This Brazilian Steak Seasoning is smokey, savory, and full of incredible flavor. Add to steak, chicken, fish, or veggies to enhances the natural flavors.
This easy pantry Brazilian Steak Seasoning is a simple recipe, but has so much flavor. When added to steak, it enhances the natural flavor vs. overpowering it. The main seasonings here are a lively blend of salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, coriander, black pepper, and mustard powder. I love to use this blend on my Brazilian Picanha Recipe as it imparts a wonderful smoky flavor. Make a lot and store in the pantry for so many uses!
Background: Brazilian food is generally not overly spicy or hot. It's not over-seasoned either. Brazilian cooking is more about bringing out the natural flavor of the food. Therefore, you will see some common spices and seasonings that are used to do just that. They add to vs. overpower food's natural flavor. Even Brazilian churrasco is often seasoned with just salt. This Steak Seasoning recipe is not necessarily something you will find in Brazil, rather it is inspired by popular flavors of traditional brazilian steakhouses.
How to Use Brazilian Steak Seasoning
You can use this on so much more than just juicy steaks! For steak, Picanha (top sirloin cap or rump cap with fat cap) is the most loved Brazilian Picanha Recipe. I love to season the meat and then place it on long skewers in the traditional way.
You can use this seasoning on any cut of beef! It would be great on skirt steak, flank steak, top sirloin steak, ribeye steak, strip steak, or other cuts of meat. The best way to season is to first, pat the steak dry, then rub the meat with a drizzle of olive oil or vegetable oil, then liberally season.
It tastes amazing on grilled chicken breasts or shrimp! For chicken, add olive oil and then season liberally. However, for fish and shrimp, go a bit lighter with the seasoning.
It also goes great on veggies! Try it sprinkled on potato wedges or slices! It is great on fried yuca. I love it on cauliflower, carrots, green or red bell pepper, mushrooms, broccoli, and so much more. Try making veggie kabobs and sprinkling this seasoning all over them before grilling!
It's also a terrific addition to Stews and Casseroles! My Chicken Stew Galinhada uses this seasoning blend.
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Ingredients and Swaps
- Kosher salt - If you don't have kosher salt, you can use any coarse salt or sea salt. Table salt will also work. If you want to add the salt to your food separately, you can leave the salt out of the seasoning. Just make sure you add it for steak, as the meat really needs salt to help it caramelize and bring out the flavors.
- Black pepper - Ground black pepper is always good with steak. You can use pre-ground black pepper or whole peppercorns that you grind in a pepper mill, food processor, or spice grinder.
- Garlic powder - I like having all of the seasoning in the same size/texture. Ground or powder will blend more evenly. However, you could substitute in garlic flakes.
- Onion powder - Same as with the garlic powder, you can substitute with onion flakes.
- Smoked paprika - Smoked paprika is great on steak to bring in that smokey flavor. You can substitute with sweet paprika or chili powder.
- Ground Coriander - Ground coriander is a traditional spice in Brazil. If you do not have it, you can use ground cumin.
- Mustard powder - Mustard powder brings a subtle tang and rounds all the seasoning blend. If you don't have it, you can simply leave it out.
How to Make Brazilian Seasoning
Simply measure the seasonings out into a small bowl and mix. Store the Brazilian Steak Seasoning in an airtight container. If you like making seasoning blends or having clear containers for seasonings, then check out these!
Brazilian Steak Seasoning Recipe FAQs
If you store the seasoning in an airtight container, it will last for 1-2 years. You can store it at room temperature, but make sure it's stored in a cool dry place.
You can freeze this steak seasoning to extend its shelf life. Storing it in the fridge or freezer is particularly a good idea if you live in a hot or humid location. You can also season raw meat and freeze it in a freezer-safe container or large resealable plastic bag..
This Brazilian Steak Seasoning recipe is gluten free. Always check the product label for all ingredients to ensure they are also gluten free.
If you want to add a bit of sweetness to this seasoning, you can add a teaspoon of brown sugar or white sugar. If you want a bit of heat, you can add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
Brazilian Steak Seasoning Recipe
- 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon Black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon Onion powder
- 2 teaspoons Smoked paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Coriander
- 1 Tablespoon Mustard powder
- Measure all ingredients out and then mix! Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.
We dont use any seasoning
And if we do, we are trying to mimic a USA seasoning
its just salt
Thanks! Yes, you are absolutely right and I made a note in the blog post about that. It's really a recipe that's inspired by spices that are used in Brazil, but steaks here are really just seasoned with salt to bring out the steak's natural flavors.