Smoky Espresso Steak Recipe
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Smoky Espresso Steak Recipe

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This juicy steak rubbed with espresso, cocoa and pumpkin pie spice is one of my husband’s favorites. We usually grill it, but broiling works in the chilly months. —Deborah Biggs, Omaha, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons smoked or regular paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound beef flat iron or top sirloin steak (3/4 inch thick)

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked beef: 216 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 661mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat.


  1. Preheat broiler. In a small bowl, mix the first seven ingredients; rub over both sides of steak. Place steak on a broiler pan; let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Broil steak 3-4 in. from heat 4-6 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°). Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Smoky Espresso Steak in Simple & Delicious February/March 2016

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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