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10 Recipes for Homemade Steak Seasoning Blends

Sure, steak is good with a sprinkling of kosher salt. But why not take your dinner to the next level with one of our best steak seasoning blends?

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All-Purpose Steak Seasoning

If you want to move away from salt and pepper, but you’re not ready to get too wild, try this all-purpose steak seasoning.

To blend, combine two tablespoons each kosher salt and garlic powder with a tablespoon of onion powder and cracked black pepper. Sprinkle the seasoning on your steak just before cooking and reserve any extra in an airtight container.

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Carne Asada Steak Seasoning


Want your steak to taste like the filling of your favorite taco? Marinate it in this flavorful marinade! Plan to cook this steak in a cast-iron skillet.

Whisk together two tablespoons chili powder with a tablespoon ground ancho chile, two teaspoons each ground cumin and Mexican oregano, a teaspoon each kosher salt and ground black pepper. Then add two cloves of crushed garlic, the juice of one lime and a quarter cup of minced cilantro. Let your steaks marinade for two hours in the refrigerator.

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Chili Rub Steak Seasoning


Add spicy, smoky flavor to your steak with a simple chili rub. Simply combine a quarter cup of smoked paprika with two tablespoons chili powder and a tablespoon each kosher salt and ground cumin. If you like it spicy, feel free to add cayenne to the mix.

Rub the mixture over the steak and add a tablespoon or so of canola oil to help it stick. Keep an eye out for the mistakes that everyone makes when learning to cook steak.

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Coffee Steak Seasoning


You’ll be surprised by the depth of flavor in this unique steak rub. You’ll need a tablespoon each ancho chile powder and finely ground coffee beans, two teaspoons each brown sugar, kosher salt and smoked paprika, and a teaspoon each dried oregano, ground coriander and mustard powder.

Coat your steak with however much seasoning sticks to the exterior. Then, sear it on the grill like this.

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Fresh & Zesty Steak Seasoning

Steak seasonings don’t have to be heavy and bold, and this fresh, zesty mixture proves it!

In a large bowl, combine the juice and zest of two oranges with two tablespoons each chopped parsley and kosher salt and a tablespoon of smoked paprika. Marinate the steaks for two hours before cooking.

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Harissa Steak Seasoning


Harissa is the perfect way to add a savory, spicy flavor to your steak. Create the rub by soaking four large, dried, mild chiles until they’re softened. Then, blend the chiles with a stemmed and seeded Thai chili, two cloves of garlic, a quarter cup olive oil and a teaspoon each kosher salt, ground cumin, ground coriander and caraway seeds. Rub the steak with the harissa and let it sit in the refrigerator for two hours before cooking.

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Herbs de Provence Steak Seasoning


Herbs de provence is a flavorful and aromatic blend of green spices. Pick up a jar at the grocery store and create this seasoning blend by mixing two teaspoons kosher salt with a teaspoon each herbs de provence, sugar and coarsely ground black pepper.

Editor’s Tip: If you can’t find the pre-mixed spice, make your own by combining dried rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano, marjoram, tarragon, parsley and fennel seed.

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Kalbi Korean Steak Seasoning


Give your steak some Asian-spiced flair by creating a kalbi steak marinade. In a large bowl, combine a quarter cup soy sauce with three tablespoons white sugar, two tablespoons sesame oil, one tablespoon each minced garlic and sesame seeds, two chopped green onions and a teaspoon ground black pepper. Marinate the steaks in the refrigerator for two hours before cooking.

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Steak that has been spiced with Montreal steak spiceKaleb Kroetsch/Shutterstock

Montreal Steak Seasoning


Montreal steak seasoning is a classic spice blend because it’s spicy, sweet, pungent and flavorful. Make your own by combining two tablespoons each kosher salt, ground black pepper and paprika with a tablespoon each granulated onion, granulated garlic, ground coriander and dill seeds. Add cayenne to the mix if you like it extra spicy!

Store any extra in an airtight container like this.

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Texas-Style Steak Seasoning


Give your steak the bold flavor of Texas barbecue with this spice rub. Combine two tablespoons kosher salt with two teaspoons brown sugar, a teaspoon ground black pepper, a half teaspoon each paprika and chili powder, and a quarter teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder and turmeric. Coat your steak with as much seasoning as will stick and grill it to perfection.

Lindsay D. Mattison
After years of working in professional kitchens, Lindsay traded her knives in for the pen. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to turn local, seasonal ingredients into beautiful meals for her family.

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