Espetada | Portuguese Beef Skewers

Espetada, or Portuguese Beef Skewers, is a classic dish from Madeira island. The dish requires little preparation and does not need to be marinated but packs a hefty punch of flavor. Try this out at your next barbecue!

 

 

Espetada, Portuguese Skewered Beef, with Bolo do Caco

Espetada | Portuguese Beef Skewers

Espetada, or Portuguese Beef Skewers, is a classic dish from Madeira island. The dish requires little preparation and does not need to be marinated but packs a hefty punch of flavor. Try this out at your next barbecue!
Rate this recipe!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Brazilian, Portuguese
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

  • 20 fresh bay leaves
  • 2.5-3 lbs beef top sirloin
  • coarse sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Cube the meat into about 1.5" chunks.
  • On a large metal skewer, or laurel branch, place the meat. Allow a little space between each piece of meat to allow all sides to get crisp. If you are using a metal skewer, place a fresh bay leaf between each piece of meat.
    bayleaf bay 5720
  • Just before placing the meat over a hot open fire, coat with the coarse salt on all sides, pressing the salt into the meat if needed. After salting the meat it needs to be placed over the barbecue within 5 minutes.
    Espetada Madeira Portugal 8
  • The meat should take between 8-15 minutes to cook. Turn the meat once or twice to ensure it is cooking evenly. Once the meat is done, hit the skewer on the barbecue frame, or against the other skewers, to knock of some of the rock salt.
    Espetada Madeira Portugal 5
  • Traditionally served with Bolo do Caco
    espetada BBQ beef meat Madeira 15

Video

Notes

skewer espetada
Click on image to shop for this Skewer
Keyword barbaque, bbq, beef, carne spit, espetada, Madeira, Madeira island beef, Portuguese beef, Portuguese beef on skewer
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Espetada Madeira Portugal 9

Recipes

Portuguese / Keto / Seafood / Vegetarian / Breakfast / Dinner

Michael holding plate of pesto crab cakes

Hello, I'm Michael!

I aspire to share recipes that you and your family can enjoy while also learning about cooking fundamentals along the way. I attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, CA and now enjoy cooking as a hobby.

Link to shop Michael's Kitchen Essentials