Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak


I found a lonely flank steak in the bottom of the freezer.    I needed something quick for dinner so I thought I would come up with a cool spicy rub and throw it on the grill.

Recently, I highlighted using the tiny little packets of micro-ground coffee from Starbucks in another post this week.  I love using these little packs and substitute them in whenever a recipe calls for espresso or coffee.

Lil' pack o' caffeine.

Having read about coffee rubs for meats and being intrigued,  I decided to give it a try on this flank steak.

Here is what I threw together:

Coffee-Paprika Rub

1 pkg. Starbuck Via
2 t. smoked paprika
1 t. fine sea salt

Combine coffee, paprika and salt.

Spice rub.

Rub flank steak and grill or fry in a hot skillet.

Sizzle, sizzle!

I ended up frying the steak because it was too late to get the grill going when we finally had time to throw together dinner.    Heat up a cast iron skillet, throw in a bit of olive oil, cook about 3-4 minutes on each side.

Having some more peppers fresh-picked from the garden, I decided to throw some peppers (both purple bells and a couple of jalapenos) with some onions to saute.

Fresh peppers.

These smelled great.

Let the meat rest while veggies are cooking.

Slice steak and serve.

Dinner is served.

Leftovers, yes!   I will use the leftovers for quesadillas or salads.


9 comments to Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak

  • This is a creative rub idea indeed! I have never used coffee in a rub, but it sounds like a tasty one with paprika-definitely worth a try. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  • Liz

    What a delicious idea! I have a couple flank steaks that need grilling before the weather tanks again 🙂 Love your onions and peppers, too! Have a great weekend~

  • How smart to use the little packets! And a great way to use up your peppers! Put the leftovers in a sandwich roll and add some cheese and you’d have a great Philly Steak Sandwich too!

  • Dan

    That looks like a tasty, easy rub for a quick steak. Nice job.

    Yeah, you don’t see coffee in rubs very often. I have a rub for chicken that actually uses espresso grinds. it’s quite good.

  • Ann

    Wow – this is a great dinner and your garden fresh peppers are beautiful! I’ve never had a coffee rubbed steak before and – like you – they’ve always intrigued me!

    Thanks SO much for boldly going out there….now I’ll have to take the plunge, too!

  • My husband loves flank steak. I’ve never tried a coffee rub — I actually had never heard about them befoe — but he loves coffee, so I will try this for him. Thanks!

  • We love making coffee rubs, and this one sounds so easy and delicious!