Steak Seasoning

September 12, 2018

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

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.

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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.

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Steak Seasoning Recipe

homemade steak seasoning

Steak Seasoning

4.5 from 6 votes
Prep Time : 5 mins
Total Time : 5 mins
Servings : 10 steaks



  • 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


  • 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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23 thoughts on “Steak Seasoning

  1. Would be 5 buts it’s SO salty. Either cut the salt to one tbs or add 50% more of everything else. My heart almost stopped /s

      1. Thank you for the rub receipt along with all the others that you have provided. All your efforts are most appreciated.
        Everyone should remember that these are starting points and should be adjusted to your liking!

    1. I would be willing to bet that those who say it is too salty used table salt and not kosher salt which is quite a bit less dense. If you use regular table salt you would cut in half or so.

  2. I did the same but substituted it with another seasoning and it wasn’t too salty. I also didn’t have heart burn when I used Mr binghams seasoning and added the other ingredients.

  3. My Wife loves the durkee kansas city steak seasoning, but cannot find it anywhere. Is this similar?

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