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Cast Iron Carne Asada

A Flavorsome Carne Asada

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  • Author: wellness sleuth
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


Carne Asada is a delectable dinner dish that will fit perfectly in any family setting. This Mexican-style grilled steak recipe can bring a unique flavor to your kitchen; the mix of meats, spices, and sauces might just become your newest family favorite. 


Marinade Ingredients:

3 T. extra virgin olive oil
3 T. fresh orange juice
1 t. orange zest, preferably organic
2 T. fresh lime juice
3 T. tamari or coconut aminos
3-4 large cloves fresh garlic, peeled and smashed
1 t. chili powder
½ t. ground cumin
1 t. Mexican oregano
2 T. fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1 t. sea salt
½ t. black pepper

Remaining Ingredients:

1½ lbs. skirt or flank steak
8-oz. cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 T. fresh cilantro, chopped, divided
½ medium red onion, chopped small
3 T. fresh lime juice, divided
1 large avocado, chopped
5-6 large radishes, trimmed and sliced thin
1 large lime, cut into 8 wedges
2 oz. Cotija cheese, crumbled
1 large jalapeño, sliced


  1. To prepare the marinade, combine all ingredients together into a medium bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.

  2. Place the steak into a freezer bag and pour the marinade on top. Seal the bag tightly and turn several times to ensure the steak is evenly coated. Marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes (but less than 2 hours) or place in the refrigerator overnight. 

Tip: If marinating the steak in the refrigerator, allow time for the steak to come to room temperature, approximately 20-30 minutes, before cooking.


  1. Combine the tomatoes, one tablespoon fresh cilantro, red onion, and two tablespoons fresh lime juice in a bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.

  2. To prevent browning, toss the chopped avocado with the remaining lime juice in a small bowl and set aside.

  3. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the steak from the marinade and let excess liquid drip off before placing in the hot skillet. Sear for 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare, or until the meat reaches the desired level of doneness.

    Tip: Use the grilling option on this chart (and an instant-read thermometer) to determine desired cooking temperature:

  4. Remove from heat and allow steak to rest 5 minutes before thinly slicing it against the grain. Serve immediately with the seasoned tomatoes, diced avocado, sliced radishes, lime wedges, and the remaining fresh cilantro. Top with sliced jalapeño and Cotija cheese. Offer guacamole, gluten-free tortillas, and/or lettuce wraps on the side, if desired. Enjoy!


Optional, to serve:

Gluten-free tortillas and/or lettuce wraps.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

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