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Making Carne Asada in the oven is a great way to enjoy the quintessential Mexican dish when an outdoor grill isn’t an option (or you just don’t feel like grilling!). You can achieve that same succulent, melt-in-your-mouth steak in the oven with a cast iron grill pan. 

sliced carne asada made in the oven on a black cutting board with knife and citrus fruits photographed from above.

While carne asada may look like a typical steak at first glance, the flavors tell a different story. Particularly in this version with vinegar and an aromatic trifecta of citrus (orange, lemon, and lime juice) for tenderness, and cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, and cumin for mouthwatering flavor. 

Ingredients You Need to Make Carne Asada

Carne Asada in the oven Ingredients on a white marble board.
  • Steak: outside skirt steak is best for tenderness and flavor, but flank steak will also work

Carne Asada Marinade

  • Jalapeño: leave the seeds if you like for extra spicy kick
  • Garlic: fresh garlic cloves 
  • Fresh Cilantro: tender leaves and stems
  • Orange: juice of 1 fresh orange
  • Lime: juice of 1 fresh lime
  • Lemon: juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: or white vinegar if that’s what you have on hand
  • Olive Oil: ideally extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor
  • Ground Cumin
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Fun Fact

Though most people translate “carne asada” as “grilled meat,” “asada” is actually a more flexible adjective that can be used to describe roasting, broiling, or grilling. So making carne asada in the oven isn’t cheating at all!

Choosing the Right Pan

A cast iron grill pan is ideal for this recipe (And for another reader favorite, Chicken Kabobs in the oven). Preheating the grill pan, starting in a cold oven, means that it’s sizzling hot when you add the marinated steak. So you get that lovely sear that you expect from an outdoor grill.

That said, if you don’t have a grill pan, broiling the steak in a foil lined baking sheet is a great option too. Directions for both in the recipe card. 

sliced carne asada made in the oven on a black cutting board with knife and citrus fruits.

Choosing the Right Cut of Steak

Most carne asada recipes call for skirt steak or flank steak. If you have the option, I recommend outside skirt steak for its texture and taste.

How to Know When Your Carne Asada is Ready

Inserting an instant-read thermometer horizontally into the thickest part of your steak is the most accurate check for doneness – 130°F for medium rare, 10 to 12 minutes until it reaches 140°F for medium. (The steak will continue to cook during the resting period before slicing). This works best if your steak is at least 1/2-inch thick. 

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How to Make Carne Asada in the Oven

Combine skirt steak with carne asada marinade ingredients in a large glass baking dish whisk together; cover and refrigerate for at least 1 and up to to 8 hours.

raw skirt steak in carne asada marinade in glass baking dish.

To cook: Preheat a cast iron grill pan (see recipe card for broiling option) to 425˚F, starting in a cold oven. Remove preheated grill pan with oven mitts and brush lightly with vegetable oil. Add steaks in a single layer (they should sizzle) and cook 4 to 7 minutes per side, 130°F for medium-rare. Transfer steak to cutting board; let rest 5 minutes then slice across the grain and serve.

cooked carne asada steak on grill pan with steam rising.

Carne Asada in the Oven

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Calories: 344
Servings: 6 people
No need for an outdoor grill when you can make this succulent steak in your oven!

Ingredients  

  • 2 pounds skirt steak trimmed of excess fat

Carne Asada Marinade

  • 1 jalapeño seeded and minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • juice of 1 orange
  • juice of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • In a large glass baking dish whisk together Carne Asada marinade ingredients (jalapeño through black pepper) until combined. Add skirt steak in a single layer, turning to coat with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but no longer than 8 hours (longer will begin to break down the meat).

Grill Pan Instructions

  • Add cast iron grill pan to cold oven and preheat oven to 425˚F.
  • With oven mitts, remove preheated grill pan from oven and brush lightly with vegetable oil. Arrange steaks in a single layer on grill pan (they should sizzle when they touch the pan). Place in oven and cook 8 to 14 minutes (depending on steak thickness), flipping steaks half way through cooking time for medium-rare (remove from oven when internal temperature reads 130°F).

Broiling Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Adjust oven rack so that your steak will be about 2 to 3 inches from the heat. Set the oven to broil on high.
  • Place marinated steak on prepared baking sheet and broil 5 to 7 minutes per side, depending on your desired doneness. (130˚F for medium-rare, 140˚F for medium, 160˚F for well done).
  • Transfer steak to cutting board and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice thinly across the grain and serve.

Notes

  1. Ask your butcher or grocery meat counter for ‘outside skirt steak’ for the most flavorful and juicy results.
  2. Note that the longer you marinate the skirt steak, the more tender and flavorful it will become. But be sure to cook it within 8 hours to maintain the texture of the meat.
  3. For the juiciest steak, I recommend cooking to medium-rare. If you prefer to cook it longer, here are your target internal temperatures before resting the meat: 140˚F for medium, 160˚F for well done.

Nutrition

Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 490mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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16 Comments

  1. Jonathan says:

    What can I use instead of cast-iron?

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi Jonathan! A broiler pan or oven-safe grill pan would work.

  2. Valentina says:

    I’ve made your “Authentic Carne Asada” a few times, so I know this one will also be fantastic. And what a great alternate way of cooking it. ~Valentina

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      aww…I love to hear that, Valentina! So glad you’re enjoying the grilled version – I bet this one will be a hit too!

  3. John Rhoe says:

    5 stars
    My Ex-wife and I used to make Carne Asada very much like this only I added liquid smoke. I recommend that you add Liquid smoke to this recipe.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi John! Honestly, I don’t care for the flavor of liquid smoke, but am glad to hear that you’re adding your own twist to the recipe.