Simple Steak Seasoning

Simple steak seasoning recipe

The Spruce / Ali Redmond

Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 2 mins
Servings: 5 to 6 servings
Yield: 1/3 cup
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
10 Calories
0g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 10
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3490mg 152%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 0g
Calcium 12mg 1%
*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.)

We can all go to the supermarket and buy a pre-made mix labeled "steak seasoning," and those are a good place to get you started. But why not do it yourself? There are many advantages to making up your own seasoning mixes for steak. If you're using your own salt, pepper, and dried herbs and spices, you have total control of the flavor. You will have a better sense of how fresh they are. (Quick rule of thumb: If they smell musty, pitch 'em and start over.) Plus, you can customize the spices to the nth degree, depending on your preferences or whatever else you're serving with the steak.

This is undoubtedly a quick steak seasoning, one that you can easily double or even triple, which you'll probably want to do if you grill frequently. This recipe is your failsafe seasoning blend. Just store the seasoning in an airtight container for future cookouts. 

Feel free to tweak the ratios as you use it. Consider it as a base from which you can tweak and add your own tastes. Like smoky tastes? Add paprika. Need some heat? Don't be afraid to incorporate some cayenne or red pepper flakes. If you like herbal notes with your steak, experiment with some dried oregano, thyme, or rosemary. Some like ground coffee and brown sugar in their mix, too.

To use, simply remove the portion needed with a spoon and apply liberally to steaks. Use more or less, to your liking. And then simply grill, bake, broil, or skillet cook your steak as directed.

One word of advice, though. Try not to resist the urge, if you get it, to alter the amount of salt in this seasoning blend, as it calls for twice as much salt as pepper. Steak needs it, so please don't be afraid of salting your steak. It will help it become juicier and more tender as it cooks.


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  • 2 tablespoons sea salt flakes
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for simple steak seasoning
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  2. Combine ingredients and place in an airtight container until ready to use. The recipe is enough for 4 to 6 steaks, depending on size and how liberally you apply it. The mixture will stay fresh for up to 1 year if stored properly in a cool, dry place.

    Combine ingredients
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  • Making a double or triple batch of this steak seasoning means that you'll always have enough on hand for future cookouts.
  • Use an airtight glass jar with a lid to mix and store the seasoning. This leaves you with less cleanup and an easy storage solution.


There are myriad ways you can alter this to your liking. Here are a few suggestions. Start with adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herbs and/or spices to the base seasoning recipe, and tweak as needed.

  • Add cayenne pepper to bump up the heat
  • Add Hungarian paprika for some smoky sweetness
  • Try chili powder if you love it with beef
  • Add dried cumin for an earthy flavor
  • Add oregano, parsley, thyme, or rosemary (or some combination thereof) for some herbal notes