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Coffee-Rubbed Steak

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Coffee-rubbed steak
Nathan Congleton / TODAY
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ teaspoons finely ground coffee or espresso
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound flank or skirt steak
  • Pico de gallo, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • Chef notes

    Coffee and steak might seem like an unlikely partnership, but the flavor of beef is actually heightened by the robust notes of java.

    Preparation

    1.

    Preheat a grill, grill pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

    2.

    In a small bowl, combine the coffee grounds with the chili powder, plus a few generous pinches of salt and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the steak. Cook the beef for 3-4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness, until slightly firm but still yielding.

    3.

    Let the steak rest for at least 5 minutes, then slice thinly against the grain of the meat. Serve with a big scoop of pico de gallo and a wedge of lime.