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This bright and fresh chimichurri is used twice: as a sauce for the steak and as a dressing for the accompanying herb salad. Slideshow: Sensational Steak Recipes 

June 2013


Credit: © Marcus Nilsson

Recipe Summary

50 mins
1 hr 30 mins




Make the Chimichurri
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the vinegars with the olive oil and sugar. Stir in the shallot, parsley, cilantro, chives and oregano and season with salt and pepper. Let the chimichurri stand for at least 20 minutes and for up to 2 hours.

Meanwhile, Prepare the Steak
  • In a small bowl, mix the ground coffee with the chile powder, brown sugar, paprika, cumin and salt. Pat the steaks all over with the coffee-chile rub and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  • Light a grill or preheat a grill pan; oil the grates or pan. Grill the steaks over moderate heat, turning once, until they’re nicely charred outside and medium-rare within, 11 to 13 minutes. Transfer to a platter and let rest for 10 minutes.

Make the Salad
  • In a large bowl, toss the cilantro, parsley, chives and shallot. Add 3 tablespoons of the chimichurri, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat the herbs.

  • Thinly slice the steaks and arrange on the platter; spoon some of the chimichurri on the meat. Serve with the herb salad. Pass the remaining chimichurri on the side.

Make Ahead

The chimichurri sauce can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Suggested Pairing

There’s a reason Argentineans drink Malbec with steaks, and it’s not just because they make a lot of it. The full-bodied, concentrated and oftentimes coffee-scented or berry-rich wine is perfect with grilled meat.