This steak seasoning recipe takes only 5 ingredients to get savory flavor cooked into all your favorite proteins!

It’s the perfect combination of salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, and thyme that can be used in dozens of ways!

Just measure the ingredients, mix and it is ready for adding to so many different recipes. Make a double batch for gifting, or to have it always on hand in the pantry.

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Savory Steak Seasoning

  • If you love Lawry’s Texas Roadhouse or McCormick’s Montreal brands, then this copycat recipe is just what you need!
  • Budget-friendly and totally customizable, this recipe uses the same ingredients found in your pantry without added fillers or preservatives!
  • Steak spice works with any cooking method. Bake picanha roast. Or, roast, grill, broil, or fry tomahawk ribeye steak! Use it for smoked meats, too. 
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Ingredients and Variations

Seasonings: Kosher and sea salt can be used in this recipe as directed. But feel free to experiment with infused salts like bacon, garlic, or onion salt that will add an even more robust flavor to steak seasoning. Either regular or smoked paprika will do, however, smoked paprika provides a more earthy depth of flavor. Granulated garlic is made from dried and finely ground cloves. Garlic powder is a good alternative, but if using garlic salt, reduce the amount of regular salt.

Variations: Use homemade seasoned salt instead of regular salt to really punch up the flavor. Other aromatics to consider are onion powder or dried onion, dried rosemary or sage, and a pinch or two of cayenne for a spicy kick. Even a little instant espresso will give steak spice a deeper, more robust flavor.

How to Make Steak Seasoning

Whisk all of the ingredients in a bowl and transfer to a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Label with the date and store in the pantry for up to 6 months.

Ways to Use Steak Spice

Used as a rub or mixed into a marinade, steak spice delivers classic steakhouse flavor with just a touch of smoky heat in burgers, tacos, fajitas, and even Philly cheesesteaks! Get creative and sprinkle a little on fried potatoes or add to cornbread muffins.

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Best Tips for Using Steak Seasoning

  • Use the same amount as you would for a store-bought Montreal (or similar brand) seasoning in your recipes.
  • To additional flavor, add a tablespoon of onion powder or dried onion, and try smoked paprika instead of regular paprika. For a stronger herb blend, add a tablespoon of dried rosemary to the mix as well. 
  • Save washing a whisk and a bowl and shake the ingredients in a large shaker jar before transferring them to a permanent container.
  • For best results on steak, use 1 tablespoon of seasoning per pound of steak. Generously season both sides, pressing it into the meat, and chill for up to 30 minutes in the refrigerator. If used as a marinade, you can chill for up to 2 hours.

How to Store Steak Seasoning

Steak spice can last longer than 6 months, but the flavor won’t be as robust. Store steak seasoning in a container that fits the amount to avoid unnecessary airspace which will degrade the flavor faster. I like to use small desiccant packets that prohibit moisture and clumping.

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Steak Seasoning Recipe

Give your steak and beef recipes robust, hearty flavor with just 5 ingredients.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Candace



  • In a small bowl, add all ingredients, and mixed until fully combined. Sift to remove any lumps (optional).
  • Store in a mason jar with a lid or another air tight container.


To make a bulk batch (makes just over ½ cup (10 Tablespoons):
  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt, or sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika, sweet or smoked
  • 2 Tablespoons thyme leaves
To make a larger bulk batch (makes about 1¼ cup (20 Tablespoons):
  • 4 Tablespoons kosher salt, or sea salt (¼ cup)
  • 4 Tablespoons freshly ground black pepper (¼ cup)
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated garlic (¼ cup)
  • 4 Tablespoons paprika, sweet or smoked (¼ cup)
  • 4 Tablespoons thyme leaves (¼ cup)
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 9 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 873mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 477IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Seasonings
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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