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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Your Own Steak Seasoning

Ready for seasoning! Photo courtesy
Allen Brothers.

 

Many people season a steak simply, with salt and pepper (see our chef’s technique for sprinkling salt from a height to get an even application). Some may add a bit of onion salt.

THE NIBBLE’s chef recommends a touch of cumin in addition to the salt and pepper. It adds a slight warmth and earthiness to the steak as it enhances the meat’s natural sweetness.

There are numerous steak seasonings in the supermarket’s spice rack, and budget-minded cooks make and bottle their own blends.

Here’s a steak seasoning recipe used by one of THE NIBBLE editors. It approximates the recipe of McCormick’s Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning, a favorite of many people (it gets a five-star rating from everyone on Amazon).

You can shake it onto just about any meat (including burgers and pork chops) or poultry; plus seafood, potatoes, vegetables, even popcorn, cottage cheese and dips.

 
HOMEMADE STEAK SEASONING

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons salt (too salty for us, so we cut it by half)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon dehydrated garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried fennel
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    Preparation
    Combine ingredients. Shake or rub 1 tablespoon of seasoning per pound of meat before grilling or broiling.

    The recipe makes 8.5 tablespoons of seasoning, enough for 8 pounds of meat (and some extra). If you don’t think you’ll use that much, you may want to cut the recipe in half.

    As with all spices and dried herbs, keep the seasoning blend in an airtight container away from light and heat.

    Check out more of our favorite seasonings in our Salts & Seasonings Section.

      





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