Marinade for fajita meat?
I hate buying premade marinades at the store because you don't know what they added to make it last twenty years on the shelf. I have a good recipe for steak marinade. Does anyone have a good recipe for skirt steak fajita marinade. Thanks.
Try Aida's here on Chow. Wish I could say I've tried it but I can't. I did however save it. http://www.chow.com/recipes/10679-car... (personally I was going to add a bunch of cilantro to it)
Any Carne Asada or southwestern style skirt/flank marinade would work.
I don't like the jarred stuff either but in a pinch some of the jarred Jerk sauces are pretty good.
Aida's is almost too complex.
In Houston, our standard was fresh lime juice, chopped garlic, onion (if we thought about it), and a bit of oil. Too much sugar and it would burn on the grill.
It doesn't take much to do the job on a good skirt steak, in a ziplock bag with the air moved out. Just turn it a couple of times.
Mine is in the same vein as the others....
1/3 cup lime juice
1/3 cup tequila
1/3 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1⁄2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons red pepper flake or other chili to taste
I don't marinate my fajita meat any more. I find that it's much quicker and easier (I can have fajitas at the drop of a hat) and yields a better flavored and textured product.
Simply take the ingredients you were going to marinate the meat in (minus dried herbs and/or spices that need hydrating) and drizzle it on each fajita as you build it. The flavors will be truer and the texture of the meat will be superior.
That being said, I must disclose that I'm not a fan of marinades as a means of imparting flavors. Past salt and sugar, they don't do that good of a job of penetrating the meat for me and I don't like the change in texture it yields.
Also, I switched to flank steak from skirt steak and haven't looked back since. I like the flavor and texture better.
I've used several different marinades but by far the biggest easiest flavor bang is to simply puree a few chipotle chiles in adobo (including the adobo) and smear it over the beef. Give it 30 minutes to absorb. Salt and pepper the beef of course. Light sprinkle of lime juice brightens it up. Very simple!
Here's another idea for you. We eat a lot of fajitas and my favorite marinade is:
- olive oil
- low salt soy sauce
- tad bit of brown sugar
- lime juice
- chopped garlic
- chopped ginger
- diced green onions, including white and green parts
- turkish red pepper flakes or fresh chopped jalapeno for heat
- s & p
The list may seem long, but it's not a lot of chopping, so the marinade is ready in under 5 minutes.