Portuguese Steak

Tara Pacheco


A lot of my cooking is inspired from my Portuguese heritage. My hometown of Fall River, Massachusetts has a great Portuguese population. And we also have some amazing Portuguese restaurants that feature this dish. This is my version that I make at home.


★★★★★ 2 votes

15 Min
15 Min


  • 2
    8 ounce sirloin steak
  • ·
    olive oil
  • ·
    red wine vinegar
  • 4
    garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 1 c
    dry white wine
  • 1/2
    packet dry gravy mix
  • 1 Tbsp
    pimenta moida (crushed red pepper) - or to taste

  • 2
    fried eggs
  • 2
    slices large roasted red pepper

How to Make Portuguese Steak


  1. leave meat out to room temperature. season with salt & pepper. leave to tenderize (approximately 2 minutes)
  2. rub red wine vinegar on meat
  3. pour olive oil in skillet. when hot place meat in pan. add garlic, crushed red pepper, and one bay leaf to each steak. Add more oil if needed
  4. sear meat 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium rare.
  5. meanwhile, in a separate pan, fry 2 eggs (over medium)
  6. add your wine, then whisk in your dry gravy mix a little at a time.
  7. reduce the sauce to desired consistency.
  8. place roasted peppers and fried egg on top of meat. this dish is traditionally served with rice and fries.

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