Mouth-Watering Brazilian Marinated Steaks Recipe

Welcome to my kitchen, where I’ll be sharing with you my recipe for Brazilian Marinated Steaks with Chile Lime Sauce! Bringing together rich flavors and textures that blend perfectly, this dish is a culinary delight for any meat lover. As a chef specializing in Brazilian and American cuisine, I am always on the lookout for recipes that combine the best of both worlds – something that is absolutely delicious and easy to make at home.

If you’re looking for a simple yet impressive recipe to wow your guests, look no further than this Brazilian-inspired dish. The dish is versatile enough to work as an everyday meal or perfect for any special occasion, such as cookouts and dinner parties. The marinade used contains classic ingredients such as garlic and oregano, while the chile lime sauce adds a touch of zingy freshness that cuts through the richness of beef steak. Once you taste this incredible fusion of flavors, it’s something you are never going to forget!

Whether you prefer flank steak, sirloin steak or any other good quality beef cut, this recipe ensures that every bite is mouth-wateringly tender and deliciously flavored. So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Brazilian Marinated Steaks With Chile Lime Sauce
Brazilian Marinated Steaks With Chile Lime Sauce

If you’re a fan of Brazilian cuisine, or just looking to spice up your dinner routine, then you’ll love this recipe for Brazilian Marinated Steaks with Chile Lime Sauce. This dish is packed full of bold flavors that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

Firstly, the marinade for these steaks is a combination of lime juice, garlic cloves, dried oregano, and dry red wine. The acidity of the lime juice tenderizes the meat while infusing it with a bright, zesty flavor. The addition of herbs and wine gives depth to the marinade, resulting in a complex flavor profile that’s unique to Brazilian cuisine.

Once you’ve marinated your steak in this flavorful mixture, it’s time to grill it up and serve it with the chile lime sauce. This sauce is tangy and slightly spicy thanks to jalapeño peppers and lime juice. It perfectly complements the rich flavors of the beef and pulls all of the ingredients together into one harmonious dish.

Not only is this recipe bursting with delicious flavors, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. It only requires a few basic ingredients that you can find in any grocery store. Plus, our step-by-step instructions make cooking these steaks a breeze, even if you’re not an experienced chef.

Overall, this dish is perfect for anyone who loves bold flavors and wants to try something new in the kitchen. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just cooking for your family on a weeknight, these Brazilian Marinated Steaks with Chile Lime Sauce are sure to impress.

Ingredient List

 Get ready to savor meaty goodness with this Brazilian Marinated Steaks recipe!
Get ready to savor meaty goodness with this Brazilian Marinated Steaks recipe!

Let’s take a look at the ingredients you will need to make this Brazilian marinated steak with chile lime sauce recipe. Bolded ingredients are crucial to the recipe and cannot be substituted for.

For the Steak Marinade:

  • 4 beef steak – sirloin steaks or flank steak, around 1-1/2 to 2 inches thick
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine (Private Selection Mexican-inspired Chile Lime marinade contains red wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

For the Chile Lime Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons jalapeno, minced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste.

Note: If you can’t find jalapeño or want less heat, try using a milder pepper like poblano or bell pepper.

The Recipe How-To

 These juicy steaks are not only visually appealing but taste fantastic too!
These juicy steaks are not only visually appealing but taste fantastic too!

Now that we have gone through the ingredient list and why you will love this recipe, it is time to get into the nitty-gritty of how to cook Brazilian marinated steaks with chile lime sauce. This recipe is perfect for grilling season as it requires tender steaks and a delicious chimichurri sauce to pour on top. Let’s dive in!

For the marinade

  1. Combine 2/3 cup Lime Juice, 1/2 cup Dry Red Wine, 4 Garlic cloves, 2 Bay leaves, 1 tablespoon Dried Oregano, 1/4 teaspoon Coarse Salt, and 1/4 teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper in a blender.
  2. Blend until everything is combined.
  3. Once blended, add the marinade to the plastic bag that contains the beef steak.
  4. Seal the bag and move it around so that the meat gets coated evenly.
  5. Marinate for at least 6 hours or overnight for best results.

For the chile lime sauce
Step 1:

  1. Mix all sauce ingredients (including Private Selection Mexican Inspired Chile Lime Marinade) in a small bowl and let sit for at least an hour in order for flavors to blend together.

To sear beef steaks

  1. Preheat grill to high heat.
  2. Season beef steak with salt & pepper (we recommend kosher).
  3. Pro Tip: Pat the meat dry before seasoning it, so it sears better (it doesn’t steam). Room temperature meat sears better than cold meat too.
  4. Place steak directly over heat source (gas or flame) for approximately 3 minutes per side, flipping once to give perfect grill marks.
  5. Reduce heat or move steak away from direct heat (depending on your grill) and continue cooking to desired doneness.

To rest the beef steaks

  1. Once the steak reaches desired doneness remove from grill and let rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting (for juices to converge).

To slice the beef steaks

  1. Cut across the grain into thin slices and serve with chile lime sauce over the top.

Now that you have followed these easy steps, you can bet on impressing your guests with this mouthwatering Brazilian marinated steak recipe. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 The chile lime sauce adds a hint of spiciness that'll kick your taste buds into high gear!
The chile lime sauce adds a hint of spiciness that’ll kick your taste buds into high gear!

If you’re looking to switch things up, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try with this recipe. Here are a few ideas:

– Meat: While we recommend flank or sirloin steak for this dish, you could also use beef steak, tri-tip, or skirt steak. If you’re feeling adventurous, try carne asada, a flavorful Mexican-inspired grilled meat.

– Marinade: Want to change up the flavor profile? Try using a Brazilian chimichurri sauce or a cilantro lime marinade instead. You can even add a finely diced jalapeno for some extra heat.

– Sauce: If chile lime sauce isn’t your thing, consider making a traditional chimichurri sauce or cilantro sauce to serve alongside the meat.

– Vegetables: Bell peppers are a classic addition to this dish, but you could also try grilling onions or zucchini alongside the meat. Just be sure to brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper first.

No matter what substitutions and variations you choose, be sure to keep the core ingredients of lime juice, garlic, and red wine vinegar in the marinade for that signature Brazilian flavor.

Serving and Pairing

 This recipe is perfect for a backyard BBQ with family and friends.
This recipe is perfect for a backyard BBQ with family and friends.

These delicious Brazilian marinated steaks with chile lime sauce are perfect for a festive backyard gathering or a weeknight dinner with family and friends. When serving, it’s best to let the steaks rest for a few minutes before slicing them against the grain, which helps to maintain their tenderness and flavor.

Pair these juicy and flavorful steaks with a crisp green salad dressed with a tangy vinaigrette. The combination of fresh greens and zesty flavors complements the richness of the meat perfectly. Roasted root vegetables or grilled asparagus also provide excellent side dish options that add color and texture to your plate.

If you’re in the mood for a heartier meal, serve these Brazilian marinated steaks with roasted garlic mashed potatoes or creamy polenta. These comfort food classics balance out the boldness of beef with warm, creamy textures and mellow flavors.

For wine pairing, red wines that have medium to fuller body and balanced tannins match perfectly with these bold, meaty steaks. A dry red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot pairs well with this dish while providing an enjoyable contrast to the sharp tanginess of the lime sauce.

In case you’re looking for something lighter, try pairing this dish with a cold beer or an ice-cold caipirinha cocktail – Brazil’s national drink made from cachaça (Brazilian rum), lime juice, and sugar.

However you decide to serve them, these delicious Brazilian marinated steaks will be sure to delight your taste buds and impress your guests!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Take the grilling game to the next level with these delicious steaks.
Take the grilling game to the next level with these delicious steaks.

To make this Brazilian marinated steaks with chile lime sauce recipe ahead of time, you can prepare the marinade, marinate the steaks and store them in an airtight container or plastic bag in the refrigerator. The steak can be marinated overnight which infuses it with rich and tangy flavors.

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to four days. When reheating the meat, it should be warmed slowly on low heat so that it is not overcooked and becomes dry. You can reheat this steak by placing it on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil and lightly greased with oil. Cover loosely with foil and bake at 350°F for about 10-15 minutes until heated through.

The chile lime sauce can also be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to three days. Warm the sauce in a small saucepan over low heat before serving to bring out its full flavor.

Additionally, this recipe is forgiving as it works well for meal prepping or when hosting a large gathering. You could also grill extra steaks or make more sauce than needed, then store them separately in your refrigerator until needed.

This recipe encourages both bold and layered flavors while keeping ingredients and cooking methods simple which makes it perfect for entertaining large groups or meal prepping for individuals.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Fire up that grill and get ready for a mouth-watering extravaganza!
Fire up that grill and get ready for a mouth-watering extravaganza!

To achieve the perfect Brazilian Marinated Steaks with Chile Lime Sauce, here are some helpful tips that will make your dish stand out.

Firstly, ensure that your steak is at room temperature before cooking. This allows for even cooking and enhances the flavor of the meat.

When marinating the steak, make sure to let it sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator for better results. You can even go beyond and marinate it for up to 24 hours to fully absorb the flavor of the marinade.

Another important tip is to pat your steak dry before grilling or pan-frying it. Excess moisture will create steam and prevent a sear from forming, which will result in a less flavorful and tender steak.

To get perfect grill marks on your steaks, heat your grill or pan to high heat before adding the meat. Preheating allows you to sear the steak quickly and form a crusty exterior while keeping the center juicy.

And speaking of juiciness, do not overcook your steaks! This is crucial as overcooked beef loses moisture and becomes tough and chewy. Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature of your steak reaches 135°F for medium-rare, 145°F for medium, and 160°F for well-done.

Lastly, let your cooked steaks rest for five minutes before slicing into them. This allows time for the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in juicier and more succulent steaks.

With these tips in mind, you are sure to have a perfectly cooked Brazilian Marinated Steak with Chile Lime Sauce that’s sure to impress your guests.


Now that you know how to create mouth-watering Brazilian Marinated Steaks with Chile Lime Sauce, you may still have some unanswered questions. To help ensure that your process is as seamless as possible, we’ve created a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) along with their answers. Read on to discover everything you need to know before and after making this dish.

How long can steak marinate in lime juice?

Firstly, I suggest you grab a food-safe plastic bag and pop in your beef steak(s) along with the marinade. Gently turn the steak(s) to ensure they are thoroughly coated, then securely close the bag. Depending on the type of steak you’re using, refrigerate the bag for 15 minutes to 2 hours for tender steaks or for 6 hours, or even overnight if you’re using less tender cuts. Remember to flip the bag occasionally to ensure that the marinade is delving deep into the meat.

Is it OK to marinate steak with lime juice overnight?

For this recipe to turn out right, it’s essential to give the steak time to marinate properly. The longer you give it, the more the flavors will penetrate the meat. You can even let it marinate for up to 12 hours, making it a perfect overnight recipe. As the lime juice reacts with the meat, it will alter the color slightly, but this is nothing to be concerned about. Just make sure you use a non-reactive container like a glass bowl to marinate the steak.

Does lime tenderize steak?

One important ingredient that can enhance the tenderness and flavor of steak marinade is lime juice, which contains acid.

What cut of meat is churrasco?

The word “churrasco” refers to a type of steak commonly found in Latin America. The steak is typically marinated in a flavorful blend of citrus, garlic and spices before being grilled to perfection. This results in a succulent and tender cut of meat that pairs perfectly with a zesty chimichurri sauce.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this recipe for Brazilian marinated steaks with chile lime sauce is a must-try for any steak enthusiast. The combination of savory marinade and zesty sauce will have your taste buds dancing with joy. Plus, the recipe allows for substitutions and variations so that you can customize it to your liking.

Serving and pairing options are endless, making this dish perfect for family dinners, backyard barbecues or even a special occasion. And with tips for perfect results and make-ahead, storing and reheating instructions, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

So, why not take your taste buds on a trip to Brazil with this delicious recipe? Impress your guests or indulge in a special meal at home with these tender, juicy and flavorful steaks. Give it a try and bring the flavors of Brazil right to your own kitchen!

Brazilian Marinated Steaks With Chile Lime Sauce

Brazilian Marinated Steaks With Chile Lime Sauce Recipe

Posted for ZWT7. Times do not include marinate time.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 1311.4 kcal


  • 4 sirloin steaks, 1 1/2-inches thick
  • 1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Chile Lime Sauce

  • 5 malgueta bell peppers or 5 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small white onion, finely diced
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 limes, juice of
  • 1/2 bunch italian parsley, chopped


  • For the Chile Lime Sauce:
  • Combine all ingredients in a mini-chopper or blender, and blend or grind until a paste is formed. (Makes about 1/2 cup).
  • Place the steaks in a single layer in a large glass or ceramic baking dish.
  • Whisk the remaining ingredients together in a bowl and pour over the steaks, turning to coat evenly.
  • Cover and refrigerate, turning every couple of hours for about 4 hours.
  • Preheat the grill.
  • Remove the steaks from the marinade, shaking off any excess, and grill 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until done to taste.
  • Transfer to a platter and let the steaks rest, loosely covered with foil, then serve with the chile lime sauce.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 886gCalories: 1311.4kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 125.9gFat: 77.7gSaturated Fat: 31.3gCholesterol: 456mgSodium: 1488.9mgFiber: 3.9gSugar: 6.3g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Brazilian, Meat, South American, Steak, Very Low Carbs
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.