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Coffee-crusted ribeye steaks with veggies.

Coffee-Crusted Ribeye

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Kick up steak night with dramatic flair! Coffee-Crusted Ribeye is the show-stopping recipe that will have your friends and family relishing every succulent bite.

  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves about 2-3 1x


  • 2 ribeye steaks

Espresso Steak Rub

  • 2 tablespoons espresso coffee grounds
  • 3 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Mix the spice ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste and adjust.
  2. Season the steaks generously, just enough to cover all sides. Place the steaks on a wire rack with a baking sheet, uncovered in the fridge. Allow the steaks to dry-brine for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
  3. Remove the steaks from the fridge as you preheat the grill.
  4. Preheat a grill for high heat, and clean the grates well with a little oil. This will prevent the steak from sticking.
  5. Place the steaks on the greats directly above the coals, or heat source if using a gas grill. Allow them to sear for 2 minutes before flipping. Continue to flip and rotate every 2 minutes, building a nice crust on the outside. Flipping helps to control the cooking momentum, preventing one side from being overcooked.
  6. Remove the steaks when about 8-10 degrees away from their target temperature. To cook a perfect medium-rare steak, take the steaks off around 118-125°F and allow them to rest with a loosely tented foil. They will rest to a medium-rare temperature of about 130-135°F.
  7. Slice against the grain and serve.


This steak works best fired over the grill. Cast-iron can make the coffee bitter, whereas regular flipping over the open grates builds a better crust.

  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Beef & Lamb
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Dinner
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