Flank and Coffee

by zesty on January 22, 2010 · 16 comments

Ever feel a need to kick the flavor up a little? Well let’s just say this was a zesty first but I loved it. Flank steak marinated in coffee! This was a very flavorful piece of meat. Not only is it unique that I have never tried a sip of coffee in my life I actually loved this flank steak a lot. There definitely was a flavor of coffee but it was not overpowering. By marinating this cut of meat – it was almost like velvet in your mouth. Now don’t get me wrong – I honestly never tried velvet but I can imagine that it would be smooth and tender.

Marinating is a great way to flavor meats and break down the “tough” fibers and ensure tenderness. This process has been around for many years and it is proven. For some, it is a great way to buy less inexpensive meats and still have a great meal. On the meat side, a cut of meat like flank is all the rage because of it’s low fat content. However usually with a low fat content comes low flavor – that is where the marinating comes in to play.


Next time you are craving some beef – give this recipe a try.


  • 1 Flank steak – 1 ½ pounds
  • 1 Cup strong black coffee or espressos
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 Shallot finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp of brown sugar
  • ½ Tsp coarse salt
  • 1 Tsp ground black pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients but the steak, remove about ¼ cup of the  sauce to use later then add flank steak to the remaining marinade and marinate for at least 2 hours (can be up to next day).
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  3. Pat steak dry. Rub with small amount oil and grill until done basting frequently with the marinade, 3-6 min per side depending on thickness.
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  5. Rest at least 5 min before slice across grain. Rest is very important for this type of steak.
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  7. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: If not a grill is not available then  broil for the same amount of time.  You do not want to cook this passed medium for optimal flavor and texture.

Around the Blogsphere

Now I know some of you may be looking for a different type of steak so of course I am always on the look out for you.  I happen to have come across a few pretty fun looking pieces of steak.  Check this out when you have some free time.

So there you have it a fun post on steak with a great way to flavor it with coffee and some other great blogs that talk about steak.  I really hope you have a great weekend and let me know your thoughts on steak.

Take care


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1 Kate

Coffee is a perfect marinade for beef! I learned this by accident several years back when I was searing a flank steak on the stove and it got SUPER hot, smoking like crazy and I grabbed the nearest liquid to bring down the temp, which was the coffee pot. I thought I was nuts. But it was amazing. So amazing that I’ve used the same method (without the panic, obviously) on several more occasions with plenty of happy smiles and compliments.


2 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

I can’t wait to try this! I have a ton of coffee grounds that don’t work in my new coffeepot, and this would be perfect! Thanks Zest!


3 Sophie @ yumventures

Coffee and steak?! Two of my favorite things :)


4 Gena

Thanks, Z! I’ll make your portobello steak anytime :)


5 eatingRD

This looks interesting and yummy! I’ve put pumpkin pie spice on meat for a flavorful crust. Thanks for the links at the end. Mrs. Micah has been great, a few more things and it should be ready to go hopefully this weekend :)


6 brandi

we really need to try this. I’ve seen so many variations, and we are coffee FREAKS. I’m not sure why we haven’t made it yet :)

Happy Friday Zesty and fam!


7 kate

that marinade sounds genius! i love flank steak & always end up wanting to try recipes that call for it, but i have such a hard time finding it. any suggestions for substituting it?


8 ZestyCook

@Kate – You can substitute with really any choise you want Kate. I like to stick with the leaner cuts but you can even try this on a filet or rib eye.


9 SippitySup

I feel so honored you called out my steak post like this. You are a gentleman! Thanks… GREG


10 Jessie @ thehappinessinhealth

Wow, this recipe is making my mouth water (the juicy food photography definitely helps :) )! I’ll definitely have to try this. My husband and I make a mango flank steak where the flank is marinated in pureed mango and spices. Definitely softens the meat. Sliced medium-rare over salads with more mango — mmm-MMM!

Thanks for a great recipe!


11 DailyChef

Wow – I love steak, and I love coffee! Match made in heaven. I don’t think I’ve ever had this before…So excited!


12 Aggie

I had a coffee rubbed steak once at Mesa Grill in LV…it was awesome! I just love how coffee adds flavor…your flank steak looks delicious, my favorite cut of steak! :)

Thanks for the link love!!


13 Jenn (j3nn.net)

That’s a very unique marinade. I’m really bad about marinading my meats and steak — I hardly ever do it, but really should start getting in the habit. :)



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