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Cocoa Rubbed Steak with Chimichurri| brightrootskitchen.com

Cocoa Rubbed Steak with Chimichurri

This Cocoa Rubbed Steak with Chimichurri is perfectly crusted in a chocolate-y steak spice rub. It's crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside and cooks in less than 20 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword best steak rub, broiled steak, chimichurri, chimichurri recipe, cocoa steak, dry rub, grilled steak, meat rubs, spice rub, steak, steak marinade, steak rub, steak seasoning
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2


Cocoa Rubbed Steak

  • 1 8-10 oz steak I recommend NY strip steak or rib-eye
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbs smoked paprika
  • 1 tbs steak seasoning or seasoning mix I use Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute
  • 1 tbs sea salt, fine
  • 1 tsp black pepper I recommend freshly cracked pepper for texture

Chimichurri Sauce

  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar Traditionally red wine vinegar is used in chimichurri, but I like the tang of ACV
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Mix together all the dry spices and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Pat dry the steak with paper towels to remove residual moisture. Press each side of the steak into the cocoa spice rub. Tip: I like to cut the steak into 3-4 evenly sized chunks so that they cook faster than a whole steak.
  • Heat skillet to medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add 1 tsp of olive oil to it. Add steak to the hot pan and cook 3-5 minutes per side. Depending on how you like steak cooked, it may take longer. Refer to the blog post for the done-ness video guide. Once cooked to your liking, remove it from the pan and let the steak sit for at least 5 minutes before slicing (against the grain).
  • In a small bowl, whisk together all of the chimichurri ingredients. Drizzle over sliced steak. Enjoy!


  • Please refer to the blog post for steak cooking tips
  • Be sure to let the steak rest at least 5 minutes before slicing it
  • Be sure to slice the steak in the opposite direction of the grain
  • Traditionally red wine vinegar is used in chimichurri, but I like the tang of apple cider vinegar