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My Fave Steak Seasoning [Dry Rub]

May 30, 2024
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Meet my go-to homemade Dry Rub Steak Seasoning recipe—it's packed with flavor thanks to garlic, onion, and aromatic herbs like rosemary + thyme. Ready in just 5 minutes.

My Fave Steak Seasoning [Dry Rub]


For a steak that knocks your socks off ---- a generous sprinkle of My Fave Steak Seasoning [Dry Rub] is a game-changer. Use it on grilled or pan-seared steaks, veggies, salmon + more! This easy-to-make seasoning mix comes together in minutes and will keep in your pantry for months. Ready in just 5 minutes. Vegan, Nut-free + Gluten-free.

Seasoned steak on a brown wood plate.

Y'all after so many years of creating recipes for Orchids + Sweet Tea, I finally got around to sharing my pan-seared steak recipe. And you know what that means—time to spill the beans on My Fave Steak Seasoning [Dry Rub]! With summer in full swing and cookout season here, this blend of flavors like smoked paprika, rosemary, thyme, onion, garlic powder, and more is about to become your new go-to!

Steak dinners are a staple during the warmer months, and this seasoning takes them to the next level. But what's even better is that you can use it on practically anything—I'm talking chicken, lamb, even sides like fries! Speaking of sides.... my faves to to with steak a refreshing Smashed Cucumber Salad, a hearty Southern Potato Salad, and some perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts.

My steak dry rub seasoning is made with just a few basic pantry staples—nothing fancy, just deliciousness! I always whip up a big batch to have on hand for those spur-of-the-moment summer cookouts. The best part is that it takes only 5 minutes to make and it's so versatile and can be used for both meat + plant-based options.

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What is Dry Rub Steak Seasoning?

Dry rub steak seasoning is a blend of herbs, spices, salt, and sometimes a hint of sweetness, all made to enhance the flavor of your steak --- Unlike liquid marinades, dry rubs are simply rubbed onto the surface of the meat before cooking, allowing the flavors to infuse as it cooks!

Seasonings on a brown wood plate with a spoon.

Why You Will LOVE My Fave Steak Seasoning

  • Infuses your steaks with smoky, garlicky, savory goodness with a hint of sweetness
  • Made with simple pantry staples -- a fresh and additive-free seasoning blend made right in your own kitchen.
  • Perfect for impromptu cookouts + grilling sessions
  • Elevates the flavor of your steaks + more to mouthwatering levels!!
  • Takes only 5 minutes to whip up!

How To Make My Fave Steak Seasoning

Creating your own Homemade Steak Seasoning is as easy as bringing together all your spices and giving them a good mix! In just 5 minutes, you'll have a flavorful blend that's ready to elevate your dishes. Here's what you need:

Ingredients

HOMEMADE STEAK SEASONING:

  • Smoked paprika. Infuses a smoky undertone.
  • Sea salt. Enhances overall flavor.
  • Coarse black pepper. Provides a pungent, spicy element.
  • Garlic powder. Adds a savory kick.
  • Onion powder. Imparts a subtle, sweet onion flavor.
  • Brown sugar. For a hint of sweetness.
  • Cumin. A warm, aromatic essence to the blend.
  • Dried thyme + rosemary. Earthy, aromatic notes.

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Seasonings stirred together on a wood plate with a spoon.

How Much Steak Seasoning Should I Use?

When it comes to seasoning steak, there's no exact science. Just sprinkle enough seasoning to cover both sides of the steak. Start with a light dusting, then add more if you like things extra flavorful. Trust your taste buds and adjust to your liking!

How To Season Steak With Dry Rub

Seasoning steak with a dry rub is easy-peasy! Here's a simple guide to get those flavors just right ---

Prep the steak --- Pat your steak dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. This helps the dry rub stick better to the meat.

Apply the rub --- Sprinkle the dry rub evenly over both sides of the steak. Use your hands to gently press the rub into the meat, ensuring it adheres well.

Let it Rest --- Once seasoned, let the steak sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat. This also helps the steak cook more evenly.

Cook as Desired --- Grill, pan-sear, or broil the steak according to your preference. The dry rub will create a flavorful crust on the outside of the steak as it cooks.

Serve + enjoy --- Once cooked to your desired doneness, let the steak rest for a few minutes before slicing. Then, dig in and enjoy the deliciously seasoned steak

Steak seasoning on a brown wood plate with a spoon.

How Do You Know When Your Steak Is Ready?

While some prefer to rely on the "feel" of the steak over time, I personally choose not to take any chances. I prefer using a meat thermometer to ensure my steak is cooked exactly the way I like it! The internal temp guide is:

  • Medium Rare (soft, dark pink inside): 130°–135°
  • Medium (soft, some pink inside): 140°–145°
  • Medium Well (firm a little pink inside): 150°–155°
  • Well Done (very firm, no pink inside): 160°–165.

Keep in mind that the meat's temperature will increase by 5-10 degrees during the resting period! You can learn more about beef safety + tips HERE!

To learn more about how to perfectly cook your steak see my Pan Seared Steak recipe with all my tips + tricks!

Seasoned steak on a brown wood plate with seasonings on the side.

Dry Rub Steak Seasoning Q + A's

Can i make this Steak Seasoning have a more smokey flavor?

If you'd prefer more of a bolder smoky flavor, simply add another ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika to the mix.

Can i make a bigger batch of this recipe?

Definitely! This recipe makes for about 2 servings worth of this seasoning blend. To make a larger batch, feel free to double or triple the ingredients.

How long will homemade steak seasoning last?

When stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, it can retain its flavor for up to 6 months.

Does this seasoning need to be refrigerated?

It is not necessary to refrigerate the seasoning as long as it is stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Can I Use Dry Rub Steak Seasoning on Other Meats?

Absolutely! Dry rub steak seasoning can be used on various types of meat, including chicken, pork, lamb, and even seafood. It adds delicious flavor to grilled or roasted meats of all kinds.

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Seasoned steak on a brown wood plate.

My Fave Steak Seasoning [Dry Rub]

May 30, 2024
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For a steak that knocks your socks off ---- a generous sprinkle of My Fave Steak Seasoning [Dry Rub] is a game-changer. Use it on grilled or pan-seared steaks, veggies, salmon + more! This easy-to-make seasoning mix comes together in minutes and will keep in your pantry for months. Ready in just 5 minutes. Vegan, Nut-free + Gluten-free.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients

STEAK SEASONING:

  • 3 Tbsps smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsps sea salt
  • 2 Tbsps coarse black pepper
  • 2 Tbsps garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon organic brown sugar
  • 2 tsps cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

Instructions

TO MAKE THE SEASONING BLEND:

  • In a bowl, mix together the smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, cumin, thyme, and rosemary until combined.
  • Store seasoning blend in a tightly sealed mason jar or seasoning jar at room temperature.
  • Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: You can store the leftover seasoning blend in an airtight container or tightly sealed mason jar at room temperature for up to 6 months. You can use it on my Pan Seared Steak Recipe!
  • BIGGER BATCH: This recipe makes for about 2 servings worth of this seasoning blend. To make a larger batch, feel free to double or triple the ingredients. 

Nutrition

Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 3498mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2609IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

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