Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Steak


Surprisingly delicious fusion of coffee and cinnamon. Garnish steaks with whole coffee beans and whole cinnamon sticks.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
2 servings


  • ¼ cup finely ground espresso beans

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (6 ounce) beef tenderloin steaks

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  1. Sift ground espresso beans, brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl. Generously coat all sides of each steak with espresso mixture. Place steaks on a plate and refrigerate for flavors to blend, about 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat; add canola oil. Place steaks in the hot oil and cook until bottom of each steak is browned, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Flip steaks and place skillet in the preheated oven.

  4. Cook the steaks in the preheated oven to your desired degree of doneness, 4 to 5 minutes for medium-rare. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 140 degrees F (60 degrees C). Cover skillet with a tented piece of aluminum foil and let steaks rest for at least 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Ground strong coffee beans can be used in place of espresso beans, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

522 Calories
26g Fat
23g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 522
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 107mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 47g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 779mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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