Best Steak Seasoning

Our homemade steak seasoning is easy to make and will keep in your pantry for months. The coriander and dill add a bright, citrusy note, while the onion powder, garlic powder, and salt enhance the steak’s natural flavor without overpowering it. We absolutely love it!

Best Homemade Steak Seasoning

I’m so excited to share this incredible steak seasoning recipe with you! You’ll be happy to know that you probably have most of the ingredients in your spice cabinet. This blend has citrus, toasty, and savory flavors that perfectly enhance the natural taste of beef. Trust me, it’s a game-changer!

Whether you’re cooking flank steak, skirt or hanger steak, sirloin, tri-tip, ribeye, or even a New York strip, this rub will take your steaks to a new level of deliciousness. I’ve also used it with great results for pan-seared and grilled steak!

Key Ingredients

  • Black Peppercorns: I love black pepper and steak! They add a spicy floral flavor and help to make the steak taste well seasoned. I toast and grind or crush them before adding to my spice blend, which brings out their flavor even more.
  • Coriander Seeds: This is my favorite addition to this blend. Coriander adds a warm, citrusy flavor. I toast the seeds with the peppercorns and grind or crush them before adding them to the mix.
  • Dried Dill: I love the green of dried dill, and it adds a fresh, herbaceous flavor.
  • Onion powder and Garlic Powder: These classic spices add umami and help to enhance the natural flavors of steak.
  • Italian Herb Seasoning: I use something like McCormick Italian seasoning to add more herbs to the spice blend. Look for something with dried herbs like oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary.
  • Flaky Sea Salt: I LOVE Maldon sea salt in this steak blend.
  • Cavender’s Greek Seasoning or Generic All-Purpose Seasoning: Adds more flavor and a mix of aromatics. You can leave this out, but I genuinely love the extra flavor.
  • Aleppo Pepper or Red Pepper Flakes: These add a mild heat with fruity undertones. I especially love Aleppo pepper.
Steak seasoning blend ingredients

How to Use Steak Seasoning

I’m generous with how much seasoning I sprinkle onto steaks. Use a tablespoon of homemade steak seasoning per pound of steak (I know that sounds like a lot, but trust me).

This seasoning makes a great dry rub for steak. Sprinkle each side of your meat evenly (and generously) with the seasoning, and gently rub in the seasoning to thoroughly coat all of your meat. I usually rub a little high-heat oil over the meat, too. We use this steak rub in our grilled steak recipe.

We also use this seasoning blend to make our favorite steak marinade. It’s fantastic. We mix it with extra garlic, lemon juice, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce to create an outrageously flavorful marinade.

This seasoning blend can also be used for other proteins like chicken, pork, and turkey. And my current favorite use for it: veggies! Honestly, this is my current go-to veggie seasoning.

For more homemade seasoning blends, look at our Cajun seasoning, our homemade mushroom powder, this easy seasoned salt, and our homemade chili powder.

Homemade Steak Seasoning

Best Steak Seasoning

  • PREP

This homemade steak seasoning is quick to make and has a long shelf life. The combination of coriander, dill, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt brings out the steak’s natural flavors.

Makes 8 tablespoons

You Will Need

1 ½ tablespoons whole black peppercorns

1 ½ tablespoons whole coriander seeds

1 tablespoon dried dill

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons Italian herb blend or Italian seasoning, like McCormick

1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt, like Maldon

1 teaspoon Cavender’s Greek Seasoning or generic all-purpose seasoning like Mrs. Dash

1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or red pepper flakes


    1Place the peppercorns and coriander into a skillet over medium heat. Toast just long enough to become fragrant, about 3 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

    2Add toasted peppercorns and coriander to a resealable bag and smash with a rolling pin. Alternatively, use a mortar and pestle or spice grinder if you have one. When they are cracked and smashed, mix them with the remaining spices.

    3Store in an airtight jar, in a cool, dark place, for up to 1 year. When using, we use 1 tablespoon of the seasoning blend for 1 pound of meat.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 tablespoon / Calories 16 / Total Fat 0.3g / Saturated Fat 0.1g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 685.5mg / Carbohydrate 3.6g / Dietary Fiber 1.3g / Total Sugars 0.1g / Protein 0.7g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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8 comments… Leave a Review
  • Booguy63 July 9, 2023, 9:50 pm

    Impressionnant, vraiment WOW!!! Ma conjointe la préfère aux épices achetées. Et de loin bien meilleur, en ce qui me concerne. Simple et savoureuse. Ce qui est merveilleux, on peut ajuster les épices selon notre goût.Merci.

    • Adam July 10, 2023, 12:06 pm

      So glad you and your wife enjoyed it 🙂

  • Richie Rose July 2, 2023, 9:01 pm

    I think it was auto correct Mortar and Pestle not Mortal and Pestle

    • Adam July 3, 2023, 10:27 am

      Thanks for finding that mistake! Just fixed it 🙂

  • Sean July 2, 2023, 9:54 am

    Better than storebought? Two of the ingredients are storebought mixes! Nice clickbait.

    • Adam July 2, 2023, 11:55 am

      Hi Sean, Thank you for your comment. When we say better than store-bought, we mean that this seasoning blend surpasses any pre-packaged steak seasoning you can find in stores. The two blends (or similar) you mentioned are likely already present in most people’s spice cabinets. Our suggestion is to combine a variety of spices for an even more exceptional result. Hope that clarifies it for you!

  • Rich July 2, 2023, 8:03 am

    Can this be used when smoking brisket?

    • Adam July 2, 2023, 11:49 am

      Hi Rich, this seasoning would be great for smoking brisket.


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