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Create your own Brazilian-inspired feast with our recipes for seafood stew, BBQ beef, piri piri poussin and chicken coxhina. To drink, mix up some batidas or caipirinhas.

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Easy Brazilian recipes

Picanha with bean salad

Picanha is also known as the top sirloin cap or the rump cap. Popular in the US and Brazil, it’s a pointed cut, so it's great for serving a crowd as you’ll get well done to rare from the same piece of beef. Check out our steak recipes for more inspiration.

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Brazilian moqueca

This Brazilian seafood stew is packed with king prawns and meaty white fish, then flavoured with chilli, ginger and black pepper for a gently spiced dish.

A casserole pot filled with Brazilian moqueca containing large prawns next to a plate filled with a portion

Beef picanha yakiniku

This classic Brazilian-Nikkei dish combines yakiniku, which are Japanese grilled meats, with picanha, Brazil’s most popular cut of beef.

A slate platter topped with slices of beef and topped with chilli and sesame seeds


Mojito fans in particular will love this light, zesty yet punchy cocktail from Brazil.

Caipirinha Recipe

Roast chicken coxhina

Coxhina means 'little thigh' in Brazilian, after the meat they're filled with. They make a great street food-inspired snack.

Brazilian Roast chicken coxhina


Salpicoa is a typical salad from Brazil, which is quite similar to a waldorf. It might seem strange topping a salad with fries but it really works here.

Salpicoa brazilian salad

Passion fruit caipirinha

A passion fruit twist on the punchy Brazilian cocktail, ideal for those warm summer evenings. We have plenty more summer cocktail ideas.

Passion Fruit Caipirinha Recipe

Brazilian-inspired piri-piri spatchcock poussins

Piri-piri makes the best marinade for grilled chicken or poussins. It's quick and easy to make your own – and we think it tastes so much better. This simple recipe makes a great BBQ dish. Find more BBQ recipes here.

Brazilian piri piri spatchcocked poussins

The Brazil grill burger

Plenty of popular flavours from Brazil are crammed into one epic mouthful here – piri-piri bacon, smoky chimichurri relish, cumin-spiced onion rings, creamy lime and avocado mayo. We have lots more burger recipes over here.

The Brazil grill burger

Biro biro rice

This traditional Brazilian dish sees rice mixed with matchstick-shaped pieces of potato. This recipe from Latin-American London-based restaurant Cabana uses crisp shallots instead.

A red bowl filled with rice, red onion and shallots

Papaya with chilli caramel

Try this simple Brazilian-style dessert. The red chilli adds a wonderful kick to the sweetness of the papaya and caramel, making this a light but indulgent pud.

papaya with chilli


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