This steak seasoning mix recipe is a simple flavor combination that will bring that extra WOW factor to any steak. Make a large batch to use anytime.
When it comes to cooking up steaks, there are a couple different rules of thumb. The first way is to forego all seasoning other than salt and pepper, and let the flavor of the steak speak for itself. The other way is to introduce other seasonings to compliment the steak.
Which do I prefer?
Both! Honestly, it really depends on the cut of the steak. If I’m cooking up a juicy ribeye, I MOSTLY go salt and pepper only and either cook it up on the grill with a nice reverse sear, or I’ll sear it up in a cast iron pan.
For a tender filet mignon, I go back and forth with salt and pepper only OR a nice steak seasoning mix, depending on my mood and what I’ll be topping the steak with that evening. The same goes for other cuts of steak, of which there are MANY! It depends on your mood. Most times salt and pepper is just fine, but sometimes you want to introduce some new and interesting flavor elements, and that is where a good steak seasoning mix comes into play.
Like this one! This is a blend I prefer. It incorporates many of my favorite seasonings. It’s a mixture here of chili powders (paprika and spicy cayenne) along with granulated garlic, onion powder, mustard powder, brown sugar for flavor and caramelization, salt and pepper, turmeric, cumin, and a pinch or THREE of ghost pepper chili powder. OK, maybe a teaspoon of ghost pepper powder.
I do like my heat, you know!
As with any seasoning mix, it’s all about the ratios, so feel free to play around with them. If you prefer more garlic, add more in. Dial back on the ghost powder (or omit) if you want a LOT less heat. Cayenne will give you a nice kick as well, so keep an eye on the amount you use.
This is a nice, rustic blend that works best as an initial rub. Generously rub the steak seasoning mix into the steaks before you cook them up. It is best to give them a nice sear on the grill or in a hot pan to seal in the juices and take advantages of those seasonings, though a good reverse sear works nicely, too.
Bring it on, my friends! Who’s buying the steaks tonight? What cuts are you popping on the grill? Let’s hear it! Let me know what you think of this steak seasoning mix. Enjoy! – Mike H.
Steak Seasoning Mix – Recipe
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cooking Time: 1 minute
Heat Factor: Medium-Hot
- 3 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons cayenne
- 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 tablespoon mustard powder
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon extra spicy chili powder (optional – I like to include ghost powder or one of my homemade mixes)
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until they are well combined.
- Use as a seasoning rub for steaks by rubbing in a generous portion into the steaks before cooking.
Makes about 1 cup.