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Coffee Crusted Flank Steak

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The ultimate fast, high protein dinner recipe, flank steak is rubbed with a coffee-infused dry spice mixture then grilled or broiled to juicy perfection. 

Broiled Flank Steak

There is no way around it: I am a meat lover. I physically crave protein, fat, and salt and know that’s what my body needs to fuel my intense daily workouts and busy days as a working mom of little ones.

Crushing Herbs for Steak Rub

While some people yearn for bread, carbs, and sugar, I dream of juicy steak, plump shrimp, and salmon sashimi. You show me a meat and cheese platter and I’m a happy girl.

Liz Slicing the Spice Rubbed Flank Steak

When it comes to serving high protein, low carb meals for my family, there is nothing quite like lean cuts of meat.

sliced flank steak with coffee crust

In fact, whenever I make flank steak I like to make extra to use throughout the week in sandwiches, salads, tacos, and more. Spoiler alert: I may have an idea for turning this beautiful steak into tacos – coming soon!

Frequently asked questions:

Can I cook steak on the stove and get the same taste as the grille?

Yes. If you don’t have a grill available you can broil in the oven on high heat for 4-5 minutes per side or until it reaches desired doneness.

Do you taste the coffee in the steak rub?

No. You hardly taste it.

Your fork is waiting.

sliced flank steak with coffee crust

Coffee Crusted Flank Steak

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Flank steak is rubbed with a coffee-infused dry spice mixture then grilled (or broiled) to juicy perfection. 
PREP: 5 mins
COOK: 15 mins
TOTAL: 20 mins
Servings: 4


  • 24 ounce flank steak
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (or two teaspoons ground)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (or 2 teaspoons Simple Truth Organic ground coriander)
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked parika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne


  • Toast cumin seeds and coriander seeds in a dry pan over medium heat until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Grind a spice grinder and then place in a medium bowl.
    Crushing Herbs for Steak Rub
  • Add the instant coffee, brown sugar and all remaining spices (garlic powder through cayenne) to the bowl and mix well.
  • Rub the flank steak evenly on both sides with dry rub; set aside and let come to room temperature.
  • Heat grill over medium-high heat and grill steak for 7 minutes on each side for medium rare. Remove from heat and let rest 10 minutes before slicing.


Serving: 1gCalories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 10.4gProtein: 31.4gFat: 8.4gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5.4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 926mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 6.8g

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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


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