Grilled Skirt Steaks With Kona Coffee Rub

Grilled Skirt Steaks with Kona Coffee Rub

Hawaii is the only U.S. state with the weather and topography suitable for growing coffee, and while Kona is the best known, every island has its own crop. You may be surprised to find that ground coffee is also the base for an interesting and very tasty steak rub. Serve this with a simple side dish, such as Asparagus with Oyster Sauce so you can really savor the spicy flavor of the steak.

For more island-inspired recipes, be sure to check out our Flavors of Aloha Cookbook.

Serves 4-6


1 1/2 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. finely ground Kona coffee
1 tbsp. sweet paprika, preferably Spanish or Hungarian
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper


  • Whisk the seasonings and coffee together in a small bowl.


  • 2 1/2 lbs. (1.2kg) skirt steaks, cut into serving pieces
  • Extra-virgin olive oil


  • Lightly coat the steaks on both sides with the oil. Generously sprinkle the steaks all over with the rub and gently massage it in. Let the steaks stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Prepare a grill for direct cooking over high heat.
  • Brush the grill grate clean. Cook the steaks over direct high heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, flipping the steaks halfway through cooking, until well browned, for about 6 minutes for medium-rare.
  • Transfer the steaks to a carving board and let stand for 3 to 5 minutes. With the knife held on a slight diagonal, carve the steaks across the grain. Transfer the slices and juices to a platter and serve hot.