Churrascaria-Style Picanha


My version of the favorite item found in a Brazilian churrascaria. Serve with tomato vinaigrette.

A plate of sliced Churrascaria-Style Picanha served with white rice and cherry tomatoes
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
5 to 3 ounce portions


  • 3 cloves garlic cloves, crushed, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

  • 1 pound beef top sirloin, trimmed of excess fat

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed


  1. Mix crushed garlic and salt together in a bowl until combined into a paste.

  2. Rub garlic paste onto meat until covered. Place into a bowl; cover with lemon juice. Marinate until the meat has absorbed desired flavor, 30 minutes to 4 hours. Remove meat from the lemon juice. Baste with olive oil.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  4. Cook meat on the preheated grill, turning frequently until the outer edges are charred and center is uncooked, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; slice off charred edges, cutting against the grain. Return the uncooked center portion of the meat back to the grill. Cook until the meat begins to firm and is hot and slightly pink in the center, about 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 140 degrees F (60 degrees C).

Cook's Notes:

If you choose to cook a second pound of sirloin, add another clove of garlic and 1 more teaspoon of kosher salt.

The removing, slicing, and returning of the meat to the grill will approximate the cooking method of picanha from a Brazilian churrascaria.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

143 Calories
8g Fat
2g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 143
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 417mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 220mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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