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Best Steak Seasoning Recipe – Homemade Steak Rub

This Steak Rub Recipe has your ho-hum steaks tasting like the best steak house ever! Easy and tasty! Because, it’s the Best Steak Seasoning Recipe – Homemade Steak Rub EVER!

A photo of a bowl of dry spice rub for steaks


  • Great balance of salty and sweet in this spice blend.
  • Onion and Garlic powders, hello rub recipe! 
  • A touch of heat with the cayenne
  • It actually IS the best mix of it’s kind!

Here’s How It’s Done

STEP 1. Measure out all of the seasonings and combine all ingredients into a small bowl. 

an aluminum pan with various measuring spoons full of spices

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STEP 2. Mix together and rub onto the steak. This season a steak just right! Place it in the refrigerator for several hours. 

A photo of a spoonful of dry spice rub for steaks


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

WHAT MAKES A GREAT STEAK RUB? How Do You Make Steak Flavorful? 

We Need the basic “all good” components for a perfect homemade steak:

  • salty
  • sweet
  • hot
  • savory.

These steaks are flavorful and delicious! I do recommend a steak that has a slightly higher fat content.

Of course, Ribeye’s are awesome, but a breakfast steak cut would work for this as well. For this rub, avoid the sirloins and other low fat content steaks.

What Seasoning is Good on Steaks? 

You’ll want a seasoning that combines all of the essential elements listed above. Therefore, THIS is a terrific seasoning! 

How Do You Season Steaks Before Cooking? 

Mix up the seasoning according to the recipe the day before you plan to cook the steaks. Using 2 Tbs or more per side, rub and massage this onto the steak. Once both sides are coated, wrap the steak in plastic wrap and set it on a plate in the refrigerator for 6-24 hours. THEN grill, pan fry or use your favored method to cook.

How Do You Rub a Steak?

You’ll want to go ahead and mix up this seasoning mix, then gently pat the seasoning down into the steak and rub it in like you would rub lotion onto your hands. 

How Long Do You Leave Dry Rub On a Steak? 

You’ll want to leave your dry rub in place and on the steak for 6-24 hours before cooking. This gives time for the flavors to meld and for some of the water to be drawn from the meat because of the kosher salt giving just the right tenderness to your steak. No worries, it won’t be dry!

How Do I Season Steaks Before Grilling? 

You’ll want to assemble this dry rub and work it into your steaks 6-24 hours before grilling. This makes a perfect seasoning for the grill master!


Also here is an important note, please make sure to use KOSHER SALT and not table salt or sea salt or Himalayan pink salt or any other kind of salt! Kosher salt is what works.

Hope that helps! If you use a different salt then your rub will be TOO SALTY and you will then think I am crazy and leave me comments that I won’t understand  on the recipe.

Just for fun – here is my artsy attempt at food photography. I know. I know. At least I am funny, right? Don’t answer.

Spoon spilling spice rub into bowl


And for the food nerdy, like me: The Kosher Salt will draw some of the moisture out of your steak. So don’t be surprised,  when you unwrap your steak, you will notice that there is a lot of moisture in the plastic wrap!

That is what Kosher salt does! That is the way it is supposed to be. NO WORRIES,  It will be juicy and moist once cooked.


Use this on…

  • Skirt Steak
  • Beef Tenderloin
  • Brisket 
  • Beef Ribs (all types)
  • Rib Eyes
  • Strip Steaks
  • NY Strip Steaks 
  • ANY CUT of Beef that you will eat as a steak.
  • The USDA reviews all kinds of cuts in this article! Enjoy!


You should cook your steaks however your heart desires. Our favorites are…

  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Frying Pan

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The Best Steak Rub & Seasoning Recipe

This is a simple recipe for a dry spice rub for steaks
5 from 4 votes
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Course: rub
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dry rub for steak, spice rub for steak
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 510kcal


  • 2 Tbs Kosher Salt
  • 2 ½ Tbs Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 4 – 6oz beef steaks with higher fat content


  • Mix all of the ingredients together (except the steaks). Make sure there are no lumps or clumps (brown sugar likes to do that). Take a large pinch of the spice mix between your first three fingers and thumb of your right hand (about ½ tsp or so). Sprinkle the mix over the one side of the steak with your right hand and then with your left hand pat and rub the spice mix gently onto one side of the steaks. Turn the steak over and repeat. Repeat for the other steaks. You may save any remaining spice mixture as long as you haven’t contaminated the mix with any of the juices from your steak. Store in a zip lock bag or glass jar with lid.
  • Once each side of each steak has been seasoned with the spice mix, wrap the steaks individually in plastic wrap. Place the steaks on a plate and put into the refrigerator. Allow to set for 6 hours – 24 hours before cooking.
  • When ready to prepare, remove from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking and remove the plastic wrap. Grill or pan fry as usual. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.


You can use either plain paprika or smoked paprika, whichever one you have. 
Make sure to use Kosher salt.  If you need to use table salt instead, then use only 1/2 what's called for in the recipe. 
Feel free to amp up the onion and garlic powder or the brown sugar according to taste. 


Nutrition Facts
The Best Steak Rub & Seasoning Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 510 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 3610mg150%
Potassium 657mg19%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 714IU14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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***This post originally appeared on Loaves and Dishes on August 16, 2015 and has been revamped with new information that includes “why this recipe works”, “step by step photo instructions”, frequently asked questions, updated recipe card with nutrition information and equipment. *** 


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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating


Saturday 4th of June 2022

I have made this rub 3 times now. The first 2 with ribeye and now with NY strip. It is so good!

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 8th of June 2022


Shannon Baron

Sunday 24th of February 2019

Fantastic recipe!!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 24th of February 2019

Thanks Shannon!

Jack Smith

Tuesday 26th of June 2018

Oh my god I can taste the juiciness of that steak from here!! Holy drool worthy!!!! I can’t wait to try this!

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 27th of June 2018

Thank you Jack!


Wednesday 20th of June 2018

Yum, looks amazing!

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 20th of June 2018

Thank you. :)


Friday 2nd of February 2018

Hello rub!


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