Grilled Steak Recipe – Marinated Steak Carne Asada Verde

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Are you looking for a grilled steak recipe? We love to grill and creating Central, CA. style recipes (known as Santa Maria-style steak). I am sharing how we make our Steak Carne Asada at home. We love grilled recipes and sharing them with you.

Who wants to put the fun back into weeknights and their dinners? Grilling not only is easy, it’s fun. Here’s why: #1 it doesn’t heat up the kitchen, because the steak is cooked on a grill #2 makes clean up easy which leaves more time for fun! #3 You’ll love to eat grilled food that’s fresh and tasty! I’ll show you how easy it is to marinate the steaks along with creating colorful side dishes for a quick, easy grilled meal to use any day of the week. 

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What’s great about this Steak Carne Asada is that it is a marinated steak recipe in a Verde marinade. You can make the marinade, and prep the side dishes ahead of time! Or make it on the same day if you like. 

Steak Carne Asada 

Grilled Recipe| Grilled Steak |Carne Asada Verde

Steak is one of our family favorites and living in Central, California gives you plenty of time for grilling. The weather here has the best, spring and fall seasons! My family loves a nice tender, juicy cut of steak that had been cooked to perfection. What about yours?

This 30-minute meal will have them satisfied and ready for an evening walk, playing games… What’s not to love about a quick dinner that you can serve up any day of the week!? Perfect for allowing you more time for fun in your evenings?!

Grilled Recipe| Marinated grilled steak dinner

For me, it’s all about making it easier at dinner time. I enjoy creating easy recipes everyone can enjoy! I have a hungry teen at home. Quite often you’ll find me making an appetizer to hold her over. I also love adding lots of fresh vegetables and fruits for our meals. When eating marinated steak this way you can squeeze lime on it. Oh, so good!

What types of steak is used for Carne Asada? 

Traditionally, Carne Asada is made with a flank or skirt steak and sliced thinly. But, you can also use a good steak like sirloin or a Tri-tip roast sliced thinly. 

It is also served with tortillas. 

How To Grill Corn 

Grilled Mexican Corn

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Let me share how easy it is to make this grilled Mexican Style Corn and Marinated Steak Recipe giving you a juicy and flavorful finish that everyone will love.

  1. Open the corn husks slightly, wash off and pat dry the corn.
  2. Spread butter and Parmesan Cheese on the corn. 
  3. Then sprinkle the corn with paprika, fold husks back on.
  4. Next put the corn on a microwave-safe plate to microwave.
  5. Microwave the corn for approx 5-8 minutes per corn. (Example 3 corn approx 20 min. on one plate)
  6. Now they are ready to be grilled with husks on cutting down the time.
  7. Grill with husks on and for about the same amount of time steaks are being cooked.

We used sweet corn for our recipe but, any corn will do.

How To Make Carne Asada 

Carne Asada Verde 

Grilled Recipe |Steps to Marinated Steak

Steak Marinade Central, California Style

The steak marinade is easy to make!

  1. Take your garlic cloves and peel them
  2. Slice a quarter to half of your poblano chili pepper
  3. Slice the jalapeno chili pepper  (use gloves and seed chili peppers)
  4. Take a large handful of cilantro with the stems cut off
  5. Add olive oil and oregano.
  6. Toss them into the food processor.
  7. Then squeeze half a lime’s juice and blend until chopped finely but, don’t over-process.
  8. Spread mixture on the steaks and grind black pepper onto the steaks.
  9. Then place the steaks and mixture into a plastic bag (We use food storage bags for marinating the steak) or dish covered with saran wrapand refrigerate a minimum of 30-40 minutes up to 2 hours. The longer the better! You can even do this way ahead of time, like the night before. 

Grilled Recipe | Grilled Steak and Corn On the Grill Cooking

Take out the marinated steak. Let the steak get to more of room temperature, before putting it onto the grill. Then add to the steak on the grill.

  • NOTE: Toss plastic bag with extra marinade. Do not use excess marinate, unless you are cooking it as shown in the photo.
  • This recipe makes enough for 4 -6 steaks.

Carne Asada Steak  Recipe

An easy delicious way to marinate your steak to have it flavorful and juicy! Perfect for barbecuing.

Steak Carne Asada

Yield: 4

Grilled Steak: Marinated Steak Carne Asada Verde CA Style

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Are you ready to make grilled steak? You will love this Carne Asada Steak! It's marinated in a green (Verde) marinade, then grilled and sliced thinly. This is also known as a Santa Maria style steak. See how to make Carne Asada Verde, grilled corn, and the sides that pair perfectly with your steaks.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 11 minutes


  • 4 Steaks (flank steak, skirt steak, sirloin steak, or tri-tip roast that has been sliced)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • cilantro large handful at least 1/2 cup
  • 1 lime
  • 1 poblano chile pepper and or jalapeno seeded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano


  1. Peel garlic and put three cloves in your food processor (or chop finely)
  2. Wash and seed your chile pepper put in your food processor or finely chop
  3. Add the juice of half a lime
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  5. Add 1 teaspoon oregano
  6. Next blend all ingredients in a food processor / or if chopped add together and stir.
  7. Then spread over the steaks.
  8. Grind Black pepper onto each steak.
  9. Put into a plastic bag or dish adding extra. If using a dish cover with saran wrap.
  10. Grill your steak on a high heat 8-10 minutes on each side.
  11. Let the grilled steak rest
  12. Slice and serve!


  • Let steak marinate at least 30 - 45 minutes. 
  • Do not reuse marinade if it has touched the meat or put in the bag. 
  • Spread excess on steaks to be cooked or toss.
  • If you have little kids you can reserve a steak without the marinade. Just salt, pepper and lightly use garlic powder. 
  • This isn't spicy as the peppers have been seeded.
  • Let your steak rest 5 minutes before slicing

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 695Total Fat 48gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 214mgSodium 119mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 59g

Not all nutritional information is always 100% accurate.

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Find our salsa recipes and (appetizer recipes here) I made to go with this grilled recipe. The salsas were: Salsa Verde and a Fresh Strawberry Avocado Salsa.

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Looking for other Carne Asada Steak recipes to try? We spotted a few that are on our list for when we want a change from our recipe. 

Find our salsa recipes and (appetizer recipes here).

Shopping in Central, California

Where can you get all your groceries in one place for this recipe? 

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One thing that makes it easy for us is grabbing all my groceries and weekly needs at our favorite warehouse store Smart & Final. It’s really convenient and there are great brand choices! The fresh fruits, veggies, and meats are the best! I’m always trying to think ahead to keep things simple for our busy lifestyle. Knowing I’ll have steak leftovers I grab things like Mexican rice and La Romanella tomato sauce, which makes a perfect side dish for our next nights’ meal. 

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Above is where we purchased our food storage bags and ramekin dishes for serving salsas. This is just one of the isles in our local store where we shopped for our groceries for this steak recipe we shared with you today!

Carne Asada Grilled Steak - Steak Marinade Recipe - Easy to make, marinate the steak in and grill. Flavorful, juicy steak cooked on the grill.

 I made to go with this grilled recipe. The salsas were: Salsa Verde and a Fresh Strawberry Avocado Salsa

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    1. Hi Lauren, We used a thin cut tri tip steak (You’ll find them in a roast cut most often) for our steak dinner this night. New York steak and rib eye would be great too. But, honestly any cut of beef would be good with the marinate. Happy grilling!

  1. That grilled corn looks delish! My husband would love that steak:) do you think it would be good with chicken?

    1. Hi Joanna, Yes I do! I think you could even use it on fish if you wanted. The herb mixture is very easy to make and would be perfect for any beef, chicken or fish. Hope you get to try it!

    1. Thanks Lauren! We love grilling and get a lot of it done year round. Summers are a fun time though love grilling and keeping the kitchen cool.

  2. Grilled steak and corn is probably one of my family’s favorite meals. I love how you did your corn. Never thought to microwave it. #client

    1. Hi Carolyn, I learned that trick from my step mom, who learned it from a friend. It really helps it so the corn doesn’t burn. Thanks for your visit.

  3. this sounds very flavorful. I’ve been loving flank steak on the grill lately and I think this would be a great addition to it

    1. Hi Christine, I haven’t tried using flank steak that much. I bet it would be perfect with this on the grill. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I had someone email me about variety of peppers and ask about Serrano chilie peppers. I don’t include in the recipe. I want to say that all peppers comes with a variety of heat to them. Some are milder than others. Pick the peppers that best suit your family and what your accustomed to. My pepper of preference is a milder ones the Poblano, Jalapeno and Aneheim peppers. If you have never used peppers before I’m adding a resource list below to help you!
    Also Use gloves when preparing peppers or I often will stick my hand in a plastic bag and use it as a glove. I seed my peppers prior to using in the recipe. I have this step in the recipe directions but, am repeating it in case someone misses that point. If you need a reference to the variety of chilie heat use these references for heat index. and
    Hope this helps anyone who is concerned with using certain peppers. Hope this helps, Theresa

  5. This all sounds so delicious! Especially the corn, I have always wanted to grill but never knew the right way! Pinning for later! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Jeannine, Oh, it’s super easy and yummy. We used grated Parmesan for the corn but, you can use any kind. Oh, it’s easy! Get your grill on this summer girl!

  6. This looks delicious! Simple enough that I could give it a try. It looks so flavorful and I kinda want to lick my screen.

  7. My boys love steak, and this recipe looks fairly easy. The corn look delicious too. Thanks for sharing on Small Victories Sunday link up.

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