In fact, people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on premade spice rubs. The funny part is, you probably have all the ingredients to make your own custom spice rub at home.
I know we always have a bottle of Montreal Steak Seasoning on hand for homemade steaks.
I bet you’ll think this Steakhouse Steak Rub is better than anything in a bottle… at least better than a simple salt and pepper dry rub. LOL.
Steakhouse Steak Rub is a secret recipe that I received from a friend at a 5-star steakhouse. You won’t beleive how easy it is to make and how delicious your steak will taste!
There are a couple of things that set high-end steakhouses above the rest: prime cuts of beef, a broiler that can reach up to 1800 degrees, maitre d’hotel butter and steak rub.
And yes, most steakhouses use a broiler, not a grill, so throw that the notion that all delicious steaks need a flame right out the window.
While most of us won’t ever have an oven that reaches 1800 degrees, we can purchase a perfectly marbled steak and prepare maitre d’hotel butter and steak rub, both being relatively simple.
PRO TIP: Steak Rub makes an excellent gift. It is naturally preserved, has a long shelf life and can be made in large batches!
The dry rub will be the easiest out of the three. In fact, you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry to make the best steak rub recipe.
- Kosher salt
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Black pepper
- Celery salt
- Sugar (yes… sugar helps it caramelize and stick to the meat!)
- MY SECRET INGREDIENT- SEE RECIPE!
Simply combine all ingredients in a small bowl and and BINGO- you are ready to go!
This steak seasoning recipe can also be used on chicken or fish and I’ve even sprinkled this concoction on salads using a vinegar based dressing like Fresh Herb Vinaigrette or Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette.
And once… I even used it on bread for a smoky steakhouse garlic bread. It was divine and people raved about the unexpected flavors!
PRO TIP: Use this spice blend on anything from beef, chicken, seafood, fish, pork, vegetables, salads and even bread!
Steakhouse Steak Rub beef can be prepared in a cast iron skillet, in the oven or for grilled steak.
For best results, dry your steak well using a dry paper towel. People tend to want to rub it with olive oil to get the rub to stick, but it will just fall off. You really want a dry steak to get a good sear.
Massage steakhouse steak rub into your meat on both sides and wrap it in plastic wrap for at least 30 minutes, but up to 24 hours. This allows the salt to tenderize and flavors to marry.
You might have a little leftover, that is fine. Just discard it or store it in an airtight container at room temperature until the next time you want to prepare a delicious steak.
It might seem like a lot, but some will fall off naturally during the cooking process.
Don’t let it sit much longer, as the salt will get to a point where the beef will start to harden and just be plain salty instead of tenderized. In fact, you can even reduce the amount of salt, if desired.
I once accidentally left a nice beef tenderloin wrapped too long and the meat was basically ruined, totally over salted. I was embarrassed and also disappointed. Learn from my mistakes.
Also try it with our Mushroom Sauce for Steak!
If you like making your own homemade spice mixes, here are a few more you might like!
Tools for making homemade beef rub:
Measuring spoons– I admit to eyeballing the amount of my ingredients sometimes, but really, everyone should use measuring spoons.
Airtight Plastic Containers– Make a double, triple even quadruple batch and store it in airtight container. The salt will help preserve the mixture and it will stay fresh for months! If it lasts that long…
Questions you might have about how to make steak rub:
How far in advance should I apply steak rub? I would say 1-24 hours in advance. If you apply it early, the salt helps to tenderize and flavor the meat, however applied for too long and it can actually have the opposite effect.
One of the benefits of a rub versus a marinade is that you don’t need to apply it far in advance to reap the benefits of flavor. Make sure you dab your meat dry before applying, the massage into the meat.
Can I use table salt instead of Kosher? I shy away from using table salt, also known as iodized salt, in general. I don’t even buy it due to having a metallic taste.
The trouble with using the same amount of a smaller granule of salt is that you’ll actually get a much saltier flavor.
If you use a different type of salt, or a different size of salt grain, then I also advise cutting the amount in half. Fine sea salt is a good alternative.
Can I use brown sugar instead of white sugar? You sure can. Brown sugar has a hint of molasses and while I don’t prefer that on my steaks, you can certianly add it to yours. The best steak seasoning uses sugar, who knew?
What if I want a little heat on my steak? Looking for spice and not flame? Add 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
What is the best way to season steak? Oh, this is a matter of personal preference! I don’t think anyway is superior, it just depends on your mood.Steakhouse Steak Rub is a secret recipe that I received from a friend at a 5-star steakhouse. You won't beleive how easy it is to make and how delicious your steak will taste!
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Steakhouse Steak Rub
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Massage into your favorite cuts of beef and cook as desired.
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