Growing up in San Diego, carne asada was a staple of our diet. There was a local shop that sold the best marinaded carne asada. We'd buy it from them all the time, grill it in our backyard and make delicious burritos with all the fixings.
Between homemade carne asada burritos and carne asada burritos eaten at local taco shops, I have definitely eaten my fair share. Since going gluten free, a carne asada plate is my go to meal at Mexican restaurants because it's one of the few dishes where I know I can avoid gluten.
I have wanted to make my own carne asada marinade for a while, and I did for the first time over the winter. Since it was still chilly outside, I cooked it the same way I cook steak during the winter, but you can definitely use the grill this spring or summer too!
Carne Asada Marinade Recipe
- 1 pound grassfed flank steak
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 minced jalapeno
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon Real salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- Mix all ingredients except for oil and steak in a bowl.
- Place the steak in the marinade and allow it to soak covered in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight.
- Preheat your broiler.
- Place a cast iron pan on the stove and pre-heat it until it’s evenly hot.
- Melt the coconut oil evenly in the pan.
- Place your carne asada on the hot pan – it should be hot enough that the steak sizzles.
- Cook the steak for one minute per side then turn off your stove.
- Transfer the cast iron skillet with the carne asada to your broiler.
- Allow the carne asada to broil for around 2-3 minutes.
- Open the broiler and flip the carne asada over.
- Close the broiler then broil for another 2 minutes.
- At this point, the meat should be medium rare. If you want it more well done, cook for a couple more minutes.
- Remove your steak from the oven and allow it to rest on a plate or cutting board for about 5 minutes. Slice against the grain and serve with fresh guacamole.
- Alternatively, you can also grill the carne asada if it's warm enough outside!