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Skirt steak.....Inner vs Outer?

Artie Mar 20, 2005 09:46 AM

Can someone please explain the difference between inner skirt steaks and outer skirt steaks and what dishes each should be used for?
Thank You

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    Bill RE: Artie Mar 20, 2005 02:27 PM

    I use skirt steak for all kinds of things and I have never heard of inner v outer skirt. I would not worry about the difference

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      Jim Washburn RE: Artie Mar 20, 2005 03:20 PM

      All the skirt steak I see in grocery stores in Texas is labelled inner or inside skirt. I have heard or read someplace that the outside skirt is marginally more desirable, and nearly all of it goes to restaurants.


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        Jim H. RE: Artie Mar 20, 2005 03:51 PM

        I think outer skirt is flap steak...found in some markets.

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          Greg Spence RE: Artie Mar 21, 2005 11:37 AM

          Here's a link with the differences. The inner is more desirable and most traditional for fajitas.

          Link: http://www.beeffoodservice.com/Cuts/i...

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          1. re: Greg Spence
            Jim Washburn RE: Greg Spence Mar 21, 2005 03:08 PM

            In an article in The Sacramento Bee of 10 November 2004 food editor Mike Dunne quotes John Paul Khoury, chef for the Northern California region of the beef distributor Preferred Meats, saying, "The outside skirt provides far superior eating to the inside skirt, which is larger and not as tender. Outside skirts make excellent fajitas, steaks and are particularly good as roulades with various savory fillings."


            1. re: Jim Washburn
              Greg Spence RE: Jim Washburn Mar 22, 2005 01:25 PM

              I stand corrected, Jim. The outside cut is indeed the preferred cut for fajitas.

            2. re: Greg Spence
              Karl S. RE: Greg Spence Mar 21, 2005 04:44 PM

              The outer is often labelled "diaphragm".

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