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Best Coulotte Steak

Grilled Picanha Steak is the juiciest, most delicious way to enjoy a Brazilian steakhouse classic at home! You will love this sirloin cap recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Additional Time5 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Steak Recipes
Cuisine: Brazilian
Keyword: coulotte steak, grilled picanha, picanha steak, sirloin cap recipe, top sirloin cap
Servings: 6
Calories: 392kcal


  • Grill


  • 3-4 pound Picanha cut sirloin cap
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Preheat grill to 400°F. Score the fat cap of a 3 to 4 pound picanha cut sirloin cap in a crosshatch pattern. Do not cut too deep into the fat cap.
    Scoring the fat cap of sirloin cap steak
  • Combine all the dry ingredients and season the fat cap with 2 tablespoons of the seasoning.
    Seasoning the fat cap of picanha steak
  • Cut Picanha into 1-inch strips. Fold each strip into a "C", then slide onto metal skewers.
    Grill steaks over indirect heat (see notes for tips). Place skewers on the grill and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, until the steaks reach desired level of doneness (135°F for medium-rare, 145°F for medium).
    Picanha steaks on the grill
  • Remove and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
    Two skewers of four cuts of picanha steak


  • You can substitute store-bought Santa Maria seasoning for the homemade rub.
  • To grill over indirect heat, turn one side of the burners off on your grill, or rearrange the hot coals to one side.
  • You can also cook Picanha steak on the stove. Melt butter in a cast-iron pan over high heat on the stove until it begins smoking. Prepare picanha steak as above, then add to the grill one at a time, using wooden skewers so you can trim them if needed. Cook for 3 minutes on one side, then 2 on the other.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g