Coffee Rubbed Steaks

How would I describe coffee rubbed steaks? Two words. Crazy good. I do love my coffee (obsessed might be a better word) and I do love steaks so it’s a natural combination for me. For others, it might not be the obvious choice but sometimes the obvious isn’t always the best now is it? Go ahead and try something new. Come on. You can do it! The coffee rub forms a nice crust on the outside that’s got a little bit of a kick to it. If you don’t like so much of a kick just cut back on the chili powder.

Once the grill was hot it was off to the fire they went. While they were cooking I whipped up a quick fresh from the garden salsa to serve with (a pico de gallo minus the jalapeno because there was already a good kick in the rib-eye) I like to use what I have on hand so this one had: tomatoes, onion, garlic, bell pepper, lime juice, cilantro and salt/pepper. Simple and a great compliment to the beef.

If you’re looking to feed a crowd try this on flank steak instead. Just adjust the rub for the amount of meat and of course the cooking time (it will cook MUCH faster).


Coffee Rubbed Steaks


  • 4 ribeye steaks, 2" thick approximately 1 - 1/2 pounds each
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • 1/4 cup ground espresso
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder


  1. Brush steaks lightly with olive oil. Season both sides with salt/pepper. Set aside.
  2. Combine espresso and chili powder. Liberally rub onto both sides of steak. Set aside.
  3. Heat grill. When hot, cook steak for approximately 4-5 minutes each side (or to desired doneness).
  4. Allow steaks to rest 5 minutes prior to slicing.



  1. 1

    I love adding coffee to beef rubs, it just adds the best depth of flavor, delicious! Gorgeous photos too!

  2. 2

    This recipe is so intriguing – I can’t wait to give it a try. Gorgeous photos, Paula!

  3. 3

    Coffee makes such an amazing rub for steaks. I love that this has the spicy kick as well!

  4. 4

    Wow, great minds think alike, lol — I just posted a coffee marinade for steak. I agree that coffee and beef aren’t the first combo that comes to mind when it comes to marinades, but it’s a fantastic pairing!

  5. 5

    Now I must have steak for dinner. These look amazing!

  6. 6

    These steaks look so good and so easy! I always love to experiment with rubs, so this will be a must-try.

  7. 7

    I’ve never had coffee rubbed steaks. You know I love coffee! This dish is gorgeous, Paula!wow!:)xx

  8. 8

    I’m now craving steak. And Coffee. Love.

  9. 9

    Yeahhh ditto what Robyn said! Looks amazing Paula!

  10. 10

    Love this, Paula. I have been dying to try a coffee rub on steaks…yours looks so awesome!

  11. 11

    Yum! These look great, Paula!

  12. 12

    I love anything coffee rubbed. This looks amazing *as always.

  13. 13

    This is beyond fabulous, my friend! My husband is a salt-and-olive oil-only kind of guy when it comes to flavoring steaks but I’m sneaking in coffee next time. I love it!

  14. 14

    Oh my word! This looks fantastic! I am a coffee fanatic and just recently started enjoying it outside of my daily mug. Thanks for sharing!

  15. 15

    Paula, the coffee rub sounds great and pairing it with garden salsa and fresh corn makes it a perfect end of summer picnic. Delicious ideas, as always!


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