Coffee-rubbed Ribeye with Jalapeño Butter

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I’ve seen recipes for steaks rubbed with coffee about a hundred times, but the ones I’ve seen call for using instant coffee, which is a thing I never ever keep in the kitchen (nor do I really want to). I dared myself to try it with some plain ol’ ground coffee and whaddaya know? It works! Rubbing steaks with coffee adds a deep, roasted flavor without the use of an outdoor grill — though if you cook it right, you’ll still likely set off your smoke alarm.

These steaks with a coffee and chili powder rub are fantastic on their own if you’d rather keep it simple, but this jalapeño butter adds a bright, sweet note. Plus, jalapeño butter is completely amazing spread onto toast or jalapeño cornbread if you happen to have some around. Serve these yumyum steaks with steak fries, or some roasted asparagus.

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Coffee-rubbed Ribeyes with Jalapeño butter recipe


Coffee-rubbed steaks

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 1 pound beef steak, about 1″ thick (ribeye is my preference)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coffee or instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Jalapeño butter
  • lime wedges for serving


  1. Combine dry seasonings and rub into steak on both sides.
  2. Heat a heavy skillet over high heat. Add steak. Reduce heat to medium. Cook 8 minutes. Turn. Cook an additional 6-9 minutes depending on preference. Remove from skillet and let rest on cutting board for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Serve topped with jalapeño butter and a squeeze of lime juice.

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  1. Gary on March 24, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve been doing these for a couple of years now and love the flavor.

  2. Rick on March 31, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Hey Hilah. I’ve been doing this for quite a while with one difference. I let my cast iron skillet heat on high for about 10 minutes before putting the steak in. I put a dab of butter in the skillet and immediately slam the steak down on top of the butter. Two minutes later (no longer) I flip the steak using another dab of butter. Remove after 1½ minutes and let the steak rest for 5-10 minutes.

    One thing else… I have a JennAir range that has an exhaust fan right next to the skillet. You NEED that feature or you’ll set off every smoke alarm in your house!!!

    • Hilah on March 31, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      That sounds great, Rick! I need a stove like that for sure. Can’t wait til we have our own house and I can get all the fancy appliances 🙂

  3. Rach's Recipes on April 11, 2016 at 12:01 am

    I love coffee rubbed steak! I add some paprika, brown sugar, ground coriander, and ancho chili powder into my seasoning mix too, highly recommended. Thank you for sharing your recipe and I will definitely try your version.

  4. Susan on April 11, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Holy cow! This was beyond amazing and so easy. I used a strip steak instead of a rib eye and it was super tasty. My husband practically had tears in his eyes from how good it was. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    • Hilah on April 12, 2016 at 9:37 am

      So glad to hear, Susan!

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