How to Sous Vide Picanha?

These sous vide picanha are very easy to make and tender and juicy. You will love the fact that you can cook your steak to the exact level of doneness with the sous-vide, giving you perfect picanha every time.

The picanha is one of the most popular cuts of beef in Brazil and it comes out perfectly cooked sous-vide.

A quick sear on the fat cap renders the fat into the most amazing cut of beef!

The most amazing way to get tender and juicy beef is to cook it in a sous-vide, like this sous-vide chuck roast, sous-vide London broil, sous-vide tri-tip, or sous-vide flank steak!

This method of cooking is something that I love. It’s also great for more tender cuts like this duck breast or filet mignon.

In six hours, your steak is done, because you can easily prepare it in the morning, pop it into the sous-vide, and then cook it in the evening.

It’s ready to serve when you sear the outside, no resting required! You can easily do it easily.

What is Picanha? 


Picanha is a popular cut of beef in Brazil that has a thick layer of fat on top of it. While not a typical cut in the grocery store, you can find picanha at a butcher.

A rump cover, rump cap, sirloin cap, or culotte steak is a cut of beef taken from the top of a rump. The picanha cut is tender and not overused.

Ingredients Needed

  • 2-3 pounds picanha culotte, top sirloin cap, rump cover
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of 2 whole limes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Steps to Follow

  • If you want to get the best results, preheat the water bath to 131F degrees for rare to medium-rare.
  • It is recommended to cook 134-140F degrees for medium and 145F degrees for medium-well.
  • The picanha needs to be rubbed with olive oil and salt.
  • If you want to remove all the air, place it in a bag and use a vacuum sealer.
  • 6 hours is the time it will take to cook in the water bath.
  • Remove and place in an ice bath for a few minutes to stop the cooking.
  • Place a cast-iron skillet, griddle, or grill in the middle of the room.
  • Place the picanha on the fat side down and sear for 1-2 minutes until the fat is rendered.
  • If you want to cook another 45-60 seconds, flip and cook it again.
  • Remove the slice and serve it with the lime juice sauce or the lime juice mixture.

See also: How to Sear Steak After Sous Vide?

Making Lime Juice Dipping Sauce

  • Juice of 2 whole limes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Combine the salt, pepper, and lime juice in a bowl. Adjust for flavor according to your preference.

Tips to Follow

  • The picanha steak can be sliced in strips and skewered to cook on the grill, just like traditional picanha.
  • I recommend cooking at 131F degrees for the best results.
  • If you want to serve it with my sauce, try it.
  • If you want to avoid overcooking, use an ice bath to cool the beef after it’s been cooked.
  • Let the fat render if you sear the fat side first.
  • The beef should be cooked at a temperature of 131F degrees.
  • For cooks to stay within food safety standards, beef needs to be cooked at 130F degrees for 2 hours.

How to Reheat Picanha?

The picanha steak can be reheated in the microwave, but be careful to not overcook it. For 20 seconds at a time, microwaves can be used.

If you heat a water bath to 130 degrees, you can place the steak in a freezer bag and cook it for about 10 minutes.

I don’t like reheated meat in the microwave and this is the best way to do it.

See also: How to Reheat Sous Vide Steak?


How long does it take to cook 1kg of Picanha?

The time required to cook a picanha (cutlet of pork) varies depending on the cut. A picanha cut from the leg will take 45-60 minutes, but a chop will only take 30 minutes.

To estimate cooking time, cut a 1kg chop of pork into 10-12 slices, weighing each one. Cook them on a pan or griddle with high heat, turning occasionally until cooked through.

What Cut of Beef is Picanha?

The picanha (pronounced “pike-uh-Nah”) is an inexpensive cut that is popular in Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. It has a great flavor and a very mild, tender texture.

The picanha steak has a rectangular shape and usually weighs about two pounds. The most common cuts are a sirloin tip, a flat top, around, and the skirt. But, any cut can be cooked on the grill.


Sous Vide Picanha is a traditional Brazilian dish and it is known as a healthy and delicious food.

In this article, I have shared with you a detailed process on how to cook this dish using the sous vide method. I hope that this article will help you to make this dish at home easily.

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