Living Well: Coffee Rub Flank Steak

Published 01/13 2014 05:19PM

Updated 01/13 2014 05:24PM

Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak with Onions and Peppers
Yield: 4 servings

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 each flank steak
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • Juice of 1/2 lime


Combine 2 tablespoons brown sugar, the coffee, cocoa powder, mustard powder, cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl; rub the mixture between your fingers until fine. Season the steak with salt, then generously rub with the coffee-spice mixture.

Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sear the steak, 3 to 6 minutes per side for medium rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest; reserve the juices in the skillet.

Add the remaining 1 teaspoon brown sugar and the onion to the skillet. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and golden, about 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper and 1/4 cup water; cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Slice the steak against the grain. Divide the steak, bell pepper, onion and the juices from the skillet among plates.


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