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Grilled Steak With Chili-Coffee Rub

Grilled Steak With Chili-Coffee Rub Recipe

There’s nothing quite like a well-cooked steak to make a hard day better. While we definitely enjoy all things steak, if you stick to the traditional ways of cooking this, you are missing out on a world of flavor possibilities. Steak, and beef in general, has a really unique flavor that allows for a ton of spice varieties to embed with the meat and always seems to make all of the ingredients taste better! For this dish, we took more of a restaurateur approach. The result is this chili-coffee steak, a strong and bold flavor combination that’ll impress any diner who’s willing to try something new.

For this dish to work, you’ll need an ingredient you may not use in cooking too often – ground coffee. You might be thinking, is coffee even Paleo? The simple answer is yes, so using this ingredient in cooking, baking, and as part of a morning routine is perfectly fine. Where there is a bit of debate is in the supposed health benefits of coffee – some maintain that the antioxidants of coffee provide a great justification for daily use; others feel these benefits are overstated. Our opinion? As with many things, use coffee in moderation, and spend the extra money on fair-trade beans. For the best flavor, buy whole beans and grind them immediately before using them.

Since the chili-coffee rub has such a strong flavor, try pairing this dish with a neutral side course of roasted vegetables (seasoned with just salt and pepper) or a simple salad. You can even try topping the steak with a delicious chimichurri sauce.

Grilled Steak With Chili-Coffee Rub Recipe

Serves: 4Prep: 20 minCook: 10 min

Protein: 38g / %

Carbs: 3g / %

Fat: 9g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 4 rib eye steaks;
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground coffee;
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder;
  • 1/2 tbsp. paprika;
  • 2 tsp. onion powder;
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder;
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper;
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger;
  • 1/4 tsp. ground coriander;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

Grilled Steak Preparation


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a bowl, combine the ground coffee, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, ground ginger, and ground coriander; season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  3. Generously season the steaks with the chili-coffee rub on both sides.
  4. Place the steaks on the grill and cook 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until desired doneness.
  5. Let the steaks rest 5-8 minutes before serving.
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