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Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning in a glass jar with a spoon inside.

Homemade Steak Seasoning is one of those staple recipes I’ve been using for 10+ years, but never posted.

Why? I figured everyone had a steak seasoning they liked and maybe the Internet didn’t need another version.

But almost every time I mention steak seasoning on Instagram, someone asks me if I make my own and where my recipe is.

Here it is!

Homemade steak seasoning is made from several common ingredients -- ones you might already have!

Luckily homemade steak seasoning is easy to make. Most steak seasonings have the same basic ingredients — lots of peppery spices, garlic, onion, and a touch of herbs

This version is similar to the “Montreal” style steak seasoning you find at the grocery store, but without the soy-based fillers.

Just pure herbs & seasonings here.

Homemade Montreal style steak seasoning being mixed together in a white bowl with a spoon.

The best thing about making your own spice blends is that you can tweak them to your liking.

Want it spicier? Add more pepper flakes!

Want it NOT spicy AT ALL? Take them out!

Want it more peppery? Pepperier? (I’m doubting that’s a word.) Add more black pepper!

Easy, versatile homemade steak seasoning -- with all ingredients you can pronounce and no fillers!

DIY Montreal Steak Seasoning ingredients

  • Sweet paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • Granulated garlic
  • Dried minced onion
  • Ground coriander
  • Dried dill
  • Red pepper flakes

How to make Montreal Steak Seasoning

Combine all of the ingredients into a lidded jar or container. Shake well and store at room temperature.

Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning substitute and variations

I love making my own seasoning because it can be customized however you like it!

Spice level – add more red pepper flakes or leave them out.

Love pepper? Add more black pepper.

How to use this Steakhouse Seasoning Recipe

Steak seasoning is super versatile and NOT just for seasoning steaks — although it does a great job at that! Here are a few of my other favorite uses for it:

  • Sprinkle it on frozen burger patties to boost their flavor before you grill them! Or mix it into homemade burger patties.
  • Mix a pinch or three of steak seasoning into some paleo ranch with a squirt of BBQ sauce for some awesome smoky BBQ Ranch Dressing.
  • My favorite Smoky BBQ Chili calls for steak seasoning — it’s a crazy good, easy chili that’s done in about an hour!
  • Use it as a dry rub for pork or chicken. It’s not just great for beef! I rub it all over my EASY Instant Pot Ribs and pork roast when I make Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork.

How to store DIY Montreal Steak Seasoning

This seasoning can be stored in a jar or lidded container for up to three months. When it becomes less fragrant I would say you should make a new batch.

Montreal Seasoning Recipe FAQs

What is the difference between Montreal and Chicago steak seasoning?

Montreal and Chicago contain the same ingredients, but Chicago tends to contain more pepper flakes which makes it spicier.

Should you rub seasoning into steak?

Yes, I like to rub this onto steak when using it as a dry seasoning.

How long should you let seasoning sit on steak?

Apply seasoning at least 10 minutes before grilling your steaks.

DIY Montreal Steak Seasoning

DIY Montreal Steak Seasoning

Yield: Scant 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Homemade steak seasoning is versatile and easy to make with spices you probably already have.


  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 1/4 cup Kosher salt
  • 3 Tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons dried dill
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a lidded jar or container. Shake well and store at room temperature.


Nat's Note: If you don't have Kosher salt, use 3 Tablespoons pink Himalayan salt.

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