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Homemade Steak Seasoning
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Homemade Steak Seasoning Recipe

Using a seasoning or rub on your meats is one of the easiest ways to get a lot of flavor into your food without a lot of extra effort. All you have to do is just sprinkle on the seasoning and leave it on throughout the processes of resting, cooking, and even eating.

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Steak Seasoning
Servings: 1
Calories: 6.4kcal


  • ​2


    Kosher salt or 1 tablespoon of table salt

  • 1

    Tablespoon Coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder

  • 1 Tablespoon Onion powder

  • 1 Tablespoon Light brown sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked paprika

  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin

  • ​2 Tablespoons Dried thyme

  • A couple shakes of your favorite hotter spice such as cayenne, chili powder, or ancho chile pepper


Mixing up your homemade steak seasoning

  • Measure out your salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, smoked paprika, cumin, thyme, and hotter spice of choice, and put them into a small bowl.

  • Combine the herbs and spices with a whisk, making sure everything is well mixed.

Applying your seasoning—Don’t rub it the wrong way!

  • Contrary to how it sounds, you don’t actually want to rub a seasoning rub into your meats.

  • If you do, it’ll only clog the pores of the meat and give your steak surface level flavor.

  • Pat down your steaks with a paper towel to remove the excess moisture.

  • Then, you’ll want to sprinkle your seasoning blend onto the top, bottom, and sides of the steak.

  • If you sprinkle from a height, you’ll get the best distribution of the seasoning over the surfaces of the meat.

  • You can lightly pat down the seasoning with the palm of your hand to ensure that it sticks, but you don’t want to get any more aggressive than that.

Playing the waiting game

  • The secret to a flavorful and succulent steak is allowing time for the rub to do its job.

  • Cover your newly seasoned steaks and let them rest in the refrigerator.

  • Wait at least 15-20 minutes for the seasoning to get into the meat.

  • If you’re able to plan ahead, rest the steaks in the seasoning overnight to get the most out of your homemade steak seasoning.

Cook it up

  • Once your meat is rested and well-flavored, it’s time to get your grill on. 

  • Make sure to do your research about how to properly cook your cut of steak.

  • A New York strip steak and a filet mignon require completely different approaches to grilling.

  • But no matter which cut of meat you cook, they will all benefit from a quick rest after you remove it from the grill.

  • Waiting just five minutes will help ensure that the meat’s juices will redistribute and not just spill out all over the cutting board when you go to cut it.


Serving: 3.2g | Calories: 6.4kcal