Grilled Garlic Butter Picanha

grilled picanha topped with garlic butter held next to a fire pit

This Grilled Garlic Butter Picanha is a simple and easy recipe perfect for a quick backyard dinner! It’s made with golden-brown picanha steaks basted with homemade spicy garlic butter. 


This simple and delicious meal is ready in just 20 minutes! 


Looking for more delicious picanha recipes? Check out my Churrasco Picanha with Jalapeño Vinaigrette, Chimichurri and Cheese Stuffed Picanha, or Skewered Picanha with Salsa Vinaigrette!


Cook Your Steak for Grilled Garlic Butter Picanha


First, prep your grill with a medium heat fire for a temperature of around 325ºF. Not too hot, but hot enough to get that perfect sear! 


Next, add the whole picanha (or picanhas if you’re using two) onto the grill. Make sure the fat cap is down so the fat gets nice and melty. We want all that moisture and flavor!


two pieces of steak on a grill grate overhead


Cook the picanhas for about 7-8 minutes. When the fat turns golden-brown and is halfway rendered, flip the meat over and sear off the meat side. Cook it for 1-2 minutes to sear, then pull the steaks off of the grill and set them onto a cutting board.


two grilled steaks on a grill grate


Garlic Butter for Grilled Garlic Butter Picanha


Now, let’s talk garlic butter, because while grilled picanha is good, it’s even better as Grilled Garlic Butter Picanha. Now, the key is to time this so the garlic butter is ready to go after you flip the steak for the first time. The good news is it’s super quick to make. 


To make your garlic butter, add a basting skillet to the grill. Add in the butter and minced garlic and let the butter melt. Once it’s bubbling, add in the chopped parsley and hot sauce. 


Remember, you’re doing all of this while the steak is on the grill.


Want more delicious ways to use garlic butter? Try my Reverse Seared Ribeyes with Black Garlic Butter, Garlic Butter Steak and Shrimp, or Grilled Garlic Butter Lobster


Slice…and Cook More!


Next, we’re going to slice the steaks into 2.5-3″ smaller steaks. I usually get 3-4 decent sized steaks from just one picanha, so keep this in mind when you’re figuring out how much to cook. Now, when it comes to picanha, you’re going to want to slice with the grain. I know, this goes against everything we know about slicing steak. BUT, picanha is already incredibly tender and juicy. There’s no need to shorten the muscle fibers. The texture for this Grilled Garlic Butter Picanha is perfect as-is!


Season each steak generously with kosher salt, then heat the grill up ever so slightly to a medium-high temperature of around 350ºF. Add the now sliced steaks back onto the grill and cook them for 3-3.5 minutes per side. After you flip the steaks over, lightly baste them with garlic butter.


sliced picanha on the grill with a skillet of garlic butter


I recommend having a meat thermometer on hand so you can pull the picanha off when it reaches an internal temperature of 120ºF. 


cooked pieces of steak surrounding a skillet with garlic butter on the grill

grilled picanha on the grill basted with garlic butter


Slice and Serve


Now that the steaks are done, pull them off of the grill and let them rest for 10 minutes before slicing. We don’t want to slice into them too soon and let all that moisture run out. 


closeup of grilled garlic butter picanha in a serving dish

sliced garlic butter picanha on a cutting board held over a fire pit


Finally, slice each steak up and serve with any leftover garlic butter! 


For more delicious recipes, check out my second cookbook Flavor X Fire or my first cookbook Food X Fire!


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Grilled Garlic Butter Picanha
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This Grilled Garlic Butter Picanha is perfect for a backyard dinner! It's made with golden-brown picanha steaks and spicy garlic butter. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Garlic Butter Picanha
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 328 kcal
Author: Derek Wolf
  • 1-2 Whole Picanha fat cap on
  • 2-3 tbsp Kosher Salt
Garlic Butter:
  • ½ cup Butter unsalted
  • 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Parsley
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce
  1. Begin by creating a medium heat fire (around 325F) for direct grilling.
  2. Add your whole picanhas to the grill fat cap down to slowly roast in order to melt the fat. Cook for about 7-8 minutes until the fat is golden brown and halfway rendered. Once rendered, flip the picanha over and sear off the meat side for 1-2 minutes. Pull the steaks off and place on a cutting board.
  3. Next, slice your steaks into 2.5-3” steak making sure to slice WITH the grain. You should get 3-4 decent sized steaks from one picanha. Then, generously season your steaks with kosher salt and heat your grill back up to a medium high heat (around 350F).
  4. Add your steaks to the grill to cook for 3-3.5 minutes per side or until they are 120F internal. As the steaks are cooking, add a basting skillet with your butter and minced garlic. Once the butter has melted and is bubbling, add the chopped parsley and hot sauce. After the first flip off your steaks, begin lightly basting with the Garlic Butter on the outside. When the steaks are done, pull them off and let them rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Slice you steaks up, serve with any leftover Garlic Butter and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Grilled Garlic Butter Picanha
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 3728mg162%
Potassium 188mg5%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 888IU18%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not dietitians or nutritionist. Nutritional information on comes from online calculators. While we attempt to make this information accurate, it should only been viewed as an estimate.

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