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posted September 12, 2018

Steak Seasoning

This steak seasoning is perfect for taking your simple grilled steak to the next level! We all know salt and pepper is all a good steak really needs, but this homemade steak seasoning adds impact with garlic, onion, and herbs.

Homemade Steak Seasoning spilling out of a glass jar onto a wood cutting board.

How to Season Steak

The best way to season a steak depends a little bit on the type of steak you are grilling, as well as the level of seasoning you like on your meat. With a thicker cut of steak (1.5-2 inches) you can be pretty liberal with this seasoning and thoroughly cover the surface of the meat. That way, the seasoning really carries through each bite. In the video below, I was cooking a fairly thick tri-tip and you can see how much seasoning I used to cover the outside of the meat.

Remember, you can always add seasoning easier than you can remove it. Start with a light hand and don’t sprinkle too heavily at the beginning. I also recommend pressing the seasoning into the meat with the palm of your hand. This helps the seasoning adhere and you don’t lose as much when you’re moving it around on the grill. Avoid rubbing the seasoning in, as it tends to clump up and you’ll have strong bites of pepper or herbs instead of it being evenly distributed.

Steak seasoning on a spoon above a bowl of more steak seasoning.

Best Steak Seasoning

I think the best steak seasoning complements the flavor of meat, rather than overpowers it. This spice blend is mostly salt and pepper, the additional ingredients serve to add interest and balance to the steak. Garlic and onion powders are great savory elements in the rub and the smoked paprika makes any steak taste like it was cooked over an open fire. The herbs add just enough brightness to keep you coming back for more!

This seasoning is pretty simple to make and will last for months if sealed in an airtight container. I like to buy small glass jars that are easy to label and re-use.

If you want a more bold seasoning blend, try my homemade steak rub with a kick of cayenne and red pepper flakes (inspired by my dad) or my Montreal Steak seasoning for a combination of flavors that works well for beef, chicken, pork, you name it! Once your steaks are well seasoned, I recommend cooking your steaks using the Reverse Sear method. It yields perfect results every time.

Seasoned and grilled steak sliced on a wood cutting board.

Steak Seasoning Recipe

Homemade steak seasoning pouring out of an open glass spice jar onto a wooden cutting board.

Steak Seasoning

Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)
4.63 from 8 votes
Prep Time : 5 mins
Total Time : 5 mins
Servings : 10 steaks

Video

Ingredients
 

  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients for steak seasoning in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle liberally on beef steaks and roasts before grilling, searing, or roasting.
  • Store remaining steak seasoning in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
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