Coffee and Smoked Paprika-Rubbed Steak with Buttermilk Dressing


Perk up your homemade steak rub with a spoonful of espresso powder. Alongside smoked paprika, garlic powder, and brown sugar, the seasoning blend is how to make steak that stands out from the rest of the grilling line-up.

Coffee and Smoked Paprika-Rubbed Steak with Buttermilk Dressing
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Broil Time:
17 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 47 mins


  • 1 1 pound beef flank steak

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder

  • ¾ teaspoon sweet smoked paprika*

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 16 cherry tomatoes

  • 12 - 16 fresh whole mushrooms

  • 1 recipe Buttermilk Dressing


  1. Trim fat from steak. Score both sides of steak in a diamond pattern by making shallow diagonal cuts at 1-inch intervals. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, espresso powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle evenly over both sides of steak; rub in with your fingers.

  2. In a large saucepan bring a large amount of water to boiling. Add zucchini to boiling water; cook for 2 minutes. Drain zucchini. Thread tomatoes, mushrooms, and zucchini onto eight skewers.** Cover and chill both steak and skewers for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

  3. Preheat broiler. Place steak on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat for 17 to 21 minutes or until medium doneness (160°F), turning once. Add skewers to the broiler pan for the last 7 to 8 minutes of broiling or just until vegetables are tender, turning once. Transfer steak to a cutting board. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  4. Thinly slice steak across the grain. Serve steak with vegetables and Buttermilk Dressing.


If you can't find smoked paprika, use 1 teaspoon regular paprika and 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin instead.


If using wooden skewers, soak in enough water to cover for 30 minutes; drain before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
11g Fat
12g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 535mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 18.3mg 92%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Potassium 894mg 19%
Folate, total 48.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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