In this post: Add instant flavor to your barbecued steaks this summer, with this fabulous homemade steak seasoning.

Add a kick of flavor to your steaks with this homemade steak seasoning! Garlic, thyme, and sea salt give amazing flavor while the paprika helps with gorgeous color and presentation. Impress friends and family alike, or even just yourself, with this tasty seasoning. 

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What is steak seasoning?

Steak Seasoning is a simple herb and spice blend that brings out the best flavors in steak, particularly when barbecued! 

The main ingredients in most steak spice blends are salt and pepper, but garlic, paprika, and thyme are also perfect additions.  

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s easy and quick to make
  • You can save space by keeping a mixture of spices for steak, rather than individual spices
  • It can easily be adjusted to suit your individual tastes
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Steak Seasoning Ingredients

  • Sea Salt – Sea salt is made from the evaporation of ocean or seawater. It’s processed much less than table salt and retains trace minerals.
  • Black Pepper – Made from a flowering vine, black pepper is dried and used as a spice or seasoning. 
  • Garlic – One of my favorite seasonings, a species of bulbous flowering plant in the Allium family. (Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, etc.)
  • Paprika – This is a spice made from dried and ground red peppers.
  • Thyme – Thyme has its own unique flavor and smell. You can adjust the amount in the recipe to suit your own tastes. 

Variations on the Recipe

  • You can change things up and add or subtract the seasonings you wish. For example, you can add:
    • onion powder
    • parsley for a little fresh taste
    • cayenne pepper for a little heat
    • rosemary for an herby vibe
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How to Make Steak Seasoning

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Spoon into prepared jar and use to season your steak as needed! 

What is Steak Seasoning Used For?

Steak spice blends are used for seasoning beef, typically steak, of course. But you can also use it to flavor vegan versions of beef, stuffing, soups, stews, gravy, or vegetables!

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Tips

  • If you want even more flavor, you can add a tablespoon of onion powder or dried onion.
  • If you don’t have paprika, you can skip it as it’s mostly for color more than anything. If you would like to add flavor with your paprika, use smoked paprika instead. 
  • Store in a sealed container in the pantry for up to a month. Do not freeze.
  • If you like the herby vibe with your steak, add a tablespoon of dried rosemary to the mix as well. 
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Steak Seasoning Recipe FAQs

Here are the answers to some commonly asked steak spice questions. 

Should you season steak before cooking it?

Yes! Steak is always best when seasoned before cooking.

If you can, let your seasonings marinate the steak in the fridge overnight. If you’re short on time, season non-frozen steak for at least 30 minutes before cooking.

Does this recipe have salt in it?

Yes, it’s one of the best seasonings for tasty steak.

How much should I use?

Use about 1 tablespoon per steak.

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How to Store Your Homemade Steak Spice Blend

You can store your homemade steak seasoning in an air-tight container in your pantry or on a spice rack. Any sealed jar will do. But I love these little spice jars

If stored in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight, this steak spice mix will keep for 6 months to a year. Although its potency may diminish the longer it’s stored. 

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten-free (if gluten free spices are used)
  • Dairy-free 
  • Vegan (although if you put it on steak it’s not!)
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Homemade Steak Seasoning

Yield: 5 tablespoons
Prep Time: 1 minute

Add a kick of flavor to your steaks with this homemade steak seasoning! Garlic, thyme, and sea salt give amazing flavor while the paprika helps with gorgeous color and presentation. Impress friends and family alike, or even just yourself, with this tasty seasoning.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Thyme

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until fully combined.
  2. Store in an airtight jar and sprinkle liberally on steak before barbecuing.

Notes

  • If you want even more flavor, you can add a tablespoon of onion powder or dried onion.
  • If you don’t have paprika, you can skip it as it’s mostly for color more than anything. If you would like to add flavor with your paprika, use smoked paprika instead.
  • Store in a sealed container in the pantry for up to a month. Do not freeze.
  • If you like the herby vibe with your steak, add a tablespoon of dried rosemary to the mix as well.

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