Espresso Minute Steaks - Delicious Decisions

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Minute steaks, thin cuts of round steak, actually take about a minute and a half to cook. Talk about fast! A coffee-based reduction adds boldness to the dish.

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Nutrition Facts

Espresso Minute Steaks - Delicious Decisions


158 Per Serving


26g Per Serving


0g Per Serving
Calories 158
Total Fat 5.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.5 g
Cholesterol 58 mg
Sodium 219 mg
Total Carbohydrate 1 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 26 g

Dietary Exchanges
3 lean meat


Servings  4  

  • 1/2 cup strong coffee OR
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules (dissolved in 1/2 cup water)
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (lowest sodium available)
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. canola or corn oil and 1 tsp. canola or corn oil
  • 4 minute steaks or thin round steaks (about 4 ounces each)
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped green onions, (optional)


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  1. In a small bowl, stir together the coffee, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook 2 steaks for 1 minute. Turn over. Cook for 30 seconds, or until barely pink in the center. Transfer to a platter. Cover to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and remaining steaks.
  3. Stir the coffee mixture into the pan drippings, scraping to dislodge any browned bits. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 3 minutes, or until the mixture is reduced to 2 tablespoons, stirring frequently. Pour over the beef. Sprinkle with the green onions.

Tip: Cooking the steaks in two batches ensures that they have more room and thus will brown, not stew.

American Heart Association Quick & Easy Cookbook, 2nd edition

American Heart Association Quick & Easy Cookbook, 2nd edition

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This recipe is reprinted with permission from American Heart Association Quick & Easy Cookbook, Second Edition, Copyright © 2012 by the American Heart Association. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc. Available from booksellers everywhere.