This homemade steak seasoning is a flavor booster for your grilling game. Made in less than 5 minutes, it uses ingredients likely already found in your pantry to perfectly season your steak. Blending herbs and spices with salt and pepper, it works for any steak, whether it’s a ribeye, NY strip, or filet mignon. Use it immediately or make a double batch and store some for later.
Is there anything better coming off a grill then steak?
My family would argue no, there’s not. And if you feel the same way then you are going to love this homemade steak seasoning.
But sometimes, simple is best. Which is where this seasoning comes in.
It’s really easy, and also makes your steak really delicious.
You don’t need much to season a steak, but this combo of kosher salt, black pepper, herbs and spices does the trick.
There’s truly not much to this recipe, but scroll down for the details, including step by step pictures and tips, to get the most out of this homemade steak seasoning.
Grab these ingredients from your pantry
(Note: the full ingredients list, including measurements, is provided in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.)
- Dried herbs: the two herbs I like to use are rosemary and thyme. I prefer dried rosemary that’s already is small pieces so it doesn’t feel like I’m eating a twig. If yours is in long pieces you may want to cut it up.
- Garlic powder: this is different than granulated garlic, which is less finely ground. If using granulated garlic, you’ll want to double the amount used.
- Kosher salt: salt is the most important ingredient for seasoning any food. In this case the recipe calls for Diamond Crystal kosher salt, which is my preferred salt. It is less salty by volume than other salts which means it leaves a little more room for error when salting your food. If you are using a different type of salt (kosher or otherwise), you’ll want to use this salt conversion chart from Epicurious to determine how much salt to use.
- Ground black pepper: You can use either freshly ground black pepper or pre-ground black pepper.
Are your spices & herbs getting old?
If you can’t remember the last time you bought spices or herbs, it may be time to get new ones. Both spices and herbs lose potency over time and if they are old the seasoning won’t have as much flavor as it should. Here are three ways to check your spices and herbs for freshness:
- Look: take a look at your spices. Are they vibrant or has their color faded?
- Smell: put your nose down to the bottle (though not too close!) and take a whiff. Do you smell the herb immediately or do you have to take a couple deep inhales to get any scent?
- Taste: take a small pinch of the spice and give it a taste. Is it strong on your tongue or can you barely taste it?
Use one or all three of these methods to see if your spice shelves need an overhaul.
Making an easy steak seasoning
I hesitate to call this a recipe because all you’re doing is measuring out the ingredients and stirring them together. But below are some picture to show you what I mean.
How to use this simple steak seasoning
This easy seasoning for steak can be sprinkled on top of any steak before being put on the grill, though I prefer it with thicker steaks like strip steak, ribeye or filet mignon.
Depending on how salty you like your steak, you’ll want to use between 1 and 1.5 teaspoons per pound of steak.
*Bonus* – this recipe also doubles as potato seasoning! Just sprinkle a bit on chopped and oiled potatoes on a sheet pan then stick them in the oven to roast.
Storing steak seasoning
If you are either making the seasoning ahead of time or want to make a big batch at once, place the rub in an air-tight container (I like to use a mason jar) and store it in a cool, dark place. It will keep for about 6 months this way, depending on how fresh your herbs and spices were to begin with.
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3-Minute Homemade Steak Seasoning
- 2 tsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- ½ tsp dried rosemary
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp dried thyme
- Measure out each ingredient with the appropriate measuring spoon and place it into a small bowl.
- Use a small whisk or other utensil to stir the ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
- This recipe makes about 3.5 tsp of seasoning, enough for between 2 and 3 lbs of steak depending on how heavily the steak is salted.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.