The Best Steak Seasoning Recipe: This easy homemade steak rub recipe combines the best herbs and spices for beef steak for that perfect steakhouse finish!

Overhead shot of steak on a white plate with fork and knife.

Why We Love This Best Steak Seasoning Recipe

Over the years we have used different steak seasonings with an endless list of herbs, marinades, dry rub blends, and seasoning mixes. Some store-bought and some homemade.

Although there is a time and place for beef marinades, I firmly believe that dry steak rubs are best for providing flavor and that perfect steakhouse taste and texture.

Our Best Steak Seasoning Recipe is a family favorite, with bold spicy notes, and a touch of tangy sweetness. It’s the perfect blend of salt, sweetness, robust herbs, smokey essence, spicy heat, and acidity.

Herbs and spices needed for steak seasoning in a small bowl.

Ingredients You Need

  • Sea salt – or any coarse salt
  • Brown sugar – helps to balance the flavors
  • Smoked paprika – for a slightly smoky flavor, use smoked paprika
  • Ground ancho chile pepper – or regular chili powder as a substitute
  • Dried thyme – for an herby addition, you can add a little rosemary too if you’d like
  • Black pepper – pepper and steak always go well together
  • Garlic powder & Onion powder – both provide a savory depth of flabor
  • Ground mustard – for a hint of mustard
  • Ground cumin – slightly spicy and floral

Together these pantry staples make the most amazing steak rub you will ever try!

Steak seasoning in a small bowl with a little spoon.

How To Use Steak Seasoning

If you rub the spices into the surface of the meat a few minutes before grilling, the seasoning has time to sneakily work its magic. This steak seasoning is the best because it gently infuses the interior of the beef with a mild level of flavor, so the rich beefy essence shines through. Plus, the exterior is left with a bold crusty texture that provides the perfect contrast to the luxurious center.

  1. Mix all of the herb and spice ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Either use the seasoning immediately or store in a small airtight container until ready to use. (This recipe makes enough to season 4 large steaks.)
  3. When ready to use, rub the seasoning over all sides of the steaks, and allow them to rest for at least 20 minutes before grilling or searing.

Tips & Tricks

  • Add some spice! If you like a little bit of spice in your food, you can add red pepper flakes or a dash of cayenne pepper!
  • Make it ahead! This seasoning can be made ahead or made in large batches and saved for later. That way you’ll always have the tastiest seasoning ready for any BBQ or steak night. Store the homemade spice blend in a jar or airtight container and place it in a cool dry place for up to 3 months.
  • Wrap it up and gift it! This is a great edible gift to share with friends. (Think summer party takeaways, Father’s Day or even holiday gifts!) It’s a thoughtful and flavorful gift that keeps on giving.
Grilled stead on a white plate with small bowl of steak seasoning in the background.

Serving Suggestions

Here are my favorite side dishes that go along with a fabulous steak!

The Best Potato Salad Recipe – Potatoes are a staple with any steak dinner. This is a fan-favorite recipe that is sure to please a crowd.

Roasted Cauliflower Rice – For a grain-free and healthier side dish, try this Roasted Cauliflower Rice!

Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe – Balance this hearty meal out with some broccoli. This recipe makes perfectly oven-roasted broccoli every time!

Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad – For a Mexican twist, make this super yummy Street Corn Salad! Perfect for summer barbeques.

Overhead shot of homemade steak rub in a small bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to season steak?

I get this question a lot, because I think that a lot of people are scared to season their steak incorrectly and mess it up! Since steak is generally more expensive than other cuts of meat, I totally get it. You can season steak with a lot of different spices and seasonings, or you can go simple with just salt and pepper (heavy on the pepper)! I really like this bold steak seasoning blend though, which will enhance the flavor of the steak without taking over!

What spices are in steak seasoning?

There are a lot of different steak seasoning options out there. If you typically use Montreal steak seasoning, it usually consists of garlic, coriander, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dill seed and salt. This steak seasoning differs a little bit and uses cumin instead of coriander, with the addition of bolder spices like paprika and chili powder!

Can I use steak seasoning on other proteins?

Absolutely! This best steak seasoning recipe is great on chicken wings, burgers, pork chops, pork tenderloin or even fish! I also like this flavor combo on vegetables. You can really use it for all your grilled proteins. Feel free to experiment with your steak seasoning, and let me know how it turns out in the comments below!

How do you grill a steak?

If you need help grilling your steaks, check out our post on how to judge meat temperature and 10 perfect steak toppings!

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Best Steak Seasoning Recipe

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
The Best Steak Seasoning Recipe: This easy, homemade steak rub recipe combines the best herbs and spices for beef steak for that perfect steakhouse finish!
Servings: 4



  • Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Either use immediately, or store in a small airtight container until ready to use. Makes enough to season 4 large steaks.
  • When ready to use, rub the seasoning over all sides of the steaks, and allow them to rest at least 20 minutes before grilling or searing.



Nutritional Information is for the steak seasoning itself, not including the steak or other protein.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 27kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 1748mg, Potassium: 68mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1145IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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