Spicy Coffee Rub

I was going to post Jennifer Aniston’s Salad today (and I will) but I totally thought reader’s minds may be on Father’s Day, so I’m going to give you an easy Spicy Coffee Steak Rub instead. Whenever I think of what to cook for Father’s Day, my mind goes to steak, one of Zeke’s favorite meals. I’ve been using this steak rub of Ina Garten’s for years and while she recommends using it on New York Strips (my favorite steak) Zeke loves Filet Mignon, so that’s what I’ll be rubbing it on. I keep a batch on hand in the pantry for when I need it.

The good thing about this recipe is that you probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry, and, if you don’t, it is somewhat adaptable. I didn’t have chipotle chile powder, so used plain chile powder and, since I was out of brown sugar here in the Keys (what?), I used regular sugar. The other plus is, the more you let the rub sit on the steak, the more flavorful it will be, so you could rub it on the day before and let it sit overnight.

Add a baked potato, grilled asparagus (or other veggie), Caesar salad and your Dad’s favorite dessert (either homemade or purchased) and you’re good to go! Cooking at home is so much meaningful, intimate and less expensive than eating out on Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all fathers out there and if you’re not celebrating, this is still a good, easy steak rub to have in your back pocket of recipes.

Spicy Coffee Rub

Recipe by Ina GartenCourse: CondimentDifficulty: Easy
6 steaks






  • 2 TBL Kosher Salt

  • 1 TBL Freshly Ground Pepper

  • 1 tsp ground coffee

  • 1 tsp granulated garlic powder

  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder

  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper

  • 2 tsp light brown sugar


  • In a small bowl, combine all the above ingredients.
  • Pat steaks dry with paper towels and brush with olive oil.
  • Pat rub all over steaks, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

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  • Silicone brushes are easier to clean.

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Published by gleeguilford

Born and raised in Miami, the daughter of a pilot and stay-at-home Mom, I love food in all forms. My great grandfather opened the first Italian restaurant in Miami in the 20's, The Boathouse on the Miami river. I love exploring my heritage and linking food and recipes to personal stories. I've been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love and wrote restaurant reviews and news as the Miami Dining Examiner for three years. I love exploring Miami's latest hot spots, hole in the walls and institutions. I'm always looking for innovative ways to use the plethora of tropical fruits and vegetables South Florida offers, especially from my own garden.

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