Rum and Coffee Marinated Steak

Rum and Coffee pair so well together, this is in large part thanks to the acidity and fruitiness in coffee. The fruity flavours of both the coffee and many Rums play off of one another very well. While the acidity of the coffee helps to cut through and balance the caramel or honey flavours of Rum.

Marinating your steaks in a Rum and coffee mix before grilling them or adding them to the braai can only result in one thing, very happy taste buds! Round out this meal by adding in a few

roasted tomatoes and some grilled or braaied courgettes.


4 x 225g sirloin steaks

4 tbsp espresso or strong black coffee, cooled

3 tbsp rum

1 tbsp sunflower oil

1 tsp smoked paprika

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tbsp dark brown sugar

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

a pinch of chilli flakes

2 sprigs of rosemary, bashed and bruised to release their oils


Put the steaks and all the other ingredients in a sealable plastic bag and give the steaks a good massage to ensure the marinade ingredients are rubbed in. Leave to marinate for at least 1 hour, or better still, in the fridge overnight. If left overnight, allow the meat to come back up to room temperature before cooking.

On a braai, wait until the coals are glowing. If cooking indoors, heat a griddle pan until hot. Once the braai or pan is up to temperature, remove the steaks from their marinade and season well with salt. Cook for 3 minutes each side for medium; allow to rest for 6 minutes on a plate, under foil. Cut into thin slices and pour the resting juices over, and serve with roasted tomatoes and braaied courgettes.

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