Try my ultimate steak rub for the best steak of your life.
A good steak starts with a good rub. My favorite steak rub will do the job! I recommend making up a large batch and use it as needed.
What you’ll need to make my Ultimate Steak Rub:
Coarse salt: kosher or Argentinian salt
Coarse black pepper: aim for a medium grind
Paprika: *see notes below
How to use this Ultimate Steak Rub:
-The general rule of rub usage is to use 1 tablespoon of rub per 1 pound of meat. This recipe makes enough for 2 pounds of steak.
-Brush steaks with a little oil, and season both sides of the steak. Cook as directed
Double or trip the recipe as needed. I recommend making up a large batch and storing it in an airtight jar in the cupboard. The mixture will last for a year or more if stored properly. These spice jars are my favorite for storing homemade rubs.
Notes on spices:
Paprika: In case you were wondering, there are, in fact, different types of paprika. First, there is sweet paprika, which is essentially “garnish” paprika. It adds color but isn’t overpowering, has a slightly sweet flavor that works well on anything from cooked meats to sauces, and appetizers like cheese dips or deviled eggs. Sweet paprika is my favorite variety to use for recipes like my ultimate steak rub.
Second, we have hot paprika, or what is known as Hungarian paprika. This type of paprika adds a punch to whatever you’re cooking. It’s well suited for heartier stews, and deep richly flavored meats. Hot paprika is more akin to powdered cayenne than to sweet paprika. Finally, we have smoked paprika or Spanish pimenton. These peppers are wood smoked, dried, powdered, and ready for use. This type of paprika is quite strong. I usually recommend mixing it with sweet paprika to even out the flavor. However, some folks love the rich, deep, earthy flavor of smoked paprika.
Herbs: Of course, you can use herbs in a steak rub, but before you add anything, think about the flavor profile you’d like to build. If you’re looking for something with a Tuscan feel, use a little dried basil or oregano. If you feel that more floral or pine flavors are suited to your palate, use a little rosemary, sage, or a spice blend like Herbs de Provence. Dried marjoram and savory are also great additions.
Ultimate Steak Rub
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper aim for a medium grind
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- If you don’t have a pepper grinder, substitute with 1 1/2 teaspoons fine ground black pepper.
- Combine all rub ingredients in a small bowl. Transfer to an airtight container and use when needed—double or triple recipe for future cooking.
- Apply rub onto both sides of steak and around the edges—cook as directed.
Photos by: lisovskaya and monkeybusiness/ Depositphotos, Sabrina Baksh/derrickriches.com