Romanian Garlic Skirt Steaks

If you like the sanguine flavor of beef and the nose-tweaking pungency of garlic, you’ll adore this garlicky skirt steak, inspired by Sammy s Roumanian in New York City. Sammy’s is Manhattan’s most famous (some would say most infamous) Jewish-style restaurant: Dinner at this Lower East Side landmark is like attending a boisterous bar mitzvah that happens to be open to the public. Sammy’s gives both skirt steaks and veal chops the royal garlic treatment. My own contribution to the recipe is a blast of oregano and hot paprika.


Romanian Garlic Skirt Steaks

Recipe Notes

  • Advance Prep: 2 to 4 hours for marinating the steaks
  • Method: Direct Grilling


  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steaks
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper
  • Hungarian hot paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic (see Tip), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Place the steaks in a baking dish. Generously season them on both sides with salt, pepper, and paprika. Drizzle the steaks on both sides with the olive oil, patting it on with your fingertips. Sprinkle the garlic and oregano over the steaks, again patting them on with your fingertips. Let the steaks marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for 2 to 4 hours. Be sure you tightly cover the baking dish with plastic wrap.

Step 2: Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.

Step 3: When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Place the steaks on the hot grate and grill until cooked to taste, 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. When ready to turn, the steaks will be nicely browned on the bottom. To test for doneness, use the poke method; the meat should be gently yielding for medium-rare. Transfer the steaks to a platter or plates and let rest for 2 minutes, then serve at once.

Recipe Tips

How many garlic cloves you use depends on how intense a garlic flavor you want. I go for broke.

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