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Coffee-Rubbed Steak
Coffee-rubbed steak
Nathan Congleton / TODAY
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Coffee and steak might seem like an unlikely partnership, but the flavor of beef is actually heightened by the robust notes of java.


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


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.

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