Top 7 Steak Rub Recipes

A lot of people will tell you that a great steak needs no more flavor than a kiss of flame and a pinch of salt. The truth is that any steak, whether a great cut or an inexpensive chunk of beef, the right seasoning is key to getting something spectacular. These rubs and spice blends are specifically formulated to work perfectly on beef, enhance but not overpowering flavors, and take the kind of intense heat that a steak needs. So before you grill that steak, pick one of these great spice rubs and...MORE season generously. 

The best method for seasoning a steak is to pat it dry with a paper towel and apply the spice rub generously. What the meat holds is the amount needed. Let the steak sit with the rub on at room temperature for 30 minutes. This will allow the flavors to absorb and the meat to rise in temperature.

  • 01 of 07
    Herbs de Provence Steak Rub
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    This is my absolute favorite go-to steak rub. This recipe calls for Herbs de Provence. If you don't have any on hand, simply use dried thyme, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, or sage, either alone or in some combination to your liking. The real secret here, however, is the allspice with enhances flavors without standing out in any way. 

  • 02 of 07
    Ingredients of a cumin steak rub
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    If you watch a lot of cooking shows you might think that Cumin has become an overused spice and you might be right, with the one exception of a great steak. Cumin ground the beef flavor of a steak while helping to produce the perfect crusty surface. 

  • 03 of 07
    A steak with a Tomahawk steak rub
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    A Tomahawk Steak, also to referred to as a cowboy steak, is a very large (30-45 oz) bone-in ribeye. This cut is for the serious steak lover, and this rub recipe will make the experience even better. With a hint of earthy Indian spices, this well-rounded rub will provide a nice crust while bringing out the natural flavors of the meat. Add a steak topper for a truly memorable experience.

  • 04 of 07
    A steak with a dry chimichurri rub
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    Chimichurri is, of course, a sauce, but this dry rub takes those flavors and puts it quickly and easily right onto your steak. This is a fast way to season a steak for the grill that is loaded with flavor.

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  • 05 of 07
    A steak with a Montreal rub
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    How Montreal became the king of spice blends is anyone's guess, but spice maker McCormick has been selling these blends for years. There are probably hundreds of recipes for this seasoning, but they are all based on the same idea. Heat and flavor without all the floral herbs of many old world blends.

  • 06 of 07
    A steak with a spicy Tomahawk rub
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    A delicious, spicy rub for tomahawk steaks. While this rub is for larger steaks, it can be used on smaller cuts as well. This rub is perfect for any cut of beef. The small amount of brown sugar brings a touch of sweetness and helps to caramelize the surface of the meat under intense heat. 

  • 07 of 07
    A steak with simple seasoning
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    If you're looking for a quick and easy steak seasoning, then look no further. Double or even triple the recipe and store seasoning in an airtight container for future cook-outs. You will probably want to use this for a lot more than just steaks.