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Recipe: Save your coffee grounds to make a great steak

Save coffee grounds by making a steak dry rub
Save coffee grounds by making a steak dry rub
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This dry rub consists of plenty of spices (and spiciness) with some medium roast coffee grounds. Consider making a rub yourself when you have extra coffee grounds to use. The recipe for the rub itself will certainly make more than enough for one large steak but the ratio is correct. Don't worry - the coffee smell does not overtake and rather, just gives a nice, flavorful char when cooked.


  • 1/4 cup coffee grounds
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • canola oil
  • kosher salt
  • 1.5-2 lb sirloin steak


  1. Cover steak completely with generous amounts of kosher salt to bring out tenderness.
  2. Combine all ingredients except for oil, salt, and steak.
  3. After ~20 minutest, rinse steak and pat dry.
  4. Rub the coffee dry rub all over.
  5. Cook/grill steak about 3 minutes per side for medium rare (depending on its thickness).
  6. Remove the steak from heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy.

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