Rub the steaks with cumin, pepper, and salt, and let them rest; this allows the flavors to penetrate. The spice rub also helps the steaks develop a tasty charred crust.



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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook the cumin and peppercorns in a dry small skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, until fragrant and slightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes; let cool. Finely grind in a spice grinder; stir into salt.

  • Rub 3/4 teaspoon spice mixture over each side of each steak. Let steaks stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

  • Preheat a grill to medium-high (if using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 3 to 4 seconds). Grill steaks, turning once, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Serve with salsa.

Cook's Notes

Use any leftover spices on vegetables.