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Chef John’s Grilled Mojo Beef

Chef John's Grilled Mojo Beef Recipe and Video


This Cuban-inspired mojo marinade would work great as an all-purpose marinade for just about anything destined for the grill, but skirt steak is Chef John's top choice.


  • 2 pounds beef skirt steak
  • 1 large navel orange, juiced
  • 3 lime (2" dia)s limes, juiced
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt for finishing
  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Cut skirt steaks into about 3 or 4 smaller pieces so it's easier to fit them into marinade dish.
  2. Whisk orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, cumin, pepper, oregano, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl. Place skirt steak pieces, 1 at a time, into the marinade to thoroughly coat them. Add sliced onions and toss with the meat.
  3. Transfer mixture and marinade to a resealable plastic bag. Squeeze out air, seal bag, and place on a dish. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Transfer pieces of meat onto paper towel-lined rimmed sheet pan to drain for a couple of minutes.
  5. Cook over hot coals. Grill first side 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and grill second side until internal temperature is about 125 degrees F (53 degrees C). Look for a shiny glossy surface indicating the meat juice is coming to the surface; this indicates the meat is just about done. Transfer to a plate and allow meat to rest a few minutes.
  6. Slice into 1/2-inch slices and arrange on a serving plate. Spoon accumulated juices over the meat. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt and chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

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Nutritional Information

Chef John's Grilled Mojo Beef

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 381.5
% Daily Value *
protein: 58 %
carbohydrates: 5 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 14 %
fat: 36 %
saturated fat: 29 %
cholesterol: 17 %
vitamin a iu: 13 %
niacin equivalents: 85 %
vitamin b6: 44 %
vitamin c: 74 %
folate: 9 %
calcium: 9 %
iron: 18 %
magnesium: 14 %
potassium: 16 %
sodium: 85 %
thiamin: 19 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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