Gabe's Coffee-Crusted Hanger Steak with Apple, Fennel, and Herb Salad


This smoky, sweet, spicy rub adds amazing flavor and color to just about any type of steak or pork tenderloin – and is great for grilling and pan-searing. To save time, make the rub ahead of time and store in an airtight container until ready to use. This recipe was made in a Panasonic CIO and appears on an episode of the Dinner Spinner TV Show on The CW!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
9 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
44 mins
4 servings


Coffee Chile Spice Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds

  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds

  • ¼ cup finely ground dark roast coffee beans

  • ¼ cup ground ancho chile pepper

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 2 ½ tablespoons kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons hot smoked paprika

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes


  • 1 pound hanger steak

  • salt to taste

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 4 shallots, halved

  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut in small pieces

Salad Dressing:

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • 1 bulb fennel, halved

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • ½ apple, cut into matchstick-size pieces

  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, or to taste

  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds

  • 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts


  1. Cook and stir fennel seeds, cumin seeds, and coriander seeds in a skillet over medium-high heat until toasted and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder or food processor; add coffee, ancho chile pepper, brown sugar, kosher salt, paprika, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Grind until spice rub is a medium-coarse texture.

  2. Break steak down into 4-ounce pieces. Lightly score steak 1/2-inch x 1/2-inch and season with salt. Rub steak with spice rub. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high. Pack spice rub onto all sides of the steak and place in the hot cast iron skillet; drizzle about 1 teaspoon olive oil over steak.

  3. Cook steak in the cast iron skillet until well browned, about 4 minutes. Flip and scatter shallots, smashed garlic, thyme, and butter around steak. Cook steak until desired doneness is reached, 4 to 5 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 140 degrees F (60 degrees C). Let steak rest for 5 minutes; cut into thin slices.

  4. Whisk juice of 1 lemon, lemon zest, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl until dressing is evenly mixed.

  5. Thinly shave fennel and toss with juice from 1/2 lemon (to preserve color) in a bowl. Add apple, mint, parsley, and cilantro. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss gently; season with salt and pepper. Arrange steak slices on top of salad and scatter roasted shallots, pomegranate seeds, and hazelnuts on top.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of rub. The actual amount of rub consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

413 Calories
17g Fat
54g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 413
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 3782mg 164%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 12g 44%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 78mg 390%
Calcium 246mg 19%
Iron 10mg 56%
Potassium 1324mg 28%

* 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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