Homemade Steak Rub Recipe

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Looking for the best steak rub recipe ever? Look no further! My Homemade Steak Rub is the perfect combination of savory and delicious to add a tasty kick to your steak. This is a great steak rub for grilling steak, meatballs and even meatloaf. Homemade steak rub is a perfect way to add flavor when you are looking for something a little different.

two-image collage of homemade steak rub in a jar on a wood cutting board and ribeye steaks on the grill.

Steak Dry Rub

I’ve grilled up my fair share of steaks, and I’ve always relied pretty heavily on the culinary magic of others to flavor my meats. I’m not opposed to a simple salt and pepper rub when the steak is a good cut, but I do love a good seasoning to mix up the flavors and add some extra love.

Having never ventured into the land of dry rubs before I started BBQing I was pretty unaware how much the right blend of spices and herbs can change the entire flavor of a dish. My homemade steak rub is the result of my journey over the last couple of years. This rub has been tweaked and changed here and there to get the perfect ratios and ingredient amounts. After much trial and error, this steak rub is finally practically perfect.

Ingredients in small bowls arranged on a wood cutting board.

Best Steak Rub

This rub is a serious favorite as far as a good, solid steak rub. It truly is the best steak rub around. It is savory, just a hint spicy, and has a peppery warmth that really complements beef. I do love this rub on a well marbled rib eye, but it is also pretty awesome on burgers or mixed into meatballs or meatloaf. Even though it’s called a steak rub, feel free to use this on just about any beef you’re grilling or smoking.

This steak rub begins with a salt and pepper base and grows the flavor from there. Crushed red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper add some heat. Next the paprika, crushed coriander seeds, garlic powder, and onion powder round out the flavor to make this steak rub the best of the best.

homemade steak rub in a spoon above a white bowl full of more seasoning on a wood cutting board.

Steak Rub For Grilling

To make this steak rub in preparation for grilling, simple combine all ingredients in a small bowl, using a fork or whisk to mix well and break up any clumps. You can use this rub immediately, or store in a sealed glass jar for several weeks.

This steak rub also makes great gifts. I like to double or even triple the recipe and give it away to family and friends. This particular batch went to my own Dad as a Father’s Day gift (my sister gave him a package of beautiful steaks) and it was a hit! This steak rub is also great as neighbor gifts at Christmas, a “welcome to the neighborhood” or housewarming present, or just a kind gesture to a friend that loves food!

Homemade steak rub in a glass jar with silver lid tied with black and white ribbon and gift tag on a wood cutting board.

More Rub Recipes

Using a good rub on meat can make all the difference in the final flavor of your cook. Whether you’re grilling up pork, chicken, or beef, check out these other tasty rub recipes from Hey Grill Hey:

Best Sweet Rub for Pork and Chicken
Best Dry Rub for Ribs
Brisket Rub

two ribeye steaks on grill.

Steak Rub Recipe

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Homemade Steak Rub

5 from 2 votes
This rub is savory, just a hint spicy, and has a peppery warmth that really complements beef. Lasts for weeks stored in an airtight container.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes


  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed coriander seeds (not ground)
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well to combine. Press into steaks or use as desired. Store unused rub in an airtight container for several weeks.


Calories: 13kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 916IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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**This post was originally published June 2015. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.

Steak Rub Recipe



Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. Debbie says:

    My go to seasoning for steaks. Also, recently rubbed it on a tri-tip and cooked it on my pellet smoker. Added a basic mop with olive oil, red wine and garlic. Delicious meal to serve for guests. Now made a double batch and sealed in little mason jars to give as gifts.

  2. Mary says:

    I don’t like meatloaf but I LOVE this one

  3. Catherine says:

    I couldn’t find coriander seeds. How much ground coriander would you substitute or just leave it out?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      You can substitute 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander for every 1 teaspoon of whole seed. So this recipe would need 3/4 tablespoon or so of ground!

  4. Troy says:

    I am making burger patties in advance to freeze for the summer… think this rub would be ok to add to the ground beef before freeze? If so, how much rub per pound?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Oh yeah! My suggestion would be to just season liberally!

  5. Cathy says:

    We used this for our steaks this evening and my gosh, it was awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Robert Anderson says:

    Great recipe! I would only add a bit of finely ground coffee (I use Turkish grind), preferably a very dark roast. Adds a bit of additional body to it.

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Great tip!!

    2. Paul says:

      How much do you add? 1 tsp?

  7. RC says:

    Is the coriander amount a tbsp or tsp?

    1. Hey Grill says:

      Tablespoon of coriander seeds. Sorry I didn’t notice those letters swapped! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

      1. Sheila says:

        Is it a tablespoon of seeds before or after you crush them???

        1. Hey Grill Hey says:

          After they have been crushed.

  8. Rick Barber says:

    Hey Susie. What kind of paprika do you like in your streak rub?


    1. Hey Grill says:

      Usually a smoked paprika.