Skirt Steak Saltimbocca

This company-worthy recipe puts a tasty spin on traditional Italian Saltimbocca with thinly pounded skirt steak, wrapped in sage and prosciutto for a delicious variation. Typically, this dish is usually made with veal, but if desired, you could also make this recipe with chicken breasts or pork tenderloin.

Instead of veal, this classic Italian dish uses thinly pounded skirt steak (or in our case, flat iron steak) to create a remarkably tender and flavorful variation that cooks in just minutes. The prosciutto’s crispy and salty flavor pairs nicely with the tender and juicy steak, while the sage provides an earthy and slightly peppery flavor.

The sauce, made with chicken broth, white wine, and butter, is rich and creamy, making it an ideal match for the savory steak. And it was also wonderful poured over our side of orzo.

We cut a 12-ounce piece of flat iron in half crosswise; and pounded each half to a 1/4 inch thick. After which, we seasoned the steak and laid 3 sage leaves across each one. Then 3 ultra-thin slices of prosciutto were wrapped around front and back.

Skirt Steak Saltimbocca

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 (12-oz.) skirt steak (about 1 inch thick), trimmed
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper, divided
  • 12 fresh sage leaves, divided
  • 6 thin slices prosciutto 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (or 2 oz. if searing only two pieces of steak)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves (unpeeled to prevent burning), crushed
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 2 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter


  1. Cut steak crosswise into 4 (3-ounce) pieces; lightly pound each piece between 2 pieces of plastic wrap using a meat mallet or rolling pin until each piece is about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper evenly over steaks. Place 2 sage leaves on each steak. Wrap 1 piece of prosciutto around each steak, pressing to adhere. (Prosciutto should cover the sage leaves.)
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add garlic cloves and remaining 4 sage leaves; cook, stirring often, until garlic is lightly browned and sage is crispy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer to paper towels to drain; remove garlic peels, and set garlic cloves and sage aside. Pour half of oil in skillet into a heatproof bowl, and set aside; reserve remaining half of oil in skillet.
  4. Transfer to paper towels to drain; remove garlic peels, and set garlic cloves and sage aside. Pour half of oil in skillet into a heatproof bowl, and set aside; reserve remaining half of oil in skillet.
  5. Reheat oil in skillet over medium-high. Add 2 steak pieces, and cook, undisturbed, until prosciutto is browned and crispy, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip steaks, and cook until prosciutto is crispy and steaks are cooked to desired degree of doneness, about 2 minutes for medium-rare.
  6. Transfer  to a plate, and let rest. Discard oil in skillet. Add reserved oil to skillet, and repeat cooking process with remaining 2 steaks. Transfer to plate with reserved steaks. Do not wipe skillet clean.
  7. Add broth and wine to skillet, and cook over medium-high, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits from bottom of skillet using a wooden spoon, until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat, and gradually whisk in butter until emulsified and creamy, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve steaks immediately with sauce, and garnish with reserved crispy sage and garlic cloves.

Adapted from a recipe by Justin Chapple for Food & Wine


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