We started browsing for intelligent recipes for steaks. Most recipes will feature black pepper, mushroom etc. Being Asian, we love a robust flavour and juicy tenderness of the meat. For this spice mixture, chef Josef Centeno, of Baco Mercat in Los Angeles, was inspired by the coffee rub his father used to make for grilling steaks. Basting with butter before transferring the pan to the oven helps bloom the dried spices and adds irresistible flavour to the meat.
We’re definitely looking at the Best of Both Worlds – Coffee and Beef.
2 tablespoons Aleppo pepper
2 tablespoons finely ground coffee beans
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 400g boneless beef rib eye, preferably dry-aged, at room temperature for 1 hour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil, divided
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 garlic clove, lightly crushed
4 sprigs thyme
1 sprig rosemary
Flaky or coarse sea salt
- Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Transfer to an airtight container. DO AHEAD: Spice rub can be made 1 month ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 400°F (approx 200°C). Set a wire rack inside a large rimmed baking sheet. Season steak with kosher salt and 2 tablespoons spice rub, pressing onto all sides of meat and adding more spice rub by the teaspoonful if needed to coat entire surface.
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over high heat. When oil begins to shimmer, place steak in skillet (be sure to have fan on high; the rub creates some smoke). Sear steak for 1 minute (any longer and the rub will start to burn). Transfer steak to a plate and carefully drain fat from skillet.
- Wipe skillet clean with a paper towel. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in skillet and sear other side of steak for 1 minute. Add butter, garlic, and herbs to skillet; cook until butter is foamy. Carefully tip skillet and, using a large spoon, baste steak repeatedly with butter for 1 minute. Turn steak and baste other side for 1 minute.
- Pile herbs on top of steak, transfer skillet to oven, and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center of meat registers 125° for medium, 15-17 minutes.
- Transfer steak to prepared rack; let rest for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve.