steak dry rub seasoning recipe

My Best DIY Steak Rub Recipe

Steak rub is easy to make at home and the results cost a lot less than what you would pay at the store, while making your steaks taste so much better. This easy to make DIY steak dry rub recipe makes enough to season up a big batch of delicious steaks for your grill!

Excellent Steak Dry Rub Seasoning

Make a batch of this steak seasoning and keep it handy for the next time you grill up some steaks.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup


  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin


  • Mix all of your steak seasoning ingredients and store in an airtight container.

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What Is In Steak Seasoning?

There is no exact recipe for steak seasoning. There are as many variations for it as there are for people’s secret recipes for the perfect chili, each person has their own special twist or balance of flavors that they like. That being said, there are some common ingredients in most steak seasoning recipes.

Some of the most common ingredients include non-iodized salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, onion powder as well as cumin, oregano, smoked or regular paprika, and even maybe a little bit of sweetness from brown sugar.

How to Make Steak Seasoning


  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

Directions For Making Steak Dry Rub

Making your own dry rub for steak is super easy.

The most important step is to start with the best ingredients that you can find. If your spices have been sitting on the shelf too long all of the oils and goodness in them will have faded and your steak rub will be bland. Using the best and freshest herbs that you can will result in a bright and flavorful steak rub and in turn, a steak that your friends will rave about.

Once you have gathered up all of your ingredients, it is a simple matter of mixing them all up and getting them combined well. Either mixing them up in a bowl, or putting them all in a jar and shaking them up will do for this.

After they are all mixed you will want to store your steak seasoning in as air tight of a container as possible, that is easy for you to use when it is time to season your steaks.

Storing Your Steak Seasoning

If for some reason you don’t use up all of your steak seasoning after you use it up, or if you want to mix up a batch ahead of time, you will need something to store it in.

The easiest solution is to reuse your old steak seasoning containers. When you use up the last of your store-bought stuff, just fill it up with your own and you are good to go. The only downside is that those containers aren’t airtight, so the flavors in your steak rub will fade faster.

If you want to really seal up your steak seasoning, or live in a humid location and not want it to clump up, you will want some containers that actually seal like these ones I found on Amazon (affiliate link).

How to Season Steak

When you are preparing to cook your steaks, you shold try to apply your steak rub as far in advance as possible. A good practice is to pull your steaks out of the fridge, season them, and let them come up to room temperature at least 30 minutes before you intend to cook them.

Another option is to season them a day in advance and then leave them in the fridge. This is technique is called dry-brining and gives the meat time to absorb all of your rub’s flavor. Do remember to pull them out at least 30 minutes before cooking so they can come up to room temperature. This is essential for a perfectly cooked steak.

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