Coffee Crusted Steak doesn’t taste like coffee! But it does add an amazing rich flavour!
This recipe was created in partnership with Bertolli.
Oh my goodness, this steak!!
When I was first introduced to coffee-crusted steak about a year ago, it totally confused me. I mean, are you supposed to taste the coffee? Should I use old coffee grounds? Am I supposed to wash them off before cooking the steak (after all, the grounds are the bit you’re supposed to throw away right!), should I be using instant coffee?
So here are the answers to those questions:
- Use fresh, finely ground coffee
- Yes, the coffee grounds are supposed to stay on the meat – you eat them (but they’re not gritty or overpowering – honest!)
- Definitely don’t use instant coffee!
Also, mix those coffee grounds with spices and you’ll have the most tasty coating ever!
Often when cooking regular steak, I find it best to rub oil on the meat before frying. However you can’t really do that with a coated steak, so instead I melted Bertolli Butter & Olive oil on my griddle and fried the steaks in that.
The olive oil in the butter means you can cook the butter – even at high temperatures, without risk of it burning. So you get the benefits of the olive oil, whilst also ensuring a richer flavour – due to the butter.
It worked so well, I did the same thing when griddling the vegetables too!
The steak is served on a bed of herby bulgur wheat, along with griddled peppers, onions and caramelized grapefruit (so good!! The acidity of the grapefruit works really well with the richness of the meat). I also made some spiced garlic butter (using the Bertoll Butter & Olive Oil again) to top the steak. The butter melts into the steak and flavours the bulgur wheat – totally moreish!
I’d normally save steak for a weekend meal, but the whole meal only takes around 30 minutes to prepare, so this was our Tuesday night treat. Cutting the meat into slices, means that in theory, two steaks will feed four people. Fortunately for us, Lewis was away on a school trip, so we only had to share the steak between three of us 🙂
- 1 packed tbsp finely ground coffee (not instant coffee)
- 1 tbsp light brown muscovado sugar
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 2 fillet steaks, taken out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before cooking (you can replace with ribeye or your favourite frying steak)
- 2 tbsp Bertolli with Butter & Olive Oil
- Herby bulgur wheat:
- 200g (1 cup) bulgur wheat
- 2 stock cubes (vegetable or chicken), crumbled
- Small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
- 3 sprigs fresh mint, finely chopped
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
- Spiced Butter:
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 10 sprigs parsley, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
- Zest of 1 lime
- 6 tbsp Bertolli with Butter & Olive Oil, slightly softened
- 1 tbsp Bertolli with Butter & Olive Oil
- 1 green bell pepper, de-seeded and sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, de-seeded and sliced
- 1 red onion, peeled and sliced
- 1 ruby grapefruit, skin removed, sliced into 1cm slices
- 1 tbsp soft brown muscovado sugar
- 8 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
- 4 radishes, thinly sliced
- Preheat your griddle or frying pan on a high heat.
- Place the coffee, sugar, cumin, thyme, paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder on a plate. Mix together. Place the steaks on the plate and cover on both sides with the spice mix.
- Melt the butter on the griddle and add the steaks. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, depending on how well-cooked you like your steaks. I had quite thick steaks, so I cooked for 3½ minutes each side for medium rare. Once cooked, place on a board to rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Whilst the steaks are cooking, make the bulgur wheat. Place the bulgur wheat in saucepan with the crumbled stock cubes, top with boiling water, so the water comes to approx 1 inch over the top of the bulgur wheat. Stir, bring back to the boil, then simmer for 8-10 minutes until tender. Drain any excess water off. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then stir through the parsley, mint and thyme.
- Now make the butter. Add all of the ingredients for the spiced butter together and mix until well combined. Place in the fridge for a couple of minutes to chill whilst you finish off the rest of the dish.
- Melt the remaining 1 tbsp of butter on the griddle (or in a pan) on a high heat. Add the peppers (green and yellow) and the red onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until lightly charred. Remove from the heat.
- Dust the grapefruit in the brown sugar and place the grapefruit on the hot griddle. Cook for 1 minute on each side until lightly charred. Remove from the heat.
- Now it's time to assemble. Divide the herby bulgur wheat between four bowls. Top with the peppers, onions, grapefruit, tomatoes and radish slices.
- Slice the steaks into ¼ inch slices and arrange on the bowls. Place 1 tbsp of the herby butter on top of each of the pile of steak slices.
- Serve with extra butter.