Blissfully Delicious

Spanish Spice-Rubbed Steak

Adapted from Bobby Flay’s Grill It

We have had an unseasonably warm and sunny October. Since my appetite seems to follow the weather, I have been craving for delicious dishes off the grill. Whenever I mention this to Red, his first response is always: “What about some steaks then?” After five blissful years, I have finally learned the beauty of compromise and said “yes”. I figured I could use some variety from my go-to, turkey burgers. This steak reminds us of those delicious juicy, and boldly seasoned steaks that we enjoyed during our trip to Spain several years back. The seasoning is aggressive, so it’s not for the faint of heart. It is very flavorful and develops a nice thick crust. This steak definitely begs for a glass of Rioja. I used a flat-iron steak for ours since it was on sale :), but you can easily substitute for other steaks such as those mentioned below. We paired this steak with Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts, but it would also pair well with pan-fried or roasted potatoes and a simple salad. Have a great weekend everyone!

3 tbsp Spanish paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp ground fennel seeds
Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper
4 (12-ounce) boneless rib-eye or New York strip steaks or fillets mignons
2 tbsp olive oil

Whisk together the paprika, cumin, mustard, fennel, 2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp of pepper in a small bowl until combined.

Twenty minutes before grilling, remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let sit covered, at room temperature.

Heat your grill to high.

Brush the steaks on both sides with oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Rub 1 side of each steak with about 1 tbsp of the spice mixture. Place the steaks on the grill, rub side down, and let cook until golden brown and slightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the steaks over and continue grilling for 5-6 minutes for medium rare.

Remove the steaks to a cutting board or platter, tent loosely with foil, and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Yield: 4 servings


14 Responses to “Spanish Spice-Rubbed Steak”

  1. #
    Ali — October 14, 2011 at 2:40 am

    just the photo got me hungry, the grill looks amazing. I think the Spanish steak will be on my to make list this Sunday :)

    • h2babe — October 15th, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

      Sounds good Ali, let me know how it turns out :)

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    Yi @ Yi Resevation — October 15, 2011 at 8:27 am

    This is just exactly what I want to eat: a plate of tender and juicy sliced steak. Great picture!

    • h2babe — October 15th, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

      Thanks for the visit Yi, and the kind compliment!

  3. #
    Geni — October 15, 2011 at 8:34 am

    My husband would go crazy for this steak recipe. The crust does look perfect and the steak looks so juicy. YUM!

    • h2babe — October 15th, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

      Mine did too, so I am sure yours would love it :)

  4. #
    Pure Complex — October 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    This spiced rubbed steak looks amazing. I’m not a big steak eater but I definitely have to try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing this

    • h2babe — October 17th, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

      Thank you for the visit and comment :)

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    Mollie — October 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    This looks really wonderful and simple! I love how you post the most fancy looking foods, but are really quite simple recipes!

    • h2babe — October 16th, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

      Aaawww thanks Mollie :) I try to keep them pretty simple these days!!

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    Carrie — October 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

    What an awesome photo! Truly looks like a perfect meal. I will have to save it for when grilling season rolls around again :)

    • h2babe — October 17th, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

      Thanks Carrie! Def great for those summer days :)

  7. #
    Raymund — October 18, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Wow that steak is perfectly cooked, Yum.
    BTW thanks for visiting my Blog.


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