Photo: Jennifer Causey
Total Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 3 oz. steak, 1/2 cup vegetables, and about 3 tbsp. sauce)

Red bell pepper gets used two tasty ways: as a vegetable in the corn sauté and as a pureed sauce for the plate. Fresh corn is not just sweet; it has a surprising hit of umami intensity. Because of skirt steak's oblong shape, it may be difficult to fit the entire steak in your grill pan. If so, simply cut it in half across the grain and cook both halves at the same time. You can always substitute flank steak, if you prefer.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine fish sauce and 1/3 cup onions in a shallow dish; add steak, turning to coat. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour, turning after 30 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, cut 1 bell pepper into 1-inch pieces; place in a saucepan with 1 cup water and 1/4 cup onions. Bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and transfer to a food processor; process until smooth. Stir in 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Step 3

Slice remaining bell pepper. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; swirl. Add sliced bell pepper, corn, and remaining 3 tablespoons onions. Cook 10 minutes or until peppers are wilted and corn is lightly charred, stirring occasionally. Stir in black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Remove from pan; cover and keep warm.

Step 4

Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Return skillet to high heat. Add steak to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until glazed outside. Remove from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Cut diagonally into slices. Serve with corn mixture and pepper puree. Sprinkle with thyme, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews


August 09, 2016
My review will be the complete opposite of the first one.  I thought this was delicious!  The fish sauce provided a great flavor in the crust of the flank steak once cooked.  Yes, fish sauce has a not so pleasant aroma but cooking with it is delicious.  This was a great light summer meal, loved the red pepper puree and the corn with the red peppers.  I found these delicious red and yellow striped peppers at Trader Joes so I used those.  Give it a chance, nice healthy meal.  I served it with the banana corn muffins alongside.  Yum...


August 08, 2016
 I love Cooking Light and have never made anything I didn't like.   That being said, I thought this was awful and the fish sauce marinade was the culprit.  It tasted exactly like the smell of hot trash on a curb in the Lower East Side of NYC in the depths of summer.  I don't think I'll ever be able to cook with fish sauce again it was so overbearing.  A big waste of money as I dumped it all out.