Savory and Scrumptious: Coffee-Rubbed Ribeye Steaks

First and foremost, welcome to the world of coffee-rubbed ribeye steaks! For all my steak lovers out there, this recipe is an absolute game-changer that will elevate your taste buds to another level. Trust me when I say that once you take a bite of this juicy, flavorful steak, you’ll never go back to anything else.

The art of coffee-rubbed steak is not new as it’s been around for quite some time; however, it’s still considered a hidden gem in the culinary world. The combination of several spices and finely ground coffee gives the steak a unique flavor that’s both bold and robust but also subtle enough not to overpower the meat.

In this recipe, we’ll be taking a dark roast coffee and mixing it with oregano, chili powder, paprika, and other spices that are readily available in your kitchen. Don’t worry if you don’t take your coffee black; the flavors won’t overpower each other.

You can add this to your list of must-try steak recipes along with other favorites like skirt steaks, sirloin steaks, grilled ribeyes, and many more. This recipe is not just another steak recipe; it’s a whole personality full of flavor and succulent sweet aroma.

So let’s fire up the grill, call up some friends or family over and get ready to prepare the best coffee-rubbed ribeye steaks ever!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee-Rubbed Ribeye Steaks
Coffee-Rubbed Ribeye Steaks

If you’re a fan of bold and flavorful steak that will melt in your mouth, then you won’t want to miss this recipe. The Coffee-Rubbed Ribeye Steaks Recipe is perfect for anyone looking for an adventurous twist on their conventional steak dishes. You’ll love the complex flavors of this recipe, created by the combination of chili powder, dark brown sugar, smoked paprika, and coffee grounds.

But wait, there’s more! The Coffee-Rubbed Ribeye Steaks Recipe is also incredibly versatile. Whether you prefer your steak rare, medium-rare or well done, this recipe will give you the perfect results every time.

The rub gives this steak a flavor profile like no other. The coffee brings out the natural richness of the beef while the brown sugar caramelizes and adds depth to the dish. Additionally, chili powder and smoked paprika lend their subtle smokiness to create an umami explosion in your mouth that is both sweet and spicy.

Lastly, there’s something truly special about using coffee as an ingredient in a savory dish like this. Not only does it add depth and complexity to the flavor profile of your steak, but it also provides an aromatic edge that makes your kitchen smell incredible. Why not try something new? You’re bound to love it!

Ingredient List

 Tender, juicy, and perfectly seasoned with coffee rub.
Tender, juicy, and perfectly seasoned with coffee rub.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here’s what you need to gather before starting to cook. This recipe calls for a variety of spices, but don’t worry, they all contribute to the delicious flavor profile of the coffee-rubbed ribeye steak:

  • Ribeye steaks: 4 units (1 pound each)
  • Kosher salt: 1 tablespoon
  • Ground black pepper: 2 teaspoons
  • Dark brown sugar: 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
  • Dry mustard powder: 2 teaspoon
  • Spanish paprika: 1 tablespoon
  • Smoked paprika: 1 tablespoon
  • Chili powder: 1 tablespoon or ancho chili powder if preferred
  • Ground coriander: 2 teaspoons
  • Ground ginger: 1 teaspoon
  • Dried oregano: 1 teaspoon
  • Onion powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Coffee grounds: finely ground, dark roast coffee, 3 tablespoons

Keep reading to find out substitutions and variations for these ingredients in case you need to adapt the recipe to your preferences or what’s available at your pantry.

The Recipe How-To

 Sizzling hot ribeye steak smothered with coffee rub: truly a carnivore’s delight.
Sizzling hot ribeye steak smothered with coffee rub: truly a carnivore’s delight.

Step 1: Prepare the Coffee Rub

To start, you’ll want to make the coffee rub for the steak. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of finely ground coffee, 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, and 1 teaspoon of ground coriander.

Step 2: Season the Ribeye Steaks

Next up is seasoning the ribeye steaks. Take 4 ribeye steaks, which should collectively weigh around 2 pounds (or ideally more than 1-inch thick), and sprinkle both sides with a generous amount of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Then rub each side of the each steak very generously with your prepared coffee rub.

Step 3: Preheat Your Grill or Grill Pan

Preheat your grill or grill pan to high heat. Make sure it’s hot enough that if you were to hold your hand over the grates or surface for more than a few seconds, you’d need to pull it back quickly.

Step 4: Grill Your Steak to Perfection

Once your grill/grill pan is hot enough, coat your steaks evenly with olive oil, place them on the hot grill or pan, and allow them to cook undisturbed – flipping only once – until they’ve developed a dark crust and are cooked to the desired level of doneness (use a meat thermometer to check).

For those unfamiliar with grilling times: for medium-rare doneness (which is what most steak enthusiasts prefer), keep steaks on the grill for about 5-6 minutes per side; for medium doneness, cook for about 7-8 minutes per side; for medium-well doneness approximately around 9-10 minutes per side.

Step 5: Let Your Steak Rest

Once your steak has finished cooking, remove them from the grill or pan and transfer them to a cutting board. Let them rest for 5-10 minutes before you cut it into slices.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy!

When the resting time is up, slice thinly against the grain of the meat and serve hot. You can garnish it with additional herbs like parsley or cilantro. This coffee rubbed ribeye steak recipe would go excellent with a refreshing salad to balance out the richness of this flavor-packed steak.

Enjoy your delicious coffee-crusted ribeye steak that offers tasty and bold flavors that will elevate your dining experience!

Substitutions and Variations

 It's like a little bit of breakfast on your steak. Coffee, please.
It’s like a little bit of breakfast on your steak. Coffee, please.

When it comes to cooking, the sky’s the limit in terms of potential substitutions and variations. For this recipe, there are a few ingredient swaps you can make to add your own personal touch.

Firstly, consider experimenting with different steak cuts. While ribeye is the recommended cut for this recipe, flank steak, skirt steak or even sirloin steak would all work well with this coffee rub. If you’re feeling particularly daring, why not try using goat meat instead of beef?

When it comes to the spices themselves, there’s plenty of room for customization based on your personal taste preferences. If you’d like your coffee rub to have a more pronounced heat, try substituting some of the paprika or black pepper with ancho chili powder or Aleppo pepper. Alternatively, if you prefer a sweeter profile, consider upping the amount of brown sugar in the rub or mixing in some honey.

If you’re looking to switch up the coffee element of this recipe, try experimenting with different roasts and grinds. A dark roast will have a richer, more pronounced flavor while using finer grounds will give you a smoother texture on your final dish. You could also play around with different brands and flavors of instant coffee to see what suits your particular taste buds.

Finally, for those who want to get creative with serving suggestions, there are a range of options available. For example, bobby flay suggests pairing these coffee-rubbed ribeyes with a side of smoked sweet potato mash and grilled scallions for added depth of flavor. Bon Appétit recommends serving them alongside jasmine rice and wilted greens for a lighter option. And if you really want to lean into the coffee profile, serve these steaks up with a side of Jack Daniels spiked espresso martini – trust us on this one.

Whatever substitutions and variations you choose to explore, there’s no doubt that applying some creativity will result in discovering a truly unique and personalized coffee rubbed steak recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 Talk about a perfect marriage of flavors: rich coffee and succulent steak.
Talk about a perfect marriage of flavors: rich coffee and succulent steak.

You’ve cooked the perfect coffee-rubbed ribeye steak, and now it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it. Proper serving and pairing enhance the flavors of your dish, creating a memorable dining experience.

To begin with, you can serve your coffee-rubbed ribeye steak on its own or with side dishes like garlic roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a refreshing salad. Pairing it with a robust red wine-like cabernet sauvignon or merlot complements the rich taste of the steak. The wine should have a bold flavor that is not easily overwhelmed by coffee rubs or spices.

One way to elevate the meat’s flavor is by drizzling some extra-virgin olive oil on top just before serving. The oil adds an extra layer of richness and complements the steak’s juiciness. When preparing for company, it is always wise to choose appropriate dishware – this will go a long way in making the meal more appetizing.

While preparing your sides’ experiment with different herbs, this will enhance their flavor and appeal much more. For instance, use garlic and thyme in your mashed potatoes; you can also sprinkle some rosemary on your roasted vegetables.

Slicing your cooked ribeye against the grain makes for smoother texture and appearance. Finally, lay it down luxuriously on a plate and garnish with some parsley or chopped green onions – voila! You now have a beautiful looking dish that tastes just as good!

In conclusion, serving and pairing are essential elements of a chef’s artistry. Pairing helps amplify flavors while presentation adds an aesthetic appeal that makes eating fun.Thus let your imagination run wild when considering what side dishes to have alongside your delicious coffee-rubbed ribeye steak -and enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 One word to describe these ribeye steaks: heavenly.
One word to describe these ribeye steaks: heavenly.

Preparing coffee-rubbed ribeye steaks can be time-consuming, but the good news is that you can make them ahead of time and store them for later. To make this happen, you will need to follow certain procedures to keep the meat tender and juicy.

If you want to prepare the meal the night before, season your steak with all the spices and the coffee rub. Then, wrap each steak tightly in plastic wrap before refrigerating. The coffee rub will infuse deep flavors into your meat while it chills.

Once you are ready to cook, remove your steaks from the fridge and let them sit for 30 minutes at room temperature. Preheat your grill or oven to a high temperature and sear each side of your meat for a few minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 130°F for medium-rare.

If you have leftovers, store your cooked coffee-rubbed ribeye steaks by wrapping them with foil or placing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. When reheating, wrap the steak in foil and place it in an oven preheated to 300°F until it is heated through.

It’s important not to overcook or microwave beef because it will dry out and become tough. Therefore, reheating in an oven is recommended over any other method as it can help preserve its delicious taste.

Remember, cooked meat will always taste better when freshly cooked. But if you must store and reheat your coffee-rubbed ribeye steaks, following these tips will ensure that your meal stays as close to restaurant quality as possible.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Keep calm and enjoy a drool-worthy coffee-rubbed ribeye steak.
Keep calm and enjoy a drool-worthy coffee-rubbed ribeye steak.

To prepare a perfectly tender and juicy coffee-rubbed ribeye steak, there are certain tips and tricks that can help you achieve the desired flavor and texture. Here are some of my recommendations for the perfect results:

1. Use high-quality ingredients: To achieve delicious flavors, always use fresh ingredients especially when it comes to herbs and spices. Make sure your coffee is finely ground and choose high-quality olive oil and kosher salt to create a tasty rub.

2. Allow enough time for marination: Marinating the ribeye steak for at least 30 minutes or overnight allows the meat to absorb all the flavors from the rub. This also helps in keeping the meat juicy and more tender after cooking.

3. Control your grill temperature: Preheat your grill to high heat but move the steak over medium-high heat to provide an even cooking process. Flare-ups could burn your steak or cause uneven cooking.

4. Avoid overcooking: Overcooking can turn a tender juicy steak into a chewy dry one. Medium-rare is recommended for Ribeye steaks which cooks between10 and 12 minutes total, with turnings every 2-3 minutes, depending on thickness.

5. Rest before slicing: After removing the steak from the grill, allow it to sit for about ten minutes before you start slicing it up for serving. This ensures that all juices remain within.

6. Experiment with variations: Don’t be afraid to modify the recipe by using different types of chili powders, adding smoked paprika or aleppo pepper, or even trying different kinds of coffee beans depending on your personal taste.

By following these tips, you’ll get a beautifully seasoned coffee rubbed ribeye steak that’s full of flavor, juicy and tender every time you cook it!


As we wrap up the recipe article, it’s time to address some frequently asked questions about this delicious coffee-rubbed ribeye steak recipe. It’s natural to have some doubts or inquiries when trying out a new recipe, so I’m here to clear out any confusion with all the details you need to know. Let’s dive into the most common queries that people have about cooking coffee-rubbed steaks.

Is coffee rub good for ribeye?

If you’re looking for a way to infuse your meat with a distinct flavor profile that will truly elevate your dishes, consider using a coffee rub. This unique blend of coffee and spices is not just for ribeyes; it can be used on any type of meat, including pork, lamb and steak, to add a richness and depth of flavor that is unmatched. As a bonus, the coffee tannins in the rub also help to tenderize the meat and create a crispy exterior during cooking.

Why do you put coffee on steak?

The taste of coffee is similar to the tannins found in wine, and it can enhance the flavor of many dishes. Coffee can even act as a meat tenderizer, creating a flavorful crust that seals in moisture and makes the meat more enjoyable to eat.

What does coffee rubbed steak taste like?

When using coffee as a rub for steak, you might not experience the direct taste of coffee in the meat. However, the spices in the coffee blend together with the meat and can result in a subtle spiciness and earthy flavor, varying based on your own preference for spice.

Does coffee on steak taste good?

Incorporating coffee into your steak recipe can add a delicious texture and charred flavor to your meat, although the coffee taste may not be prominent after cooking. The result is a delectably crispy crust that enhances the overall experience of the dish.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re a steak lover and a coffee aficionado, you absolutely must try this coffee-rubbed ribeye steak recipe. Not only is it a unique and flavorful way to prepare your steak, but its combination of spices, sugar and coffee really elevates the taste of the meat.

By following the simple steps in this recipe, you can achieve a perfectly crusted and cooked ribeye steak that is sure to impress anyone who tries it. And with the option for substitutions and variations, you can customize the recipe to suit your specific tastes.

So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to indulge in some seriously delicious coffee rubbed goodness! Trust me, once you try this coffee-rubbed ribeye steak, it will quickly become your new favorite way to cook steak.

Coffee-Rubbed Ribeye Steaks

Coffee-Rubbed Ribeye Steaks Recipe

This is based on a Bobby Flay recipe, modified to use ingredients I commonly have on hand. I also BBQ the steaks instead of pan-frying. The rub adds a very nice spice to these delicious ribeyes!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1 steak
Calories 139.8 kcal


  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup coffee (finely ground)
  • 2 tablespoons paprika (Spanish paprika is best)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 -4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 rib eye steaks (can use other types of steak as well)


  • Mix all spices together in a small bowl.
  • Brush steaks on both sides with olive oil.
  • Rub each side of the steaks with 1-2 tablespoons of the spice mixture.
  • Let steaks stand out of refrigerator for 1/2 hour.
  • Preheat BBQ grill to high.
  • Cook steaks directly on grill for 2 minutes, flip and rotate 1/4 turn. Repeat three more times until steaks have been cooking for 8 minutes total, 4 on each side. The rotation will leave nice grill marks on the steaks.
  • Move steaks to upper rack of grill, reduce heat to medium, and close lid.
  • Continue cooking, flipping every few minutes, until desired doneness is reached. I find 1 1/2 inch thick steaks generally take 16-18 minutes of total cooking time to reach Medium rareness.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 50gCalories: 139.8kcalCarbohydrates: 16.1gProtein: 2.5gFat: 9.3gSaturated Fat: 1.3gSodium: 1883.1mgFiber: 5.6gSugar: 7.8g
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