Monday, February 8, 2010

Spicy Orange Glazed Skirt Steak Lettuce Wraps

1 lb skirt steak
1/3 cup orange juice
1/8 tsp crystallized ginger, minced
1 tsp honey
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp cilantro
salt to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper
4 lettuce leaves
sliced scallion for garnish

Mix together everything but the steak in a plastic zipper bag, put aside half. Stab the steak all over with a fork on both sides and then put it in the bag with half the marinade. Let it marinate for a couple hours in the fridge or about a half hour at room temperature. Remove the steak and pat it dry with some paper towels. Heat a couple tbls of oil in a skillet on high and sear the steak on both sides until there is only a minute or so until it's done how you like. Turn the heat down to medium, pour the reserved marinade over it and flip it several times to coat. Let it sit until finished cooking, flipping it again before you remove it to make sure it's coated. Let rest for 3-4 minutes and slice thin, against the grain. Wrap several pieces of steak in a lettuce leaf with some scallion.

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I had a pound of skirt steak in the freezer from the last time I bought some and I decided to make something with it. I just kind of whipped this up and it turned out really well. I love that. I had some fancy pants orange juice that my girlfriend had bought, which was for the best since it's the major flavor in the marinade. A lesser juice wouldn't have been nearly as good. Fresh would have been ideal, of course, but you work with what you have.

So I marinated the steak up and seared it. Once it was almost cooked I poured in some reserved marinade and flipped it a couple times to coat. The glaze wound up getting pretty dark, next time I'm going to reduce the heat more I think. I was feeling healthy so I made some lettuce wraps with it, plus I had some scallion that I tossed in there for good measure. It was wicked good, I'm glad I wrote down what I was doing (for once) when I was making the marinade.Who out there has done lettuce wraps before? This was actually my first time, it was a nice change of pace.

27 comments:

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Yum! Great flavour. I have a brand new head of lettuce..

Angie's Recipes said...

That looks so appetizing! I go get some Aussie Shiraz to join you!

5 Star Foodie said...

Yum! The spicy orange glaze with ginger & honey sounds fantastic!

Dawn said...

I love orange glaze with a bit of heat. You know as a teenager, when I was a horrible cook, I used to slice the skirt steak the wrong way and always thought it was the worst steak ever. Years later I finally was told to slice it the other way....

Hungry Dog said...

These look awesome. I've never made lettuce wraps myself though have had them often in Vietnamese or Thai food or Chinese food for that matter. ANyway, love the idea of orange juice--brilliant!

Bridgett said...

My mouth is watering while looking at that gorgeous skirt steak. The flavors here look and sound amazing and I could easily get used to this meal. The lettuce looks so perfectly crisp! Love it.

Karen said...

I've had tuna salad wraps before... they're real good. I think OJ is a great marinade for meat.

A Year on the Grill said...

Great ingredients... should be wonderful! saving this recipe

Joanne said...

I love skirt steak - it is my favorite cut of beef. Melts in your mouth like butter. I bet the orange citrusyness was perfect for cutting some of that fact taste. Glorious.

Goldie said...

Oooh, you cooked it JUST RIGHT!!!!! Nice job!

pigpigscorner said...

The steak looks perfectly cooked! Love the sauce!

Julie said...

That looks like some good eatin' right there. Bet they're really good with the crunch of the lettuce going on.

The Duo Dishes said...

Lettuce wraps (or even bok choy or napa cabbage) make a nice sub for bread, tortillas, etc. It does feel lighter somehow. Nice dinner!

Mini Baker said...

my fav thing ever is lettuce wraps from PFChangs. and yours look just as good!
-Mini

Mary said...

This looks OMG delicious. That glaze sounds wonderful and your pictures are terrific. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary.

Pocky said...

Nice!!!! "fancy pants orange juice" lol

Looks great. I like the idea of using lettuce instead of regular tortillas.

Pam said...

What a great recipe - the marinade sounds wonderful.

noble pig said...

I absolutely love the whole orange idea here...yummy.

Anncoo said...

Looks great! Tender and juicy.

noobcook said...

so yummy. the steak slices look really tender!

Cathy said...

I love the orange marinade. What a tasty way to eat healthy. Lettuce wraps=good eats!

unconfidentialcook said...

I don't do lettuce wraps, I don't know why...but they're great for South Beach, and just for good eating. I'm gonna start doing this!

Jen said...

I'm a PF Changs alumni (worked there for 2 years in college) so I love me some lettuce wraps! I like the steak idea a lot though, thanks!

Steph said...

I love lettuce wraps. They're so refreshing!

Kris said...

low-carb and delish! nicely done...

Bo said...

Looks very delisious. I love lettuce wraps. It is like healthy man food.

Danielle said...

mmm...i really like lettuce wraps. I wonder why I've only made them once? silly me! this looks so darned good!!

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