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Tom's Espresso Ribeye from Valerie's Home Cooking book

Tom’s Espresso Ribeye

An easy and slightly unusual ribeye rubbed with espresso from Valerie Bertinelli.

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Makes: 4 Servings
Calories: 552 kcal
Author: Valerie Bertinelli


  • 1, 1 1/2- to 2-pound (680 g to 910 g) bone-in rib-eye steak (about 1 1/2 inches/4 cm thick)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons flaky sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup (36 g) instant espresso granules
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F/230°C. Rub both sides of the steak with 1/2 tablespoon of the oil, and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Stir together the espresso granules and the ancho chili powder. Rub both sides of the steak with the espresso mixture, pressing to adhere. Let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes.
  2. Place a large cast-iron skillet in the preheated oven until hot, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the hot skillet from the oven; add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and place over high 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 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.
  4. Return the skillet to the preheated oven, and bake until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 145°F/63°C, 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 about 10 minutes before slicing.



  • This is a very easy dish and it depends on a good piece of meat. Splurge and but the best you can afford. Don't forget to let the meat rest before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
Tom’s Espresso Ribeye
Amount Per Serving
Calories 552 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 461mg19%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 385IU8%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.