Perfectly Spiced Coffee Rub for Juicy Steak

As a steak lover and a coffee addict, I have been always looking for a way to combine these two passions into one exquisite meal. So, when I come across this coffee spice rub for steak recipe, it instantly caught my attention. And now, having tried it myself, I can confidently say that it is a match made in heaven!

This homemade coffee rub brings out the juicy and robust flavors of the steak while adding its unique depth and aroma. The combination of sweet paprika, dried ancho chile powder, aromatic oregano and ginger, and of course finely ground coffee beans creates a harmonic balance between sweetness and spiciness. You will feel that your taste buds are on a roller coaster ride.

In this article, I’m going to share with you everything you need to know about making this coffee rub for steak recipe. From the ingredient list to step-by-step instructions and handy tips for perfect results. By the end of it, you’ll be craving some perfectly cooked coffee-rubbed steak!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Spice Rub for Steak
Coffee Spice Rub for Steak

Are you tired of the same old boring steak recipes that fail to impress your taste buds? Look no further than this coffee spice rub for steak recipe.

First of all, the combination of spices and coffee creates a flavor profile that is truly unique and delicious. The ginger adds a touch of spiciness, while oregano provides an earthy taste. Dark brown sugar brings a hint of sweetness, and the coffee grounds tie everything together with a rich and bold flavor. This rub will elevate your steak game to new heights.

Not only does this recipe bring a delicious flavor to your steak, it also provides health benefits. Black pepper has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, and ginger can help with digestion. The coffee in this recipe contains antioxidants that protect cells from damage and reduce inflammation.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just trying to impress your family on a weeknight, this coffee spice rub for steak recipe is sure to make an impression. With its complex flavors and healthy benefits, it’s a win-win for both your taste buds and body. Give it a try and thank us later.

Ingredient List

“Coffee and steak? Trust me, it works!”

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious coffee spice rub for steak recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon finely ground coffee beans
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried ancho chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

All of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store, and most of them may already be in your pantry. The coffee should be finely ground for best results in the rub. The combination of sweet paprika and ancho chile powder adds a smoky flavor to the rub while dark brown sugar provides a touch of sweetness. Kosher salt, dry mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper round out the flavors of this multifaceted spice blend.

The Recipe How-To

“Elevate your grilling game with this simple but delicious recipe”

To make the coffee spice rub, simply mix together all the recipe ingredients in a small bowl until well fully combined. In this rub recipe, I used finely ground coffee beans, dried ancho chile powder, dark brown sugar, sweet paprika, kosher salt, dry mustard, ginger, oregano, garlic powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, and onion powder to create the perfect blend of seasonings that will enhance the flavor of your steak.

If you’re using a whole coffee beans instead of pre-ground coffee or espresso powder, grind 2 tablespoons of beans with a mortar and pestle until they’re a fine powder. Add this to the rest of the spices and stir well.

Rub the Coffee Spice Rub All Over the Steak

When it comes to how to use a dry rub for steak or other meats like skirt steak or NY strip steak, go ahead and rub it into every nook and cranny so that your meat is covered with taste goodness! With your hands spread a generous amount on both sides of each ribeye steak (or other cut).

Press down with your hands so that the rub adheres well to the steak. Make sure that you coat everything well – the edges included. You want all that delicious flavor to permeate every inch of your meat. When you’re done rubbing your four steaks (yielding around 4 ribeye steaks), let them sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature while you preheat the skillet or grill.

Cooking Your Coffee Rubbed Steak

You can cook your coffee rubbed steak any number of ways: on the grill for amazing smoky flavor; in a cast-iron skillet for crispy blackened edges; in the oven for roasted perfection. You can also cook using different methods like pan-searing or broiling. The most important thing is to get it cooked just right!

Whether you prefer your steak rare, medium rare, medium, or well-done, use a meat thermometer to gauge temperature. For rare steak cook it for 4-5 minutes on each side until a thermometer reads 145°F for medium-rare, 160°F for medium, and 170°F for well-done.

If you like a bit of sauce with your ribeye steak, while the steaks rest after cooking make a quick ancho chile sauce by combining some of the coffee rub seasoning mix with tomato sauce or ketchup and vinegar.

Serve Up Your Delicious Coffee Rubbed Steak

The time has finally come! Once your steak is perfectly cooked and has rested at room temperature for about 10 minutes, it’s ready to be served.

You can serve your coffee rubbed steak on its own with a side salad or grilled vegetables. Or pile it high on top of homemade garlic mashed potatoes or baked sweet potato. You may also enhance its richness by drizzling some melted butter over the top after removing from the oven or grill.

No matter how you choose to plate this dish up, it’s important

Substitutions and Variations

“For coffee lovers and steak enthusiasts alike”

There are plenty of opportunities for customization and experimentation with this coffee spice rub recipe. Here are some substitutions and variations you might want to try:

1. Coffee beans: If you don’t want to grind your own coffee beans, you can substitute 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules in the recipe.

2. Ancho chile powder: If you can’t find ancho chile powder, you can use regular chili powder or any other kind of hot pepper powder. Keep in mind that different kinds of chili powders have varying levels of heat, so adjust the amount to your preference.

3. Smoked paprika: If you’re not a fan of smoked paprika, you can use regular paprika instead.

4. Sugar: You can use light brown sugar instead of dark brown sugar if that’s what you have on hand.

5. Steak cut: This coffee spice rub works great with all kinds of steak cuts, from ribeye to filet mignon. It also works well with skirt steak, so feel free to use it for fajitas or other Mexican-inspired dishes.

6. Spice level: Adjust the spice level to your liking by adding more or less ancho chile powder, black pepper or kosher salt.

Remember that the key to a successful coffee rubbed steak is balancing the flavors and not overpowering the natural taste of the meat. So play around with these variations until you find your perfect blend!

Serving and Pairing

“A unique twist on a classic steak seasoning”

Once you have prepared your delicious coffee rubbed steak, it’s time to start thinking about how to serve it. I love to enjoy this dish alongside a crisp green salad with a simple vinaigrette dressing. Not only does this provide a great balance between the rich steak and tangy dressing, but it also adds some much-needed greens to your plate.

As for drinks, you can’t go wrong with a nice glass of red wine. The bold flavors of the coffee rub are perfectly complemented by a full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Alternatively, you could also pair your steak with a cold beer like an IPA, which is a great way to bring out all of the flavors of the spices in the rub.

When it comes to serving your steak, make sure to let it rest for at least five minutes before slicing into it. This will help to keep the juices in the meat and prevent it from drying out. Once sliced, arrange the pieces on a platter and garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro.

Overall, coffee rubbed steak is a rich and hearty dish that pairs best with simple sides and full-bodied drinks that can stand up to its bold spices. Whether you choose to enjoy it with wine, beer, or even just a glass of water, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your cooking repertoire.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“When coffee meets steak, magic happens”

If you’re planning to save some of the coffee spice rub for later use or want to prepare the rubbed steak ahead of time, you can do so. The best way to store the leftover rub is in a sealed jar or container with a tight-fitting lid. You can keep it in your pantry or cabinet at room temperature, and it should keep for up to six months.

When it comes to prepping the steak ahead of time, make sure that you rinse off any excess rub before cooking. You don’t want the spices to burn during cooking, which could result in a bitter taste. Once rinsed, pat dry the steak with paper towels and place it in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. You can store the rubbed steak in your refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Reheating cooked steak is never ideal, but sometimes it’s necessary. If you have leftover coffee rubbed steak and want to reheat it, make sure that you do so slowly over low heat. Too much heat could overcook the meat and dry it out. You can reheat the steak in a skillet on low heat or using a sous-vide method if available.

A handy tip for storing and reheating your coffee rubbed steak is to wrap it tightly in foil before placing in the refrigerator. Additionally, consider reheating the steak using indirect heat methods such as grilling or baking for better results.

Overall, this recipe allows for great flexibility when it comes to storing and reheating your steaks without sacrificing flavor. Keep these tips in mind for optimal results even after being refrigerated or stored for an extended period of time.

Tips for Perfect Results

Making the perfect coffee spice rub for steak recipe requires a little bit of know-how, and some insider tips on how to unlock the most flavor from your selected ingredients. Here are some useful tips that will help you to achieve a coffee-rubbed steak that is surely going to be finger-licking good.

– Smoked paprika is essential: It might be tempting to use regular sweet paprika instead of smoked paprika, but trust me when I say that the smokiness adds an essential depth of flavor. Using smoked paprika can enhance the taste and provide a heavenly aroma that begs for more bites.

– Get creative with different cuts: While this recipe is traditionally used on ribeye steaks, you can apply it to other cuts as well. For instance, try using it on skirt steak, NY strip steak, filet mignon or any other cut of your choice. The flavors will complement the steak and message your taste buds in all the right ways.

– Use freshly ground coffee beans: Freshly ground coffee beans release oils that convey an unparalleled variety of flavors into your rub blend. Trust me with this addition; you would be surprised at how amazing your final product turns out.

– Consider various cooking techniques: Don’t limit yourself to only grilling your coffee-rubbed steak. You can also cook it in an oven or skillet over high heat, depending on your preference. You could apply additional seasoning by tossing some rosemary or thyme into the skillet while giving it mixed-grill flavor.

– Balance flavors accordingly: Take extra care when blending this rub by making sure that one ingredient doesn’t overpower the others. In the same vein, ensure you taste as you go to keep achieving balance in salt, sweet, and spicy components.

– Rest and let it sit: After applying your coffee spice rub onto your steaks or roasts, let it rest at room temperature for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to absorb the flavors better. Once done, give your steak a quick rinse or pat with a paper towel.

Following these tips will help you achieve the best coffee-rubbed steak ever. Remember, cooking is all about experimenting and finding what works best for you. Whatever you do, don’t forget to sit back and savor every bite of that delicious steak!


Now that you have learned how to make this delicious coffee spice rub for steak, I bet you have a few questions in mind. To help you out, let me answer some of the commonly asked questions that people usually ask about this recipe. Whether it’s about substitutions, storage or cooking time, I’ve got you covered. So, let’s get started with the FAQ section.

What is coffee rub made of?

Want to add a flavorful twist to your meat dishes? Here’s how to make coffee rub in a jiffy. Just mix ground coffee, paprika, granulated garlic, minced onion, brown sugar, black pepper, and salt in a bowl until fully combined. Spread brown spicy mustard on the meat and apply the coffee rub. Lastly, pat it down to ensure maximum flavor profile.

Why do you put coffee on steak?

Similar to tannins in wine, coffee’s acidic nature can intensify the taste of coffee when brewed. Additionally, coffee’s properties can be utilized as a tenderizer when applied as a rub on steak. This can enhance the juiciness of meat and create a delicious layer of flavor on top.

What does coffee rubbed steak taste like?

When it comes to coffee rubbed steak, the coffee flavor itself is not prominent in the taste. Rather, the spices used in the rub permeate the meat, resulting in a slightly spicy and earthy flavor. Of course, the level of spiciness can be adjusted to your liking.

Is coffee rub good for ribeye?

Looking for a way to enhance the flavor of your steak, pork or lamb? Try using a coffee rub that not only adds a unique kick but also helps create a nice crust on your meat when grilling. The coffee tannins work their magic by intermixing with the meat juices and acting as a tenderizer to give your dish that perfect texture.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re a steak lover looking for a unique and flavorful twist, then this coffee spice rub is the perfect recipe for you! The blend of ground coffee, ancho chile powder, and other spices will take your taste buds on a journey to culinary heaven. Plus, the sweetness of the brown sugar paired with the spiciness of the chile powder creates a balanced flavor that is sure to impress anyone’s palate.

So why not give this recipe a try? It’s simple, easy to make, and requires only a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Whether you’re using it for ribeye steaks or filet mignon, this coffee rub will elevate any cut of meat to new heights.

In addition to being delicious, this rub is also versatile. You can use it on vegetables like roasted potatoes or carrots to add some extra flavor. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try it on grilled seafood or chicken!

Not only is this coffee rub recipe tasty and easy to make, but it’s also cost-effective compared to buying pre-made rubs at the store. So what are you waiting for? Try out this coffee spice rub for steak recipe and impress your family and friends with your newfound cooking skills!

Coffee Spice Rub for Steak

Coffee Spice Rub for Steak Recipe

I have used instant coffe grounds when I didn't have coffee beans on hand and it worked fine.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 2 cups
Calories 9.3 kcal


  • 1/4 cup dried ancho chile powder
  • 1/4 cup espresso-roast coffee beans, finely ground
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon coriander, ground
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, ground


  • Store in airtight container, until ready to use.
  • Rub well into meat and cook.

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Serving: 3gCalories: 9.3kcalCarbohydrates: 1.9gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.3gSodium: 235.1mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy, For Large Groups
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