Steak Dry Rub Seasoning


This amazing steak seasoning is made with smoked paprika, oregano, garlic, and cumin. Rub onto any cut of steak and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes before grilling. Any extra dry rub can be stored in an airtight container for later use.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 cup

We know that a good grilled steak starts with a good dry rub — and this steak seasoning is the absolute best! You just need a few pantry staple spices and five minutes to give you the best steak you've ever tasted.

Seriously, you will never go back to your old way of grilling steaks again.

What Is In Steak Seasoning?

There's no one-size-fits-all recipe when it comes to steak rubs. However, most steak seasonings are bold, smoky, and sometimes a little spicy.

To achieve this, you'll find basic spices and seasonings like kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. This specific steak seasoning recipe also has earthy flavors (such as cumin and oregano), smoky flavors, like smoked paprika, and a hint of sweetness (like brown sugar).

How to Make Steak Seasoning

To make homemade steak seasoning, simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined.

Or, if you want to make it even easier, place all the ingredients in a container with a lid. Seal the lid and shake to combine.

How to Season Steak

Before grilling, season your steaks (or other meat) with a generous amount of steak seasoning on both sides. Rub the seasoning into the meat so the steaks absorb the rub.

Allow the steaks to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before grilling to allow the flavors to come together.

How to Store Steak Seasoning

Store steak seasoning in an airtight container in a cool, dry place (like your pantry). It should remain fresh for six months — but you can check that it's still good by giving it a quick sniff. If it doesn't smell like anything, it's time to toss it.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This is a great rub, full of flavor and just the right amount of spice. I make it by the jar full now and use it every time I grill steak," says Chad H.

"This rub gave our filet mignon the perfect blend of savory, sweet, and spice. I made extra, and keep it in my pantry to try on other meats as well," according to LeeshWms.

"Cooked this over the campfire this past weekend... Best steak I've had in my life, and at least 5 other people concurred. Definitely needs to be done on the grill to lock in that perfect smoke flavor. I used a tenderized rib-eye and due to some of the other reviews I only put in 2 Tbsp of salt. I also used a spicy smoked paprika to give that slight bite and extra smoke flavor. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this rub," raves Michael Pickrel.

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


  • 3 tablespoons kosher 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


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    Kosher salt, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, black pepper, brown sugar, and cumin

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  2. Mix kosher salt, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, black pepper, brown sugar, and cumin together in a sealable container. Seal container and shake to mix.

    Overhead of mixed dry rub spices in a bowl

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  3. Season steaks.

    overhead view of Steaks with dry rub on a white cutting board


Editor's Note:

The magazine version of this recipe uses 2 tablespoons of kosher salt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

49 Calories
1g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 2887mg 126%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 204mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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