Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Tiziana Agnello
Hands-on Time
26 Mins
Total Time
26 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 3 ounces steak and 1/4 cup salsa)

Serve with Herbed Corn Muffins and Quick Chilled Pea Soup.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat grill to high heat.

Step 2

Place first 6 ingredients in a bowl; gently stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

Step 3

Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, cumin, and next 4 ingredients (through cinnamon) in a bowl; rub spice mixture over both sides of steaks. Place steaks on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 5 minutes; cut across the grain into thin slices. Serve with salsa.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Laurie18's Review

June 02, 2013
Frantastic recipe and the next day I used the rest of my rub that my son wouldn't have on his steak on a hamburger topped with the rest of the salsa. This was so good I was craving it because it was the right amount of heat and I would make this again.

Awygant's Review

April 21, 2013
Fantastic recipe! Loved by all my dinner guests including a 5yr old and 4yr old. I used a flat iron steak instead of a new york and it was just as great if not better for a dinner party!

JLBrooks321's Review

August 06, 2014
Really, really, really good recipe. I don't normally cook steak because I'm not very comfortable with the grill, but my manfriend grilled this right up and it came out beautifully. The smokiness of the rub combined with the acidity of the salsa is perfect. Bravo, CL!

bellymama's Review

July 15, 2013
Delicious! We used a beautiful grass-fed New York strip steak and it was absolutely amazing. I'm not sure that I've ever had cinnamon on a steak before, but it was great. We had the steak/salsa with rice and black beans and a spicy shiraz. We will be making this again.

erikisst's Review

June 22, 2013
Absolutely fantastic! Didn't want to spend the money on a strip so used top sirloin instead (which was on sale) and it worked perfect! BF and I ate up like someone was going to steal it from us. It was so quick and easy and is being added in to the weeknight rotation.

daneanp's Review

May 04, 2013
Very tasty with just the right amount of heat. This cut of meat isn't our favorite. Next time we'll go with tenderloins.

laebrown's Review

April 07, 2014
Pretty tasty rub, amazing avocado salsa. The cinnamon didn't really blow my mind, though. We used a cheaper cut of meat and everything worked out fine. If using cast iron for grilling, add olive oil to the rub so you don't have to grease your skillet/iron. Served with corn and black beans - made for a hearty, fresh, and flavorful meal that I would definitely make again in the future.

BarbaraOK's Review

March 24, 2013

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January 18, 2015

sukeedog's Review

September 21, 2013