Steak is a protein-packed powerhouse food
that tastes great on its own. However, the right seasoning is essential to produce delicious results. What types of seasoning are best for steak, though?
Follow along as we explore some of the best seasonings for steak to help take your culinary creations to the next level. From classic salt and pepper options to more exotic blended spices, endless possibilities can add unexpected depth and character to your dishes.
What Is Steak Seasoning?
Simply put, steak seasoning is vital to every meat lover's culinary journey.
It’s a blend of various herbs, spices, and aromas that elevate the taste of succulent beef cuts to unforeseen gastronomical heights. The harmonious medley of ingredients in a steak seasoning enhances the meat's natural flavors. It also adds depth and complexity to each delectable bite.
While the composition of steak seasoning differs by regional flavors and personal preferences, the common fragrant and flavorsome contenders are salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried herbs, and paprika.
Best Types of Seasoning for Steak
When it comes to elevating the flavors of a succulent steak, the choice of seasoning can make all the difference. The key to achieving the perfect blend lies in balancing the natural taste of the meat with a rich medley of spices, herbs, and seasonings.
While we ultimately suggest purchasing ready-made steak seasonings (which we’ll explore below), here are a few ingredients critical to any great steak seasoning recipe.
Salt & Pepper
Salt and pepper is a timeless seasoning combination that packs a lot of punch. The savory salt crystals work their magic by enhancing the meat's natural flavors. The piquant notes of pepper add just the right kick to each bite.
Garlic & Onion Powder
These two ingredients' intense, robust flavors complement the savory, mouthwatering taste of a tender, seared steak. The rich spice of the garlic powder adds depth and a slight touch of heat. At the same time, the sweet and mellow onion powder enhances the meaty taste.
Paprika is a fantastic seasoning for steak due to its unique blend of flavors that perfectly complement the meat's richness. Paprika's smoky, slightly sweet, and earthy taste enhances the natural juiciness of steak, bringing out an incredible depth of flavor that your taste buds will enjoy. Furthermore, Paprika's mild heat helps to build a pleasant warmth in each bite.
This herb's piney and slightly bitter taste enhances the meat's natural flavors and helps tenderize it, producing a succulent, mouthwatering dish. Furthermore, rosemary's robust, earthy profile pairs exceptionally well with other seasonings and herbs. This makes it incredibly versatile in crafting a dynamite steak rub.
Oregano & Bay Leaves
The aromatic essence of oregano adds a delightfully earthy and slightly bitter taste to any steak. Fragrant bay leaves impart a subtle and unique sweetness to the meat. By creating a harmonious blend of these two robust herbs, you can unlock the full potential of a high-quality steak.
The chipotle pepper, essentially a smoked jalapeño, elevates the richness of steak. In addition, chipotle not only adds an irresistible kick but also pairs beautifully with other seasonings and herbs. Try it with onion powder or ground mustard for an extra kick.
Golden Steer Steak Seasoning
Don't have time to create your steak seasoning? The best seasoning is often already made for you to toss onto the meat. And luckily, we've got you covered when it comes to steak seasoning.
Discover the rich flavors and enticing aromas of our three main types of seasoning from Golden Steer Steak.
Imagine transforming your home-cooked meals into a dining experience that rivals the best Las Vegas steakhouses. With Sergio's Seasoning, you can do just that. This incredible blend of spices, crafted by Lead Butcher Sergio of the renowned Golden Steer Steakhouse, brings a steakhouse dinner's unique and indulgent flavors to your kitchen.
Each sumptuous ingredient melts together to create a proprietary blend that will elevate your culinary creations, including salt, spice, celery salt, onion, garlic, turmeric, and paprika.
Do you love bold yet harmonized flavors? This seasoning might be just what you're looking for. This citrus-forward blend marries the following flavors:
- Sea salt
To that, we add a touch of sugar, a spark of citric acid, and a hint of lemon oil and lemon juice. Simply put, our Bowtie Seasoning
strikes the perfect balance of sweetness, acidity, and heat.
A subtle kick of cayenne and a dash of turmeric gives this blend its distinguished touch of spice. While it's best used on seafood, it's great for any dish. It'll transform whatever kind of meat it comes into contact with.
Table 40 Seasoning
Step into the world of secret gatherings and clandestine flavors as you uncover the delicious secrets of our mob-inspired Table 40 seasoning blend.
Brimming with the rich heritage of its mysterious past, this unique whole-herb Italian blend introduces a great mix of onion, garlic, powdered tomato, thyme, rosemary, and Mexican oregano. The warm notes of ripe, succulent tomatoes further elevate the savory essence of any dish it graces.
Tips for Cooking a Steak with Seasoning
There's no denying the delectable allure of a perfectly seasoned and cooked steak. But how can you achieve that at home?
First, always choose a quality cut of meat
, such as a ribeye or filet mignon. Next, ensure your steak reaches room temperature before cooking. This will allow for even cooking and optimal taste.
Don't be afraid to experiment with a blend of ingredients when seasoning. You can use our ready-made seasoning or play around and make your own. Scared to add too much seasoning? A touch of garlic powder or smoked paprika can lend an unexpected dimension to any dish without taking it too far.
While cooking, it's crucial to avoid overcrowding the skillet and to sear your steak on high heat for around two minutes per side before finishing it in a pre-heated 400°F oven for approximately four to six minutes, depending on the cut's thickness and desired doneness.
Finally, let the steak rest for at least five minutes before slicing. This allows the flavorful juices to redistribute throughout the meat.
Buy High-Quality Steaks
Ready to taste different types of seasoning on various cuts of beef? Experience the remarkable taste and quality of USDA Prime steaks at Golden Steer Steak Company, an establishment with over six decades of expertise in butchering and cooking.
Every order is meticulously prepared, ensuring the freshest cut of meat. Then, it’s securely sealed and carefully shipped to preserve its delectable flavor. Taste the difference 60 years of experience brings and savor the delicious world of Golden Steer steaks