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This steak seasoning makes all the difference when cooking steak . Nothing compares to the flavors and aroma of this easy homemade steak seasoning, especially on grilled ribeye. It’s delicious on steak, but you can also use it on burgers or roasted vegetables.

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Need another homemade seasoning? Try elote seasoning, blackening seasoning, or carnitas seasoning!

This quick and easy dry rub is delicious on grilled ribeye. You can even use it on the perfect grilled hamburgers if you have some leftovers!

A quick seasoning is the best way to add tons of flavor to a grilled steak, no matter what cut of beef you’re using.

My favorite cut of steak is a ribeye, but I also love New York Strip. For an affordable option, try rubbing this blend all over flank steak and then cutting it against the grain.

Consider this the ultimate guide to seasoning the perfect steak. I’ll guide you through the simple process of making it, answer frequently asked questions about steak seasoning, and share proper storage instructions.

Get ready to take your steak to new heights!

Ribeye Steak Seasoning Recipe

Sometimes all you need is kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to season steak. In addition to those key ingredients, we’re adding some smoked paprika to make it taste like you cooked it over an open flame.

The garlic powder and onion powder add depth and the dried herbs add a bit more earthy flavor. 

The combination of all of these spices and the proper cooking technique takes your steak to the next level. Using your own blend of spices allows you to customize the flavors based on your preferences.

spice jars for steak seasoning on a countertop

Unlike the spice blend in these easy grilled pork chops, this bend focuses on classic savory herbs and spices instead of sweet flavors like brown sugar. 

Types of Steak to Season

Almost every steak is going to benefit from some sort of seasoning, spice rub, or marinade. Here’s a list of some of my favorite cuts of steak to use with this blend of spices.

  • Ribeye (my favorite cut of steak for the quality and value)
  • New York Strip Steak
  • Top Sirloin
  • Filet Mignon
  • Flank Steak

Ingredients for Steak Seasoning

Here are the simple ingredients for this easy steak seasoning blend. They’re basic pantry staple spices! Jump down to the recipe card for exact measurements.

steak seasoning ingredients on a countertop
  1. Kosher Salt: this acts as a foundation for the seasoning, adding texture and enhancing the meat’s natural flavors.
  2. Black Pepper: Freshly ground black pepper brings a pungent and slightly spicy kick to the blend. 
  3. Garlic Powder: Garlic powder provides a savory, aromatic component to the seasoning, giving the steak a delightful depth of flavor.
  4. Onion Powder: Onion powder adds a hint of sweetness and complexity to the blend, balancing out the other robust flavors.
  5. Smoked Paprika: Paprika contributes a smoky and earthy note, giving the seasoning a rich and enticing color.
  6. Dried Herbs: Choose from a selection of dried herbs like thyme, rosemary, or oregano to add a touch of freshness and herbaceousness.
  7. Red pepper flakes: these are optional for a hint of spice.

How to Season Steak

Here are the simple steps to make this steak seasoning for ribeye and other delicious cuts of beef.

  1. Combine all of the spices in a small bowl and stir them together until combined. The seasoning should have a deep red color, but you’ll also see flecks of herbs and black pepper.
  2. When you’re ready to cook the steak, pat the steak dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Sprinkle the steak seasoning on the surface of the steak. Use the palm of your hand to press the seasoning into the steak.

Success Tip: You can season pretty liberally if the steak is 1 1/2 inches or larger, but start slow and sprinkle on a little bit more as needed. It’s easier to add more steak seasoning rub than take it off the steak.

Cooking Seasoned Steak

Sear, cook, or grill the steak using your preferred cooking method. We love using the grill to achieve perfectly crispy grill marks. Using the reverse sear method is another great way to grill steak.

Remember: use a meat thermometer to determine the level of doneness. I like medium-rare ribeye and remove the steak from the heat when it reachs 130-135°F, with a target temperature of 140°F while we let the steak rest.

ribeye steak on the grill

Quick Tips for Seasoning Steak

  1. Start with a dry steak: Pat the steak dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. This will help the seasoning adhere better to the meat.
  2. Season with kosher salt: Sprinkle a generous amount of coarse salt evenly over both sides of the steak. The salt enhances the and tenderizes the meat. Allow the salt to sit on the steak for about 30 minutes at room temperature before cooking. This process is known as dry brining.
  3. Use fresh cracked black pepper: After the dry brining, sprinkle freshly ground black pepper onto the steak. The pepper adds a nice kick and complements the savory flavors.
  4. Pat the seasoning: Gently press the seasoning into the steak, ensuring an even distribution on both sides. Use your palms to press the seasoning into the meat, allowing it to penetrate and infuse the flavors.
  5. Let it rest: Once seasoned, let the steak sit at room temperature for about 15-30 minutes. This rest time allows the seasoning to penetrate the meat.
  6. Cook the steak: Grill, pan-sear, or broil the steak according to your preferred cooking method until it reaches your desired level of doneness.
  7. Rest before slicing: Let cooked steak rest for 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful steak.
grilled and sliced ribeye on a cutting board

Recipe Variations

The beauty of homemade steak seasoning lies in its versatility. Feel free to experiment with different ratios and spice. Try adding these to your homemade steak seasoning:

  • Chili powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne pepper for some spice


Can I substitute table salt for coarse salt in the recipe?

Coarse salt, like kosher salt, has a better texture and enhances the overall flavor profile. However, if you only have table salt, reduce the quantity slightly to avoid over-salting the steak.

Is this the same as Montreal steak seasoning?

This recipe has many similarities to Montreal steak seasoning including garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper. However, Montreal seasoning, which is a combination of pickling spices from Eastern European and Jewish cuisine, also includes dill seed and red pepper flakes.

How to Store

Store it in an airtight container to prevent moisture and air exposure. Keep it in a cool, dark place, such as the pantry, for up to 6 months. Use as needed.

grilled ribeye resting on cutting board
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Steak Seasoning Recipe

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
When it comes to cooking a good steak, the right steak seasoning can make all the difference. Nothing compares to the flavors and aroma of homemade steak seasoning for ribeye and other cuts of steak!

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Servings: 8 Tablespoons (Note 1)


  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 3 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Mix together all of the dry rub spices in a small bowl. Use the seasoning right away or store it in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
  • When you’re ready to season, pat the steak dry and sprinkle on approximately 1 teaspoon on each side of the steak. Add more as needed before searing, grilling, or broiling.
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Note 1. Serving Size. This recipe makes 8 tablespoons of steak seasoning, which is enough seasoning for approximately 8 lbs of steak (1 Tablespoon per pound).


  • Small bowl
  • Airtight container or small plastic bag for storage


Serving: 8Tablespoons | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.3g | Protein: 6.9g | Fat: 2.9g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 7469mg | Fiber: 11.3g | Sugar: 2.5g | Vitamin A: 369.9IU | Vitamin C: 7.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Nick says:

    5 stars
    We had this with our steaks on the grill tonight and will only be seasoning them this way from now on!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Best comment, Nick! Thanks!