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?
Salt and Pepper Only on a Steak? Or Use a Seasoning?
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.
Bring on the Steak Seasoning
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!
Ratios - Important in Any Seasoning Blend
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.
Here are Some of My Steak Recipes to Try
- Jacked Up Steak Marinade
- Ancho Crusted Porterhouse
- Pan Seared New York Strip with Garlic-Bourbon Butter
- Chili Rubbed Prime Rib Roast with Horseradish Cream
Check Out Some of My Other Homemade Seasoning Blends
- Homemade Seasonings/Powders Recipes
- Homemade Rib Rub
- Homemade Cajun Seasoning Blend
- Homemade Fajita Seasoning
- Homemade Taco Seasoning
If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations.
Steak Seasoning Mix – Recipe
- 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
- 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.