This Coffee Crusted Steak recipe is about to blow your mind. You’ll never want to make your steak without a crispy coffee crust again!

Coffee Crusted Steak Recipe

Coffee Crusted Steak

I cannot wait to share the incredible steak recipe with you guys! Goodness gracious, this was delicious. It starts with a simple, tried-and-true ribeye steak but it completely transforms into something purely magical with a simple coffee crust. It will totally send your tastebuds into overdrive!

You will love this steak if:

1. You don’t like coffee.
2. You don’t like black coffee.
3. You prefer your coffee with unmentionable amounts of cream and sugar.
4. You like the smell of coffee.
5. You do like coffee.
6. You seriously, really like coffee.

Now come on, let’s get started!

Coffee Crusted Steak Recipe

The ingredients are really simple. All you need is a little butter & olive oil, salt & pepper, your steaks and coffee. That’s it!

Coffee Crusted Steak Recipe

Pick out some well marbled, ribeye steaks and season both sides with salt, just as you normally would. I prefer kosher because of it’s flaky shape, it seems to stick to the meat better! :)

Coffee Crusted Steak Recipe

Fresh ground pepper too.

Coffee Crusted Steak Recipe

Now the coffee. I just grabbed some ground coffee off the shelf at the grocery store. Decaf for me, because I’m already high strung enough as it is. And hazelnut flavored because it’s absolutely delicious- with just a hint of sweetness.

Do try it with your favorite flavor and please report back!

Coffee Crusted Steak Recipe

How to Make This Special Steak

Give the steaks a good sprinkling with the coffee. Don’t be afraid!

Coffee Crusted Steak Recipe

Next, find yourself a nice, heavy-bottomed skillet (one that would make Sir Mix-A-Lot proud) and begin heating over medium heat. Add the butter and olive oil, and heat until the butter is just browned.

Coffee Crusted Steak Recipe

Then add one of the steaks. Oh my heavens, this smells incredible right now!

Coffee Crusted Steak Recipe

Cook for 3 mins on the first side, then flip and check after another 3 mins. The steaks were pretty small (1/2 lb each) so they were definitely done after 3 mins on each side.

Let the first steak rest on a plate covered with foil while you cook the second steak. You’ll want to let them rest for a few mins before digging in anyway! :)

Coffee Crusted Steak Recipe


This delicious steak could not be easier. Just check out the simple recipe below. You’ll love it! And it’s so interesting and fun to make for guests. Just imagine the reaction you’ll get from Coffee Crusted Steak! :)

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Coffee Crusted Steak

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


This Coffee Crusted Steak recipe is about to blow your mind. You’ll never want to make your steak without a crispy coffee crust again!



  • 2 (8 oz) ribeye steaks
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ground coffee (hazelnut)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter


Season steaks with salt & pepper, then cover with ground coffee. Place a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, add the butter and olive oil, and heat until the butter is just browned. Cook steaks for 3 mins on each side. Let rest on a plate covered with foil for 5-10 mins before serving. Enjoy!

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60 Responses
  1. Susan

    I’m also confused about what type of coffee since I don’t drink it!?!? Instant or the other, and do you use the grounds after you’ve already made coffee

    1. Amanda

      Hi Susan! You can use instant coffee or freshly ground coffee beans, but not the grounds after you’ve already made the coffee. Hope this helps!

  2. Janai

    This is recipe is awesome. I haven’t yet tried it, I have one question, does it matter if the coffee is not instant coffee or do you recommend instant?

  3. Michelle Ray

    Hi Kevin and Amanda I just came cross your website/blog just wanted say your recipes look good ,can’t wait to try some this week and thanks for the step by step photos , it really helps

  4. Joan

    Can’t believe I never thought of putting coffee on steak! I often put coffee in beef dishes such as pot roast or beef chili. It enhances the beef flavor and gives it a nice color. I think John’s suggestion of the brandy cream sauce sounds delightful!

  5. Hippie2MARS

    Unfortunately this did not go over well in my house. Neither my boyfriend nor I liked it at all. However, we don’t like coffee in the first place. This is the first recipe of yours that wasn’t a hit, and I have faith that the rest will be just as good as the others I’ve tried!

  6. Cynthia

    This is the first time I’ve ever made steak in my life. So good! My husband can’t stop praising me, as if I had something to do with it!

  7. Naomi B.

    I made something similiar to this. The recipe was Chilean and had a rum sauce to go over the steak. I would never believe a coffee rub, but it was unbelievable!!

  8. John

    When I pan sear steaks I deglaze the drippings with brandy and stir in some heavy cream to make a brandy cream sauce. may be a few peprcorns if I’m in the mood. with this I am going to try to add a dash of kahlua to give a bit of sweet and mocha flavor to the brandy cream.

  9. Bethany

    I’m definitely going to try this! I had an espresso-rubbed steak at the Back Inn Cafe in Chattanooga and it was incredible! I’m looking forward to replicating it at home.

  10. Emily

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I googled coffee encrusted steak tonight and your’s was the first to pop up. It was probably the best steak I have ever put in my mouth! I added a touch of paprika to both sides of the steak too. Absolutely delicious.

  11. Leslie

    I am not a coffee drinker, but we received a large shipment of Omaha steaks as a housewarming present… so I am going to give it a go – Will report back with results.

  12. DianeM

    I couldn’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve tried many recipes from your site, and loved them all, until this one. It was ok, just not for me. I’m still glad I tried it.
    Your “Red Beans and Rice”, and “Easy Homemade Ice Cream” recipes are still my favorites!

  13. Rachel

    ur pictures r amazing! u should really look into doing ur own cookbook! bravo and i love ur creativity and fearlessness :) keep it up will def be checking up for some new ideas thank u!

  14. MoreRecipes

    This is great! Usually I make a Saturday morning trip to Starbucks to pick up 1 or 2 of their 5 lbs bags of coffee grinds they throw out and I then use them on my lawn. It not only makes my lawn greener (probably the acid) it also smells like mocha. But, on a steak… I’ll surely give it a try!

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Kerry

    I made the coffee recipe recently and oh my goodness was it delicious!! I actually had the decaf hazelnut in my kitchen. I didn’t tell my husband or kids what it was made of because they hate coffee. Needless to say, everyone loved it and my kids, who are extremely picky eaters, demolished it! It was fun playing the guessing game of the secret ingredient when dinner was over and no one could believe it was coffee (they all thought it was pepper because of the coloring). The hazelnut gave it a wonderful subtle flavor…definitely a keeper!!!!

  16. cary

    Hey, there!

    These look really good, but just a quick question: How well done are the steaks after such a short cook time? (I’m really particular and like my steak incredibly well done)


  17. Ambrosia Clark

    This sounds so good Amanda! I’m curious, can you make this on the grill instead of stove top? Do you think it will turn out just as good?

    1. Ambrosia Clark

      I tried it on the grill. We used plain ol’ coffee…but all 4 of us agreed that we couldnt taste the coffee on it at all. And there was a ton of it on there! The steak was good, I think we were all just disappointed that the coffee flavor was no where to be found. Maybe the trick is in the melted butter you say to cook it in stove top! I’ll have to try again =]

  18. Dana

    I’m so glad I gave this a chance. My husband and I absolutely love it! My husband isn’t particularly fond of coffee, unless it has a lot of cream and sugar, but he loved this. The coffee just added a subtle flavor that only enhanced the steak. We will make it again!

  19. Ruthanne

    YUM! I just made this for dinner and my 3.5 year old ate almost a whole rib-eye by himself! It’s delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  20. Mindy Kammerdiener

    I was a little nervous to try this. Ribeyes aren’t cheap! But I took your word for it. You should have seen my husband’s face when he saw them cooking! He didn’t believe me when I said it was coffee. We really liked it! I marinated my steaks, though, with KC Masterpiece Steakhouse. I used French roast coffee, but I would have probably preferred House or Breakfast Blend. I will make these again!

  21. Cheryl Christian

    So do you use fresh unused coffee grounds or coffee grandules. It looks like the grounds in your pictures. Looks really good.

  22. Rita

    Oh my, this sounds like heaven! I am a Texan so steak is high on my list, but I had never thought about adding coffee. Off to try this tonight, must call husband to pick up steaks. :-) Rita

  23. Sherrie

    I am soooo cracking up reading your reasons why you should try this recipe. I have always loved yoru sense of humor. I am sooooooooo going to give it a try, I can’t wait ,thanks for sharing it !!!

  24. Kristi

    I can’t wait to make this for my hubbs! We are total carnivores and I’m always looking to spruce up our steak recipes so thank you Mrs. Amanda! :)

  25. Alberta

    This definitely sounds interesting. I love trying new things and this I have got to try…it’s just too good too be true. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Sheri

    Okay, I HATE coffee…so I’m gonna trust your comment that I’ll still love this recipe! I’m actually excited to try it; it sounds SO easy!

  27. PatriciaD

    Looks good, I’m gonna have to give it a try…doesn’t really sound like something I would have ever thought to do but I’ll try it!! Hahaha

  28. Sheila

    Amanda…..are you serious….Coffee??? Wow….I’m really not a coffee drinker but my hubster sure is and boy does he love steak, so I’m gonna trust ya on this one and try out your recipe and I’ll let you know when I do…if it’s thumbs up or down……thanks….I think?!?


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