Coulotte steak is a cool lot of quality meat (pun intended) and we’re gonna teach you everything you need to know about it. The next time you’re in a grocery store and you see the label coulotte steak, you will have learned what it is, where it comes from, why it’s a good purchase, and how you can cook it.

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What Does Coulotte Mean?

Let’s start with the basics: you must be wondering what does coulotte even mean? And where does it come from? Well, a coulotte (also spelled culotte), also known as top sirloin cap Steak, is meat cut from the top sirloin part of a beef cattle. This part is known as the sirloin cap.

If you’re interested in some etymology, then we’re happy to deliver. It’s said that the word ‘coulotte’ is likely taken from the French word ‘cul’ which means ‘backside, anus, and bottom’. The French word comes from the Latin ‘culus’, which means ‘bottom’. Don’t you love how language works?

Coulotte meat is boneless with gorgeous marbling. As the name suggests, marbling is an inlay of fat mimicking the pattern of marble. The marbling on the coulotte meat makes for an oh-so- juicy, toothsome, and tender steak. It elevates the steak’s taste and quality.

Coulotte is one of the best beef cuts for grilling, so keep that in mind for your next grill party! It can also be sauteed, and it works well with stir-fries. As you can see, coulotte is a versatile and fun meat cut that you can experiment with, in your kitchen.

You can learn more about some of the best beef cuts here.

Is Coulotte Steak the Same As Picanha?

Many people often ask if coulotte is the same as Picanha. The short answer is: Absolutely!

In fact, Picanha is the Portuguese name for coulotte. Coulotte aka Picanha is one of the most popular meats of choice in Brazil. Its tenderness, juiciness, and versatility make it an all-time favorite cut of meat.

Coulotte steak, or Brazillian Picanha, is said to be the star of the Brazilian churrascobarbecue (Churrasco is the Portuguese name for beef or grilled meat). We count on our Brazillian readers to confirm or deny this!

Coulotte Steak
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Let’s Talk Nutrition

Coulotte Steak has a decent nutritional profile. According to FoodData Central for 100 grams of meat, you’re consuming: 213 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 27 grams of protein. Of course, these values can change depending on how you plan to cook your meat; using any form of oil can increase the fat ratio.

People often wonder if a certain food is healthy or unhealthy. In this case, coulotte steak can be both depending on how much or how little you consume it. It can definitely be a healthy meal if you fine-tune your consumption according to your dietary and micronutrient needs.

Thanks to its high values of fat and protein, coulotte steak can be considered as a great option for those who follow the keto diet. It can also be an equally great option for those who follow the carnivore diet, as well as the Paleo Diet.

Even if you don’t follow any of these diets, coulotte remains a great way to meet your required daily macronutrient intake of protein and fat. Of course, we recommend consuming coulotte steak alongside varied sources of healthy carbs like vegetables and fruits, for a wholesome and balanced meal.

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Now, Let’s Get Cooking!

SnS Grills

Coulotte is a delicious and versatile cut of meat. Since it’s a boneless cut, it can easily be used for cooking and preparing many dishes and meals such as hamburgers, stews, BBQ steak, etc.

Grilled Coulotte Steak

Coulotte steak is an excellent meat cut for grilling. Grilling may seem intimidating for some, but it actually isn’t. It’s an easy and fun activity that you can do alone or with family and friends. Here’s how to go about it.


Seasoning is paramount for your Coulotte to be exquisite. Take your steak and coat it in large grains of salt and pepper, on each side. You can also use any herbs or seasoning combinations of your choosing. Some great options include basil, bay leaf, dry mustard powder, garlic, and rosemary.


Grill the steak for 4-5 minutes per side, but don’t flip it too much. Let the grill do the work. As long as you make sure to avoid any burning, your steak will cook perfectly. Using an instant-read meat thermometer will come in handy for monitoring your preferred doneness.


Let your Coulotte steak rest for a good 10 minutes, before you start devouring all that juicy goodness. Bon Appetit!

Sauteed Coulotte Steak


As we mentioned earlier, Coulotte steak can also be sauteed. Here’s a step by step guide on how to do it.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a hot reliable skillet. Make sure not to burn the oil.
  • Season your culotte steak with salt, pepper, and any other spices or herbs of your choosing. Some great options we recommend are basil, bay leaf, dry mustard powder, garlic, and rosemary. Make sure not to overdo it with your seasoning. Doing so will take away from your coulotte steak‘s flavor.
  • Saute both sides of your steak for 1 minute on high heat. This will guarantee that both sides get an even sear. The sear will give you steak a nutty brownish gorgeous color.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook your steak for an additional 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  • Using an instant-read meat thermometer will come in handy for monitoring your preferred doneness.
  • After cooking your coulotte to your liking, allow your meat to rest before serving. A good 5 to 7 minutes should do the trick.

In The End

This concludes our journey of learning about coulotte steak. We hope you now know coulotte a little better. Most importantly, we hope you’re inspired to pick up some meat for yourself and get grilling … or sauteing. Whatever floats your boat!

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