Coffee Rubbed Picanha

Coffee Rubbed Picanha – Sous Vide

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
Hugely popular in Brazil, picanha (pronounced “pee-kahn-yah”) is one of the most flavourful cuts of beef you will find. The beauty of a picanha is that it is an impressive, but relatively cheaper cut that can feed plenty and impress your guests at the same time.
This is a spin-off from Bobby Flay's Coffee Rubbed Rib-Eye.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 570 kcal


  • Sous Vide Machine and Setup
  • Cast Iron Pan
  • Vacuum Sealer


  • 4 picanha steaks 2-inches thick, approximately 1 1/2 pounds each
  • ¼ cup ancho chili powder
  • ¼ cup finely ground espresso
  • 2 tablespoons Spanish paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chili de arbol powder
  • Canola or olive oil
  • Salt and coarsely ground black pepper


  • Setup sous vide cooker and set for 130˚F.
  • Combine all spices in a bowl.
  • Season each side with salt and pepper.
  • Put each steak into it's own sous vide bag and vacuum seal.
  • Put the sealed steaks into the sous vide and cook for 1.5 hours at 130˚F.
  • Remove from sous vide bags onto a wire rack and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Let cool for about 15 minutes.
  • Brush each side of the steak with oil and then…
  • Rub 2 tablespoons of the coffee rub onto 1 side of each steak.
  • Preheat a cast iron pan over high heat.
  • Sear the steaks, rub side down for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Flip the steaks over, and sear each side for 1 to 2 minutes and then…
  • Remove and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Slice each steak at about ⅓ inch across the grain (we call this the "Lobster Tail Look")
  • Serve immediatley


Serving: 1steakCalories: 570kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 49gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 2126mgPotassium: 1079mgFiber: 9gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 6469IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 9mg
Keyword BBQ, Sous Vide
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