Grilled Sirloin with a Coffee Bean-Peppercorn Crust

A double jolt of coffee comes from crushed beans in the crust and coffee in the vinaigrette—an eye-opening dish with tons of flavor. Make it a meal: Serve with grilled zucchini and summer squash.

Patsy Jamieson

Used by permission. (c) Eating Well, Inc.

Grilled Sirloin with a Coffee Bean-Peppercorn Crust

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    2 small cloves garlic 2 tablespoons whole coffee beans, (not flavored beans)
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
    2 tablespoons strong freshly brewed coffee 1 1-pound beef sirloin steak (about 1 inch thick), trimmed of fat
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
    Freshly ground black pepper to taste


    Prep: 25 min Total: 30 min (Quick)
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    • 1

      Prepare grill.

    • 2

      Smash and peel 1 of the garlic cloves. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and mash into a paste with a chef’s knife. Transfer to a small bowl and whisk in brewed coffee and vinegar. Season with ground pepper and set the vinaigrette aside.

    • 3

      Place coffee beans and peppercorns on a cutting board; coarsely crush with the bottom of a heavy pan. Mix the crushed coffee beans and peppercorns together and set aside.

    • 4

      Cut the remaining clove of garlic in half and rub the cut side over both sides of the steak. Rub oil over the surface and coat with the coffee-peppercorn mixture, pressing it into the meat.

    • 5

      Salt the steak and grill until it reaches desired doneness, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare.

    • 6

      Transfer the steak to a clean cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes before carving into thin slices across the grain. Fan the meat on plates and drizzle with the reserved vinaigrette. Makes 4 servings.

    nutritional information

    0 g
    6 g
    Saturated Fat:
    2 g
    2 g
    23 g
    119 mg
    Monounsaturated Fat:
    3 g
    3 lean meat
    42 g
    Carbohydrate Servings:
    301 mg
    Nutrition Bonus:
    Selenium (37% daily value), Zinc (28% dv).
    Added Sugars:
    0 g
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