Samba Brazilian Steak Recipe

Brazilian Steak Recipe

Take a celebratory taste journey to Brazil from your kitchen with this Brazilian steak recipe by guest blogger Sanae Ferreira of WhereTheBlueBootsGo!

If you love coffee, you’ll love this meal, where we take Brazilian favorites and elevate all of these dishes to prepare a beautiful meal. From my kitchen to yours, this is a fun cooking experience, so gather a friend or family member, and bring celebration to your table!

-Sanae Ferreira

Today I’m excited to share with you how to prepare a succulent coffee-infused Brazilian style steak. Brazil exports nearly $6B worth of coffee annually, so it is no surprise that coffee is an integral part of the Brazilian culture. In this Brazilian steak recipe, presented on 222 Fifth‘s affordable dinnerware pattern, the popular blue Sydney, I dry rub filet mignon with coffee to take the dining experience to a whole new level. While I chose filet for this particular recipe, any cut of beef will work. One of the most popular cuts in Brazil is the picanha, otherwise known as the rump cap, rump cover, coulette, or tri-tip.

As a bonus today, I’ve added in a recipe for how to make a fizzy, popular Brazilian cherry drink that will help you beat the summer heat.

Tune in tomorrow to learn how to make some gorgeous side dishes to compliment this dish; sautéed collard greens, classic and beloved pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) and sweet fried plantains.

Bemvindo a Brasil! (Welcome to Brazil!)

Brazilian Steak Recipe

First things first. Gather your ingredients and cooking tools and get ready to have fun! Please note that this recipe easily scales for entertaining friends and family.

Brazilian Steak Recipe

Yields: 2 servings
Beginner Skills


  • Two filet mignons 6-80z in size (or 1 lb picanha)
For Herbed Butter:
  • 3 tblsp butter, cubed
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, approx 4″ long
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
For The Rub:
  • 4 tblsp of ground Brazilian Cerrado Mineiro coffee beans ( e.g. George Howell’s Daterra beans).
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tblsp coarse ground sea salt
  • a few generous twists of ground peppercorns


  1. Turn on oven to 450F.
  2. Place all rub ingredients in flat baking dish, one at a time, place meat into dish and massage each piece throughly with the rub for several minutes per side. Let sit for ten minutes on counter.
  3. Once oven hits 450F, heat cast iron pan over high heat. Place butter in pan, once pan is evenly coated in butter, add rosemary and sea salt and allow rosemary oils to infuse butter with flavor. Be careful and do not allow butter to burn.
  4. Place steaks in cast iron pan and sear each side for approximately 30 seconds.
  5. Move cast iron pan with steaks to 450F oven and cook for approximately 2 minutes, flip and continue for another 2 minutes. Insert meat thermometer into center of meat, temperature should read between *135-140F. Remove from oven, remove steaks from pan (otherwise they will continue to cook and become overdone) and place on cutting board. Loosely cover steaks with aluminum foil and let rest for 2-5 minutes before serving.
  6. Plate and serve with favorite side dishes and enjoy with friends and family!

* This will result in a medium-rare steak. Please adjust timing according to your own personal preferences. For optimal flavor I do not recommend cooking beyond medium-rare.

Special Equipment Required:
  • cast iron pan
  • heat resistant tongs
  • meat thermometer

Allergy Alerts:
soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free

Bonus Recipe : Guarana Cherry Spritzer

Summer is a month for cherries and their perfect crisp exteriors and juicy, flavorful interiors are a fun way to elevate a popular Brazilian beverage, Guarana. By adding a few chopped fresh cherries into a glass and allowing the carbonation of the soda to intensify the flavors, you end up with a lively refreshing summer drink that compliments the Brazilian steak recipe nicely. If you are unable to find Guarana in your local stores, Amazon does ship it by the case. Go here to order it.

Sanae Ferreira is a freelance writer who is also pursuing her doctorate in nutrition. When she isn’t enjoying delicious food at the best foodie spots on her travels, you will find her snapping photos of other green, beautiful, or interesting sights. Read more about Sanae’s adventures on her blog Where The Blue Boots Go or find her on Instagram @bluebootsgo.