Arabica Spice Rubbed Flank Steak

We love this rub so much, we can’t see any reason to make a single batch. This recipe makes enough rub for 2-4 more meals: use it on salmon, swordfish, chicken or burgers.

Yield: 4-6 servings (makes 3/4 cup spice rub)


  • Rub:
  • 1/4 cup finely ground Arabica coffee, or other coffee
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chili
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Steak:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pound flank steak


  1. Combine the rub ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Transfer all but 3 tablespoons to a covered container for future use.
  2. Brush the oil over the steak; sprinkle both sides with the 3 tablespoons spice rub.
  3. Preheat nonstick grill pan over medium heat until hot. Add the flank steak and cook, turning once, 8-10 minutes for medium-rare. Transfer steak to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes before thinly slicing against the grain.
  • Yield: 4-6 servings (makes 3/4 cup spice rub)
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