Skirt Steak – Entraña

One of the least expensive cuts of meat used in an asado, entraña is what many know as the skirt steak. The cuts are exactly the same. The meat is rich in flavor and extremely juicy, but can be at times be rather chewy and tough. If you are familiar with skirt steak then you will know that it usually comes with a slightly thick layer of fat and muscle membrane; similar to what coats the cuts of vacio. Although trimming the surrounding membrane will make the meat easier on the teeth, it is typically left on. Leaving it on will help to keep the juices inside with a tasty crispy exterior.

Entraña Raw - Skirt Steak


Since this is a cut of meat, factor the amount you need with the weight of the other cuts you will be cooking so that you have half a kilo, or one pound, of meat in total per person.


A good rub of coarse salt is all that is needed for the entraña. However, a generous rubbing of chimichurri can also do wonders. The cuts are usually quite thin and therefore should be on the grill near the end along other meats that do not require lengthy times. Flip when the side facing the grill is golden and crunchy. Cooking time usually only takes about 20-30 minutes over a hot grill.

A couple readers thought that I blew it and burned the meat upon seeing the first photo I posted here. View it here. As you can see with the photo below, the true original, there is a bad blue shadow and glow going on due to bad lighting. The meat had no charring whatsoever. I tried my best to edit it out while keeping the meat true to the original color. The meat ended up looking burnt in some areas and I made a bad judgement to upload it until I could get another photo. I should have posted an disclaimer but didn’t. My apologies.

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23 Comment(s)

  1. Here’s how I make Entraña. After a good rub of salt, I place the entraña folded in half on the grill. See, when you purchase entraña, most times the meat guy will fold it in half to place it in a bag. The entraña itself will stay like that and that’s how I place it on the grill. Thicker side on the bottom. On high heat so that it sears it and keep the juices in. Once that side is golden and crisp, I flip it (still folded) and once that side is done, I open it and flip it to the uncooked side. Now it’s a matter of a few minutes until is ready and Voila!!

    This is great if you don’t have a huge grill and are cooking for a few of your friends since you don’t need alot of space when is folded.

    Salud and great site!

    Jorge | Jul 28, 2006 | Reply

  2. Hi there.

    We tried entrana for the first time a few days ago in an Argentinian themed restuarant in Andorra (Spain) of all places. Been typical South Africans who love their red meat over an open grill were well impressed. Can someone please tell me exactly from what part of the animal the cut comes from?


    Gary Westraat | Jan 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hi Gary,

    Glad you enjoyed it. I hear you guys have some good barbecue too. The meat comes from the diaphragm section, the area at the bottom of the ribs and the top of the abdomen.

    Asado Arg | Jan 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. I desperately would like to know the translation or the proper term for “entrana” or skirt meat in Portuguese. I love the meat and would like to introduce my family there with it, but cannot find anyone that can tell me what to ask the butcher.
    Thank you in advance


    Jose | Sep 11, 2007 | Reply

  5. Hi Jose,

    I looked around a bit and man Portugal is seriously lacking in the online descriptions of food department.

    I know Brazil and Portugal have different names for cuts of meat but some are similar so maybe the name for entraña is the same. In Brazil I believe the cut is called Fraldinha.

    Tell the butcher the steak is the diaphragm muscle (diafragma?). Actually there are two types of entraña–fina(or centro de entraña) and gruesa, and I need to add that to the above post. Fina is skirt steak and gruesa is hanger steak. If you mention the diaphragm and that part of the meat sort of hangs off the ribs (hanger steak) the butcher should know what you mean.

    Asado Arg | Sep 13, 2007 | Reply

  6. I can buy entrana for $ 2.00 a pound and for $ 7.00 a pound and they look alike but when it comes to the taste it is different. Why?
    It is right that entrana does not need a lot of spices. I only put olive oil, salt and pepper on it and let it rest.What the cooking is concerned I am surprised that somebody on this site can cook it for 20-30 min. I give it only about 4-5 min each side as it has to be at least medium or it gets chewy.

    Josef | Jul 7, 2009 | Reply

  7. @Josef Just depends on heat. Meat can still come out medium for 20-30 minutes of cooking at the right temp. Plus you get a better crust.

    Asado Argentina | Jul 7, 2009 | Reply

  8. Man oh man, Entrana is the ultimate. My Step-father was Sicilian who moved to Argentina after WW II and I am glad he did because growing up we BBQ’d all the time. MEAT MEAT MEAT with Entrana, Morcillas, Mollejas (Sweetbread), costillita, Tripitas, Argentine Chorizo, Matambre, with sides including cuccumber red onion and tomatoe salad with Red Wine Vin salt, pepper and Lawry’s seasoning salt, pastas, empanadas. Last night I BBQ’d Entrana, Mollejas & Tripas for some American friends and they loved it and then asked where the Mollejas & Tripas came from on the cow and have learned not to tell people. Although these meats are not the healthiest, the flavors are the best. I’m hungry all over again so I guess I’ll have to BBQ tonight. Enjoy

    Phil Adams | Sep 6, 2009 | Reply

  9. Gary, Argentina is in South America NOT in South Africa…
    Hope you get that clear if you decide to go one day :)

    Romina | Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

  10. @romina

    Pretty sure he meant that *being* typical south africans who love their red meat over an open grill *they* were impressed, not that argentina is in south africa.. You just didn’t read it properly. :)

    Nikki | Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

  11. I would like to know if anyone had grill Entra~a en a gas [propane] grill, what is the right temp? pls help?

    Anthony | Apr 2, 2010 | Reply

  12. Churasco, That is the name of skirt steak in spanish language, if buther still doesnt understand, print a picture and show him. if he still dont understand move on to the next butcher LOL JK :o p

    Elvin | Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

  13. @jose, its called Churrasco in Spanish, and port, is part Spanish, im sure its the same. Then you also have Churrascaria which is basically a place that sells all kinds of meat where guys come around with Slab of meat on a large skewer and cut you a slice if your table talker is green if you flit the table talker is red they will by pass you, don’t get the confused with “Churrasco” which is the meat itself. hope this help the butcher if not take a picture and show him or make him some so he can taste it :o ) then he will know what it is.

    Elvin | Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

  14. Entrana has a thick layer of membrane around the outside of the meat. I’ve never eaten a good entrana steak that ISN’T slightly charred/burnt on the skin layer. DO NOT ORDER A MEDIUM RARE entrana… it’s not as good!

    Milan | Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

  15. The Entraña in the picture looks perfect. When grilled it should have a slightly blackened look, it adds so much to the flavor.

    I fry it in a pan with oil, very hot. It will cook within minutes. One side until it starts to blacken, then flip and repeat. Be sure to buy a meat tenderizer and flatten the steak, nice and thin! The Colombian special!

    Steve | Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

  16. Pour la découpe espagnole, ce que vous appelez Entraña est la Bavette en français. A ne pas confondre avec la Tapa qui est l’Onglet.

    berenguer | Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

  17. On la déguste en générale avec une confiture d’échalotes (cebolla-ajo, en Argentine)

    berenguer | Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

  18. Churrasco is a diffrent cut than entrana!!!!

    Carlos Martinez | Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

  19. no Brasil vc pode achar em açougues pelo diafragma ou pode substitui-lo pela fraudinha

    anderson | Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

  20. Anyone know who sells Entraña in the Alpharetta or Cumming area??

    Claudio | Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

  21. what’s the best way to get the skin crispy like a chip, but without drying out the meat?

    Diego | Jun 19, 2013 | Reply

  22. Fraldinha is not Entrana, Fraldinha is Vacio.

    Sergio | Jul 23, 2013 | Reply

  23. If its too wet and cold to light the BBQ, you should check out this recipe my friend from St Juan (near Mendoza), Argentina showed me:
    – pre heat oven to 200
    – Remove the fat / membrane
    – cut into equal parts (about half a plates length)
    – season generously with salt
    – cut about 6 cloves of garlic (for a 2kg serving (approx 4 people) into very small fine pieces
    – mix the meat and garlic with olive oil in a pirex dish with your hands
    – stack the pieces of entrena on top of each other (3 high) into rows in the pirex dish
    – cook in the oven for between 40 to 50 minutes depending on preference, turning the meat every 10 minutes or so
    – serve, have bread ready to enjoy the delicious juice from the meat

    Ben | Aug 29, 2013 | Reply

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