Rating: 4.5 stars
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This steak seasoning recipe uses smoked paprika, oregano, and cumin to add amazing flavor to any cut of steak before grilling. Rub this delicious steak seasoning onto your steak and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes before you grill. Any extra rub can be stored in an airtight container for later use.

Recipe Summary

5 mins
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


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.


Editor's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts

49 calories; protein 1.8g; carbohydrates 10.7g; fat 0.9g; sodium 2886.5mg. Full Nutrition