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Grilled Picanha Steak and Vegetables (Paleo, AIP-friendly)

5 from 7 votes

What’s Inside: Love Brazilian steak? Then, make it at home! This grilled Picanha steak, also known as Coulotte or Top Sirloin is a juicy tender cut of meat with a fat cap giving it extra flavor. Serve it up grilled with a simple chimichurri sauce and veggies for a quick, nourishing meal that’s Paleo, Whole30, Low carb and AIP-friendly.


grilled picanha steak with vegetables and chimichurri served on a cutting board
This recipe was made in partnership with Grass Roots Coop. As always, I only recommend and partner with brands I trust and use myself.

What is Picanha Steak?

Picanha steak is a tender cut of meat, also known as coulotte or top sirloin which is the hindquarter section of the cow, specifically between the loin and the round. Often a couple of inches thick, Coulotte is usually identified by the prominent layer of fat (the fat cap) that covers one side of the cut. “Picanha” is popular in Brazil and most recognizably prepared on double skewers in a horseshoe shape and sliced thinly at Brazilian steakhouses!

Grilling Picanha steak with vegetables, smothered in chimichurri is how I’m making it easily at home. This dish cooks up quickly and is packed with flavor and textures anyone will love.

 

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grilled picanha steak on a cutting board

Grass-fed steak vs. Grain-fed steak

I recommend and prefer to use grass-fed and grass-finished steak for a few reasons.

Firstly, it’s more nutrient-dense and is an excellent source of Omega 3’s and antioxidants.

I bet you never considered beef as a good source of Omega 3’s before, right? I sure never used to… we tend to hear about Salmon as an excellent source but not beef. That’s because conventional beef is a poor source. All grass-fed and finished beef have better levels of good fats and a healthy ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6. Grass Roots, where I source my meat from, tested their 90% lean grass-fed ground beef recently, and it had 200mg of total Omega 3 per 100g serving compared to only 36mg for conventional, grain-fed beef. That’s a drastic difference!

 

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In working with nutritional therapy clients, I see fatty acids as one of the biggest deficiencies and it’s a major concern. Yet, Omega 3 is vital for so many aspects of our health: brain development both during pregnancy and childhood, and brain health in later life, eye health, and a reduced risk of both metabolic disorders and heart disease.

Grass-fed and grass-finished beef is also the only kind that contains conjugated linoleic acid which has been shown to help prevent weight gain. This kind of beef also has more antioxidants like Vitamin E  and Vitamin K2 which is vital for getting calcium into your bones and away from your arteries where it can cause plaques and heart attacks.

Watch your labels – if it isn’t grass-fed and grass-finished, much of the health benefits just aren’t there.

Secondly, it’s the natural diet for cows to eat and is kinder than grains which often cause infections (and lead to the use of antibiotics, which we then eat), all in the name of bigger, fatter meat to sell.

Supporting farms that raise cattle on pasture where they enjoy fresh air, sunlight, and room to roam means it’s more ethically sound and a better product. 

Thirdly, when animals are pasture-raised, as described above… it’s beneficial to the environment.

For more resources on the topic of Regenerative Farming, I highly recommend watching the documentary, Sacred Cow or reading the book for incredible data to dive in deeper.

tip!
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grilled picanha steak with vegetables and chimichurri served on a cutting board

Key Ingredients

For the steak and veggies, you’ll need at least 2 lbs Coulotte Steak, 1 medium zucchini and summer squash, 2 bell peppers (skip for AIP), extra virgin olive oil, and coarse sea salt.

For the chimichurri, you’ll add these ingredients to a food processor until your sauce is formed:

  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • 3 tsp capers
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 3 tsp red pepper flakes (skip for AIP)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • Sea salt to taste
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

How to make Grilled Picanha Steak and Vegetables

First, make the chimichurri sauce by combining all ingredients in a food processor and pulsing until smooth, and set aside.

Then, clean steak by trimming off any remaining “silver skin”, leaving the fat cap intact. Slice steak into 1-inch thick steaks with the grain. Discard the ends (they’re often too chewy), and keep the thick pieces (4-6 pieces) and season them with sea salt.

Toss chopped vegetables with olive oil to coat and season with sea salt to taste.

To a hot grill or an oiled cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetables and steaks. Cook the steaks for approx. 9-12 mins., flipping halfway, for medium-doneness or to your liking. Cook the vegetables for the same amount of time or a little longer until golden brown on the exterior and soft on the interior.

Lastly, allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes before slicing thin, serving alongside vegetables, and drizzling with chimichurri.

How to store it: If making ahead for meal prep or preserving leftovers, store all components in an airtight container for up to 4-days in the refrigerator. I’d recommend saving excess chimichurri separately for up to a week for more meals — it’s delicious!

grilled picanha steak with vegetables and chimichurri served on a cutting board

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Grilled Picanha Steak and Vegetables (Paleo, AIP-friendly, Whole30)

5 from 7 votes
Love Brazilian steak? Then, make it at home! This grilled Picanha steak, also known as Coulotte or Top Sirloin is a juicy tender cut of meat with a fat cap giving it extra flavor. This easy grilled dish is Paleo, Whole30, and AIP-friendly.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Resting Time: 5 mins
Yeild: 4

Ingredients

Steak and Veggies

  • 2 lbs Coulotte Steak
  • 1 medium zucchini chopped
  • 1 summer squash chopped
  • 2 bell peppers chopped (skip for AIP)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt to taste

Chimichurri

  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • 3 tsp capers
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 3 tsp red pepper flakes (skip for AIP)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • Sea salt to taste
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  • Make chimichurri sauce by combining all ingredients in a food processor and pulsing until smooth, and set aside.
  • Clean steak by trimming off any remaining “silver skin”, leave the fat cap intact. Slice steak into 1-inch thick steaks with the grain. Discard the ends (they’re often too chewy), and keep the thick pieces (4-6 pieces) and season them with sea salt.
  • Toss chopped vegetables with olive oil to coat and season with sea salt to taste.
  • To a hot grill or an oiled cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetables and steaks. Cook the steaks for approx. 9-12 mins., flipping halfway, for medium-doneness or to your liking. Cook the vegetables for the same amount of time or a little longer until golden brown on the exterior and soft on the interior.
  • Allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes before slicing thin, serving alongside vegetables, and drizzling with chimichurri.
Diet: Brazilian
Keywords: paleo, steak
Course: Main Course

This recipe was made in partnership with Grass Roots Coop. As always, I only recommend and partner with brands I trust and use myself.

 

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8 comments

  1. Oh wow!! This steak looks seriously amazing!! I love the char looking outside and the tender meat inside. What a great Sunday roast idea. The vegetables are that extra bonus of nutrition. Loved all the tips and tricks, thanks!