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The Best Steak Rub & Seasoning Recipe

This is a simple recipe for a dry spice rub for steaks
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: rub
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dry rub for steak, spice rub for steak
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 510kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes
Cost: $2


  • measuring cups and spoons
  • bowl
  • plastic wrap
  • plate


  • 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. 


Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 3610mg | Potassium: 657mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 714IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 5mg