Coffee Rubbed Steak combines simple spices and ground coffee beans to make the ultimate steak. Easy and delicious dry rub for your steak.

Dry rub seasoning in a bowl
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Easy Coffee Rubbed Steak Recipe:

If you are looking for a new dry rub for you steak, make this coffee flavor dry rub. Instant coffee granules are combined with simple spices to great an amazing dry rub. It takes your steak to the next level.

The steaks texture cooks with a nice texture while the coffee tenderizes the steak for a smoky flavor. This coffee rub recipe is amazing and one you will be reaching for again and again.

Homemade rubs are easy to make and taste so much better than store bought. You can easily adjust the spices to what you have on hand. The next time you are at the store, grab these simple spices for a flavorful dry rub.

Also try Smoked Ribeye and Smoked Beef Short Ribs.

Ground Coffee, smoked paprika, chili powder, black pepper, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion, powder, steaks

Ingredients: 

Serves: 2 

  • Ground Coffee 
  • Smoked Paprika 
  • Chili Powder 
  • Black Pepper 
  • Kosher Salt 
  • Garlic Powder 
  • Onion Powder 
  • New York Strip Steaks 
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How to Make Coffee Rubbed Steak: 

  • Step 1 – Combine Seasoning – Stir all the seasonings together in a small mixing bowl.  
Dry rub seasoning in a bowl
  • Step 2 – Rub on Steak – Generously steak dry rub seasoning mixture onto both sides of the steak.  
Seasoning steaks on a plate
  • Step 3 – Rest Steak – Cover the steak and let them sit with the seasoning on it for at least 30 minutes. We like the steaks to be at room temperature before grilling.
  • Step 4 – Prepare Grill – Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 400-450 degrees F). Prepare a high heat section of the grill and a low heat section of the grill.
  • Step 5 – Grill Steaks – Place the steaks on the grill over direct heat.  Sear the steaks for 3-4 minutes per side until browned.
  • Step 6 – Grill on Low Heat – Then move the steaks to the low heat side of the grill. 
Grill Steaks on the Grill
  • Step 7 – Cover and Cook – Cover and cook the steaks until the steak reaches your ideal doneness level. Based on how you prefer your steaks to be cooked. The internal temperature of the steaks are listed in the notes based on how you like your steak prepared.
Grill Steaks on the grill
  • Step 8 – Serve and Enjoy – Remove the steak from the grill.  Make a foil tent over the steak for 5-10 minutes. Then the steak is ready to serve and enjoy. Season with salt and pepper before serving.
Grilled Steaks on a plate

How to Know when Steak is Cooked: 

The best way to test for doneness is by inserting an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the steak. Do this through the side, not the top of the steak.

  • Steak Doneness Rare – 120F, cool to warm red center
  • Medium Rare – 130F, Warm red center
  • Medium – 140F, Hot pink center
  • Medium-Well – 150F, Mostly brown center
  • Well Done – 160F, full brown in color
Steaks cooked on the grill

Coffee Steak Rub Recipe Tips:

  • Coffee Grounds – This best coffee to use this regular or decaffeinated coffee. Stay away from flavored coffee grounds, instant or espresso.
  • Marinate Steak – For the best flavor, allow the steaks to marinate with the dry rub. We recommend at least 30 minutes to marinate before grilling steaks.
  • Preparing Grill – Make sure to preheat grill before grilling steaks. This gives the steaks the best crust when the steaks are able to sear over high heat.
Dry rub seasoning in a bowl

Substitution Ideas:

  • Coffee Spice Rub Recipe – Feel free to use different types of spices with this dry rub. Add in brown sugar for a hint of sweetness. I am sure whatever you use it will be mouth-watering.
  • Types of Beef – You can use different types of beef or meats when using this dry rub. We have used it on chicken, pork, sirloin, pork chops and more. Make sure to allow any cuts of meat to marinade before grilling
  • Cast Iron Skillet – Cook the steak in a cast iron skillet instead of the grill for amazing results.
Steaks on a plate with coffee rub seasoning

What to Serve with Coffee Rubbed Steak?

Coffee Rubbed steaks can be served with many different side dishes. These are some of my favorites.

Dry rub seasoning in a bowl

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  

Dry rub seasoning in a bowl

More Easy Dry Rub Recipes:

Coffee Rubbed Steak

5 from 3 votes
Coffee Rubbed Steak combines simple spices and ground coffee beans to make the ultimate steak. Easy and delicious dry rub for your steak.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Make a foil tent over the steak 5 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 2
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 531

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Stir all the seasonings together in a small mixing bowl.
  • Generously rub the seasoning mixture onto both sides of the steak.
  • Cover the steak and let them sit with the seasoning on it for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 400-450 degrees F). Prepare a high heat section of the grill and a low heat section of the grill.
  • Place the steaks on the grill over direct heat.  Sear the steaks for 3-4 minutes per side until browned.
  • Then move the steaks to the low heat side of the grill.  Cover and cook the steaks until the steak reaches your ideal doneness level based on how you prefer your steaks to be cooked. The internal temperature of the steaks are listed in the notes based on how you like your steak prepared.
  • Remove the steak from the grill.  Make a foil tent over the steak for 5-10 minutes and then the steak is ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The best way to test for doneness is by inserting an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the steak.
Do this through the side, not the top of the steak.
Steak Doneness
Rare – 120F, cool to warm red center
Medium Rare – 130F, Warm red center
Medium – 140F, Hot pink center
Medium Well – 150F, Mostly brown center
Well Done – 160F, full brown in color
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 531kcal, Carbohydrates 5g, Protein 48g, Fat 35g, Saturated Fat 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 15g, Cholesterol 181mg, Sodium 1317mg, Potassium 863mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 2322IU, Vitamin C 0.2mg, Calcium 75mg, Iron 5mg

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