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The Best Steak Seasoning Ever!

This EASY all-purpose steak seasoning blend is DELICIOUS on steaks, chicken, fish, pork, and even vegetables. Make it now with simple pantry ingredients that you already have on hand!

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Yes or no, who has used or Canadian or Montreal Steak Seasoning before? If you answered no, I have no idea who you are and seriously question your life choices. It is a staple in my kitchen.

Even if you are a vegetarian, you can use this best steak seasoning mix on veggies or bean burgers and on your vegetables to enhance their natural flavors.

I am a big fat yes to the question, by the way.

I always have a ginormous container of steak spices in my house and it is almost always empty.

Much like my Worcestershire sauce addiction (I have no less than three bottles in my house at this very moment), I need to have it on hand. I started buying so much Worcestershire because I kept thinking I was out when I went to the store and bought a bottle each time I went.  

That goes to show you that I am not organized and my pantry is so crammed with stuff that I can’t see what I have.  Last time it was soy sauce and I had 6 bottles on hand at one time. Four of them were open and in the refrigerator which only proves the point that I have some serious issues!

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Why this Simple Steak Seasoning is Awesome

  • Made with pantry ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
  • It’s so versatile- you can even put it on veggies!
  • It is long lasting and can last for up to six months.
  • Not only will these spices add layers to your steak, or anything else, but it will make it very flavorful all while keeping it moist, tender, and juicy!
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Ingredients Needed

  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic
  • Smoked paprika
  • Onion
  • Ground coriander
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Ground mustard
  • Parsley flakes

Salt – Use coarse Kosher salt, not table salt. It is great for seasonings as it brings out and enhances the overall flavor. Table salt is much finer and also iodized, so it can be much saltier and also have a metallic aftertaste. When you make your own spice rubs you can control the level of every spice and herb in it!

Black pepper – This helps to add a little bit of “bite” to your seasoning. For more of a subtle flavor, you could use ground white pepper instead.

Garlic – I like to use granulated garlic instead of garlic powder but you can use whatever you have on hand.

Smoked paprika – I like the smoky flavor that this provides rather than the sweet flavor of regular paprika. However, you could use either.

Onion – I like to use granulated or minced dried onion for the texture but if you only have onion powder feel free to use that.

Ground coriander – This is used as a boost to the flavor but feel free to leave it out if you don’t like this one.

Crushed red pepper flakes – I like a bit of heat to my spice blends, so feel free to cut back the amount if you’d like your steak seasoning to be more mild. You can also omit it all together.

Ground mustard – This adds a bit of tang and acidity to your seasoning.

Parsley flakes – Be sure to use dried parsley flakes, as fresh will not be shelf stable and will cause your steak seasoning to clump together.

Please remember that all ground and dried spices start to lose their potency at about 6 months after opening the jar, so make sure you date the bottles when you open them. If they are older, you might need to use a tad more than called for. Simply smell them and taste test a small amount if you have any concerns.

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How to make the Best Steak Seasoning Recipe

First: Mix all the ingredients together and store in a glass jar in a cool, dry place until ready to use.

Second: Season and cook the steak when ready!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

I started making my own steak seasoning so it is free of non-caking additives, and other such abominations, and I could control the amount of each spice added to it. I like the toothiness that a textured blend gives, but if you prefer, use a spice grinder to make it a uniform grain.

bowl of steak seasoning with a whisk

FAQs

When is the best time to season a steak?

Preferably overnight, but up to at least an hour will work if the seasoning contains salt. If it doesn’t contain salt, you can season it immediately before cooking.

What is the best way to do it?

Bring the steaks to room temperature or close to it. Pat the steaks dry. Apply vegetable oil (not olive oil) and spread a liberal amount of spice mix on on each side of the steak before popping on the grill or pan searing.

This is perfect for grilled or pan seared and baked steaks.

jar of seasoning blend with a black measuring spoon in it

How do you apply the steak spice blend?

Pat the meat dry on both sides with a paper towel and generously massage the steak seasoning on the steak until the meat is completely covered. Cook immediately or let sit at least an hour.

Is it gluten free, paleo, keto, and whole 30 compliant?

This recipe is! Some recipes add sugar or bouillon. If you add these they will not be. Check out all these other spice mixes if you are looking to spice up some diet food!

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Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • This recipe for simple steak seasoning makes a good amount so make sure that you store it in a cool, dry place until you have used the last crumb! In my house, it doesn’t take long!
  • If you are trying to be salt free – or low sodium, you can still enjoy this steak seasoning recipe just cut out the salt altogether and then slowly add it back in.
  • I can be picky and I like mine spicier than they make it so that means my home version contains more red pepper flakes than is humanly necessary! Feel free to adjust the amount in yours.
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Best Steak Seasoning

Yield: 1.5 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This all-purpose steak seasoning blend is great for steaks, chicken, fish, pork, and even vegetables. Make it now with the spices you already have in your pantry!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons butcher grind black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in a container until ready to add to your favorite recipe!
  2. Use as needed

Notes

  • This recipe for simple steak seasoning makes a good amount so make sure that you store it in a cool, dry place until you have used the last crumb! In my house, it doesn't take long!
  • If you are trying to be salt free - or low sodium, you can still enjoy this steak seasoning recipe just cut out the salt altogether and then slowly add it back in.
  • I can be picky and I like mine spicier than they make it so that means my home version contains more red pepper flakes than is humanly necessary! Feel free to adjust the amount in yours.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 14Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1060mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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    RHONDA THORNE

    Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

    I've been following you for a while, me and hubby love so many of your recipes. going to make the dry mixes. haven't tried yet, I'm sure i won't be disappointed

    Jennifer

    Wednesday 4th of August 2021

    Thank you so much for being a reader! I love to hear from you and how you like the recipes and what recipes you would like to see in the future. The best thing about the spice mixes is that you can make them your own. There are a lot of comments about salt content so I recommend adding the salt last and just a little at a time until you get the mix you like. Enjoy!

    Ms. Jimi

    Monday 31st of May 2021

    Hiya, I liked your intro! I will try your mix. Kind regards

    Carol

    Friday 23rd of April 2021

    My husband is on a low sodium diet, so I make this seasoning mix without the salt. So much better than buying much more expensive "low sodium" seasoning online (it isn't available in my local store). Thanks for the quantities! Much appreciated!

    Jennifer

    Sunday 25th of April 2021

    That's my favorite thing about making my own spice mixes. My mom is on a low sodium diet too and loves it:) Thanks for reading!!

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