10 Recipes for Homemade Steak Seasoning Blends

Updated: Dec. 30, 2021

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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Grated citrus (orange and lemon) rind and grater.

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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Traditional homemade rose harissa-hot chili pepper sauce paste with garlic and olive oil in small bowl on white plaster background
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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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Organic Dry Herbs De Provence in a Bowl
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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 spice
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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!

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Homemade All American BBQ Rub Spice
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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.