Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks

Grilled rib eye steak recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Marinate: 60 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
154 Calories
8g Fat
2g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 154
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 81mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 17g
Calcium 24mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Beef rib-eye steaks are tender and delicious, but this flavorful dry marinade can give any steak a lift. Make a large batch of the dry rub and store airtight in a cool dry place. It's also good rubbed on pork, chicken, or turkey. Also, be sure to check out our tips below for making the perfect grilled steak!


  • For the Dry Rub
  • 2 teaspoons fresh garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper (coarsely ground)
  • 2 teaspoons​ dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons​​ paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (crumbled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • For the Steaks
  • 2 (12-ounce) beef rib-eye steaks (boneless​ and fat trimmed; 1-inch-thick)
  • 1 tablespoon​ olive oil
  • Garnish: fresh thyme sprigs

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Grilled rib eye steaks ingredients
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  2. In a small bowl, mix the garlic, black pepper, mustard, paprika, chili powder, thyme, salt, and cayenne until well blended.

    Mix spices
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  3. Brush the oil on both sides of the steaks and place each steak on a large sheet of plastic wrap.

    Brush steaks
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  4. Rub the spice mixture on both sides of steaks.

    Rub spice mixture
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  5. Wrap tightly and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

    Wrap tightly
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  6. Heat a gas grill to high, prepare a hot charcoal fire until the coals form white ash, or heat a broiler.

    Heat grill
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  7. Grill or broil the steaks 4 to 6 inches above the heat source for 5 to 7 minutes on each side for rare, 7 to 9 minutes for medium, or 9 to 11 minutes for well-done.

    Grill and boil
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  8. Remove the steaks to serving plates and garnish with thyme sprigs.

    Serve on plate
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  9. Serve right away and enjoy.

    Serve steaks
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Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.


  • If using a charcoal grill, start the fire 30 to 40 minutes before grilling. The fire's ready when the coals look ash-covered and you can hold your hand 4 to 5 inches (grill height) over the coals for about 4 seconds before it's too hot to continue.
  • Trim all steaks of any excess fat.
  • Lightly brush steaks and the grilling surface with oil to prevent sticking.
  • Grill 1-inch-thick steaks 12 to 14 minutes, turning once, for medium rare; 5 minutes longer for medium. Grill 18 to 20 minutes for 2-inch-thick steaks (5 minutes longer for medium).
  • Make a small cut in the thickest part of the meat and check the color to tell if it's done. Or touch it. Rare will be soft, medium will give slightly, and well done will be firm. For steaks more than 1 1/2 inches thick, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part: 145 to 150 F is medium rare, 160 F is medium.
  • Let steaks stand a few minutes after grilling to give juices a chance to settle and meat to firm up for easier slicing.