Espresso-Crusted Ribeye as seen on Valerie's Home Cooking, Season 9.
Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Tom's Espresso Rib-Eye

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min (includes standing and resting times)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 2 servings



  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Rub both sides of the steak with 1/2 tablespoon oil, and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Stir together the espresso granules and ancho chile powder in a small bowl. Rub both sides of the steak with the espresso mixture, pressing to adhere. Let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  3. Place a large cast-iron skillet in the preheated oven until hot, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the hot skillet from the oven; add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and place over high heat on the stovetop. Add the steak to the skillet and cook, undisturbed, until a crust has formed, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Flip the steak and cook, undisturbed, for another 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Using tongs, hold the steak upright to brown the edges and cook, turning occasionally, until the edges are browned, about 6 minutes.
  5. Return the skillet to the oven and bake until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 145 degrees F, 6 to 8 minutes for medium-rare, or to the desired degree of doneness. Remove the steak from the skillet; top with the butter and let rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.