Thursday, January 6, 2011

Spice-Rubbed Steaks with Spinach

The combination of spices in this rub is very flavorful. The cayenne offers a bit of a kick, but I would consider it subtle. Although the recipe calls for grilling in a skillet, I used my stovetop griddle, set to 425 degrees, so I could cook all of the steaks at once. Either way, they develop a really nice crust which seals in the juices. I also let my steaks rest for about 5 minutes before serving. The spinach is a nice accompaniment, and again, the cayenne is very subtle. To speed up the prep, use bottled minced garlic. And remember to use grass-fed beef, whenever possible.

Serves 4.

Adapted from Food&Wine Magazine's 2002 Cookbook.

1 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, divided
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 Delmonico or boneless ribeye steaks (about 2 1/4 pounds total)
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
10 oz fresh baby spinach


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1 tsp of the cayenne pepper with the next 5 ingredients (through cardamom).  Add 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1 1/2 tsp pepper. Sprinkle the spice mixture on both sides of the steaks, patting it into the meat. Let steak sit at room temperature while preparing the spinach.
  2. In a large heavy skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter in 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add the chopped garlic and remaining 1/4 tsp cayenne and cook over medium heat, stirring for 2 minutes. Add the baby spinach to the skillet and cook, turning, until the spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes. Season the spinach with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving plate to keep warm.
  3. Wipe out the skillet and melt the remaining 1 Tbsp butter in the remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add the steaks to the skillet and cook them over high heat for about 3 minutes per side for medium rare.
  4. Remove steaks from heat and let them rest for 3 - 5 minutes. Set the steaks on the wilted spinach. Serve immediately.


  1. Melt in your mouth, delicious!!!

  2. Thanks, Kim! Sometimes the simplest foods are the best!

  3. Ditto to what Kim said! Amazing!


    1. So glad you liked it, Sarah! Thanks for letting me know. :-)