Host Hawa Hassan displays her finished Braii-Rubbed Ribeyes with Tomato Salad, as seen on Food Network Kitchen's Hawa at Home
Recipe courtesy of Hawa Hassan

Braai-Rubbed Rib-Eye Steaks with Tomato Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
In South Africa, Braai is both a cooking method (outdoors, over a fire) and the spice rub that goes on whatever you're cooking over that fire. While everyone makes their Braai spice rub a little differently, I've added smoked paprika to this one to replicate the smoky flavor of cooking over a fire even if you're indoors on a grill pan.



Tomato Salad:

Braai Spice Mix:


  1. For the steaks: Set the steaks on a plate and season all over with 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Rub the Braai Spice Mix on both sides of the steaks. Let sit at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Brush lightly with olive oil. Set the steaks in the skillet and cook undisturbed until well browned on the first side, about 2 minutes. Flip the steaks and cook until seared on the second side, about 2 minutes more. Lower the heat to medium and continue to cook until done to your liking, about 2 minutes more for medium rare. Remove the steaks to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes.
  3. For the tomato salad: Combine the tomatoes, parsley or cilantro, scallions and ginger in a medium bowl and toss to combine. Drizzle with the lime juice and olive oil and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss well.
  4. Thinly slice the steak against the grain. Serve with the tomato salad alongside.

Braai Spice Mix:

  1. Combine the coriander, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, allspice, cayenne and nutmeg in a small skillet. Toast over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted and aromatic, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool in the pan. Stir in the brown sugar. The spice mix will keep for several weeks in an airtight container in your pantry. Makes about 1/2 cup.