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Carne asada sliced into pieces on a cutting board.
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BEST Carne Asada Recipe

Carne asada that's easy, delicious and flavorful. Proof that a few simple ingredients make for the most flavorful meat. Watch the video above to see how easy it is to make!
Prep Time: 2 hrs
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Meal
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Carne Asada, Carne Asada Recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 293kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 1 ½ lbs flank steak
  • cup olive oil
  • 3 limes juiced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Whisk all of the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. 
  • Add the steak to a glass or non-reactive baking tray and pour the marinade on top. Ensure both side of the steak are well coated, cover the baking tray with plastic wrap and marinate for 1-4 hours. Alternatively, you could marinate in a plastic bag.
    Marinating carne asada in a glass container.
  • Heat a grill on medium-high heat. Add the carne asada and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side. Remove the steak to a cutting board and let it rest for another 5 minutes.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice the carne asada at an angle against the grain. From there, you can further chop the carne asada into smaller pieces, if you'd like.
    Sliced up grilled carne asada on a board.



  • I think carne asada is best when cooked on an outdoor grill. But if you're without one (as I currently am) this reversible grill/griddle is great for your stovetop.
  • Remember to double-check the angle of the grain before cooking. Then, it's easy to determine how to slice against the grain once it's done.


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.3g | Protein: 31.9g | Fat: 16.8g | Saturated Fat: 4.9g | Cholesterol: 90.7mg | Sodium: 78.2mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.3g