Savory Recipes With Coffee
We love our coffee, there’s no doubt about that. Cooking with coffee is still a bit new to us. Until recently it never occurred to us that we cook add coffee to a recipe at home. Using coffee or coffee grounds can had a depth of flavor to a recipe that you can’t get from many other ingredients. In this post, we share our top recommendations for the best savory recipes for cooking with coffee.
And, if you are looking for fabulous coffee beans to brew at home, check out our post on the Best Espresso Beans.
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Savory Recipes With Coffee
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Sweet & Spicy Coffee Rubbed Smoked Chicken Recipe
If you've got a smoker, check out this sweet & spicy coffee-rubbed chicken recipe. It is one of the best smoked chicken recipes because of the savory and sweet flavor of the coffee that is added.
Coffee Rubbed Sirloin Tip Roast
This coffee rubbed sirloin tip roast is the perfect way to ‘WOW’ your family and friends during the holidays (or any other time of year!). Gently roasted and crusted with a hint of coffee, this sirloin tip roast is tender, juicy, and foolproof!
Dry-rubbed Ribs With Bourbon Spiked BBQ Sauce
These sticky dry-rubbed ribs with bourbon-spiked BBQ sauce are totally irresistible! Cook in the oven or throw them on the barbecue.
Coffee Crusted Steaks
Really great option for cooking up tender and juicy steak in a cast iron or carbon steel skillet. Sprinkle on the ground coffee to add a crunchy crust.
Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak
This coffee rubbed flank steak has such a smoky, rich, and delicious flavor. The combination of the flavors in the rub, married with the high heat on the grill or grill pan, creates an incredible flavor.
Grilled Coffee Balsamic Flank Steak
Coffee Balsamic Flank Steak has deep and rich flavors from a unique steak marinade. The flavors this seep in over many hours, making it a truly special dish, with rave reviews.
Coffee-Rubbed Lamb Chops with Pumpkin Cinnamon Polenta
Think lamb chops are for special occasions only? Think again! These Coffee-Rubbed Lamb Chops take just 5 minutes to cook and make an easy everyday meal alongside Pumpkin Cinnamon Polenta with a bourbon sauce.
Barbecue Salmon Tacos
These barbecue salmon tacos couldn't be easier! Rub salmon with a blend of spices and a secret ingredient, and stuff into a tortilla with a simple slaw!
Classic Chili For A Crowd
This classic recipe for chili for a crowd is the perfect option for a dinner party, pot luck, or a family meal. The flavor profile is updated with the addition of coffee, which adds a robust, rich flavor.
It may sound weird to put coffee in chili, but trust me it is a game changer. Mole is a spicy and deep combo with chocolate and in this case, a bit of coffee to give it even more depth.
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Japanese Chicken Curry
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Japanese Chicken Curry is comfort food. Packed with rich flavor, coffee and curry blocks enhance the flavor.
Root Beer Espresso BBQ Sauce
This Root Beer Espresso BBQ Sauce is the sauce you never knew you needed, but you’ll never go without again. It has such a great, full bodied flavor full of sugar and spice.
Homemade Coffee Steak Rub
A homemade coffee steak rub that can be added to all sorts of recipes - for steaks, chicken, fish, and more.
Easy Coffee Marinade Recipe
Easy Coffee Marinade recipe, a great marinade for beef or pork and can also be boiled down for a delicious coffee sauce for meat!
Do You Love Coffee As Much As We Do?
If you are looking to add coffee into recipes, that’s probably the case. Since moving to Spain we’ve become slightly addicted to making the perfect brew at home. We’ve done a lot of research on what that means. Check out these related posts all for coffee lovers like us:
Reviews of the Best Coffee Makers With Built-In Grinders
Reviews of the Best Coffee Makers For Under $100
Reviews of the Best Stovetop Italian Coffee Makers and tips for how to use one
Recommendations for Manual Coffee Grinders and how to use one
How to Use A Coffee Scale to make the perfect cup of coffee
How To Travel With A Portable Coffee Maker and recommended travel coffee makers
The Best Espresso Beans for Home Brewing
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Top Recipes With Coffee
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See our other recipe roundups for coffee lovers:
Drinks, Snacks, and Dessert Coffee Recipes For Coffee Lovers
FAQs – Cooking With Coffee
While most of us prefer our coffee hot and first thing in the morning, it is a highly versatile cooking ingredient. From marinades to baking, coffee can enhance a wide range of dishes. You can cook with coffee beans, ground coffee, or of course liquid coffee.
Coffee adds depth to dishes. Depending on how roasted the original coffee beans were, this depth of flavor is different. Acidic by nature, coffee is excellent for tenderizing meats, especially red meats.
Coffee has strong natural acidic levels. Acid acts as a tenderizer when applied to meat. Therefore, you can use coffee to tenderize meat prior to cooking. A general suggestion is to apply the coffee to room-temperature meat approximately one hour before cooking. This will ensure the meat is at its most tender.