilled Skirt Steak with Cilantro Pesto, Jessi’s Kitchen

While bacon gets tons of attention and love, and yes we do enjoy a crispy piece of bacon, nothing tops the ‘oh wow’ feelings from a perfectly cooked steak. You know what I am talking about, no dryness, excellent flavor, and practically melts like butter in your mouth texture. 

Steak goes front and center in our summer meal rotation as it is so quick and easy to grill up. However, the skirt steak (while a cost effective cut) can sometimes be tricky to cook to perfection since it is a bit thinner. But never fear – Jessi from Jessi’s Kitchen joins us today to show you how to master the skirt steak and how to up the ‘wow factor’ with a CILANTRO PESTO topping!

Take it away Jessi! 


Paleo Parents Guest post: Grilled Skirt Steak with Cilantro Pesto, Jessi's Kitchen
I am really excited to be doing a guest post for Paleo Parents. I have enjoyed following Matt and Stacy for quite some time and am honored to be contributing.

Just to give you all a quick introduction, my name is Jessi and I created the website Jessi’s Kitchen. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder about two years ago and had to make some major dietary changes in order to reduce inflammation. I started Jessi’s Kitchen to challenge myself to be creative in the kitchen and to make sure I didn’t lose my love for food and cooking.

Summer is in full swing here in Tennessee. It seems that we now just skip over spring and go from winter right to summer. Grilling has always been one of my favorite ways to cook. I was that strange kid in high school that would smoke our Thanksgiving turkeys and a myriad of other things. I grill foods all year long but it definitely makes it more enjoyable when you aren’t freezing to death.

Paleo Parents Guest post: Grilled Skirt Steak with Cilantro Pesto, Jessi's Kitchen

Skirt steak has become one of my favorite cuts of meat to grill. It is usually extremely affordable and has a lot of really great flavor. Our local meat farmer had a huge sale on it recently and we stocked up. I finally perfected the marinade recipe and decided I would share it. I also included my favorite cilantro pesto recipe that you can drizzle on top of the steak. We go through cilantro like candy in our house and it complements the steak perfectly.


Grilled Skirt Steak with Cilantro Pesto



  1. Place all of the steak marinade ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  2. Place the steak in a shallow dish or a bag and pour the marinade over the steak. Let it marinade for about two hours, periodically flipping the steak.
  3. While the steak is marinating place the cilantro, garlic and serrano (or jalapeno) pepper in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until mixture is combined. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. After two hours pull the steak out and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat your grill to 500. Take the steak out of the marinade and pat dry with a paper towel.
  6. Place the steak on the grill and sear on each side for 3-5 minutes (see notes).
  7. Take the steak off the grill and let rest for about five minutes and then slice the steak against the grain.
  8. Drizzle some pesto on top and enjoy!
  9. Notes: Cooking time for skirt steak is really going to vary on your cut. Skirt steak can vary a lot in thickness. Some cuts will be about a 1/8 inch thick and will only take about 1-2 minutes a side. Mine was about 1 inch thick and took about four minutes a side. I would recommend a meat thermometer to ensure you don’t overcook it. This steak is best at medium rare to medium (130-140 degrees Fahrenheit).

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Jessi Heggan grew up loving to spend time in the kitchen creating new and fun foods for friends and family, but had to rethink the way she cooked when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at 24. She turned to her kitchen for healing and began creating new and healthier recipes in the process. Her husband, Joey, is her willing recipe tester and her friends and family always insist that she cook for every event. Jessi photographs each of her recipes and posts them on her website, She’s passionate about helping people learn to cook and enjoy healthy and clean food as much as she does now. Connect with Jessi: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest[/author_info] [/author]

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