Who doesn’t love beef skirt steak?
With fantastic flavor and versatility, it’s no wonder that it’s a barbecue classic.
Unfortunately, this piece of meat is not always an option.
Whether the prices have gone up, the butcher is out of stock or you simply want to try something new.
There are plenty of awesome substitutes for skirt steak.
Have a read of this guide to discover the perfect replacement for skirt steak.
With great marbling, flank steak has a similar size and flavor to skirt steak.
When slicing flank steak, go across the grain to break the muscle fiber.
Be careful not to overcook flank steak as it will become tough and rubbery.
Hanger steak comes from the diaphragm muscle, along the lower belly.
It is tender, juicy and a perfect substitute for skirt steak.
If you’re looking for something with rich flavor, give hanger steak a go.
Can’t find hanger steak at the supermarket? See the substitutes you can use for a similar flavor.
Sirloin Flap Steak (Sirloin Tips)
Sirloin tip comes from the side of the cow.
It is very lean, not as tender as skirt steak, but good for low and slow cooks.
With its strong beefy flavor, this cut of meat marinades well and is perfect in rich sauces.
Flat Iron Steak
The flat iron steak comes from the shoulder of the cow.
Rich in marbling, it is also more tender than skirt steak.
Make sure that it cooks properly by slicing it thinly across the grain before cooking.
Like the flat iron steak, Denver steak comes from the chuck area.
This cut is very versatile, affordable and can be used in a variety of dishes.
However, it’s a bit thicker than skirt steak so you will need to adjust cooking times.
This type of meat comes from the short loin of the cow.
With a tender and juicy texture, it’s best in recipes that require rich and buttery flavor.
No need to marinate this cut, use a spice rub instead to bring out its natural flavor.
This juicy steak comes from the lower part of the short loin.
Striploin steak is thicker than skirt steak but comes with an intense flavor.
Perfect in fajitas and slow-cooking, this steak has amazing flavor and is a clear winner.
Ribeye is one of the most popular cuts of beef, making it an excellent substitute.
Be careful not to overcook ribeye as it will result in a chewy texture.
Ribeye can come with or without bones, but we recommend boneless for an easier cook.
Top round steak is a great substitute as it’s cooked in the same way as skirt.
Leaner than skirt steak, top round is also a thicker cut.
Top round is a tasty choice and excellent when making London Broil or carne asada.
Tri-tip is super cheap and works well as a substitute.
This tender meat is a triangle steak that comes from the sirloin.
When trimming tri-tip, make sure to cut after cooking to get the best possible flavor.
Beef Fajita Strips
Beef fajita strips are an excellent choice if you’re making stir-fry.
They are very thin and cook very quickly.
Fajita meat can also be bought frozen, fresh or pre-marinated from the butcher shop.
Tenderizing Your Skirt Steak
Skirt steak will always have a special place in our hearts but always make sure you tenderize it.
This ensures you get a juicy tender piece of steak.
If you can’t get your hands on this cut of beef there’s no need to worry!
There are plenty of delicious, affordable substitutes that you can use instead.
In fact, you might end up with a new favorite…
So, next time you feel like steak, try one of these options instead!
What do you like to substitute skirt steak with?
Author: Charlie Reeves
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