Pepper-and-Spice-Rubbed Rib Eye Steaks

Serving Size: 4
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To enhance the flavor of this rib eye, the spice-rubbed steak stands at room temperature for 1 hour before it's cooked to medium-rare.


  • 0.25 cup coarsely ground pepper
  • kosher salt
  • 2 1 1/4-pound, bone-in rib eye steaks
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1.5 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1.5 tsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil


  1. In a bowl, whisk together everything except the steaks, salt and oil. Rub 1 tablespoon of the spice mix on each side of the steaks and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Season the steaks with salt. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the steaks and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until medium-rare, 6 to 7 minutes per side. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut the steak off the bone, slice across the grain and serve.

Make Ahead: The spice rub can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

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Recipe Credit: Marc Forgione
Image Credit: Con Poulos