08 Jun

5, Plus One, Essential Herb and Spice Combos That Every Steak Enthusiast Should Know

By Kansas City Steak Company

One of steak’s greatest attributes is its versatility. It can be seasoned with salt and pepper, or dusted with a complex mix of herbs and spices that give off subtle hints/notes of an almost unending variety.

Ultimately, steak can end up pretty darn delicious no matter what route you go.

But, as delectable as almost all steak is, it still needs to be seasoned properly to achieve full mouth-watering glory. 

There are still the tried-and-true seasonings that every steak enthusiast should have saved in their brain bank and ready to withdraw at a moment’s notice.

So, we’ve got the five, and one extra, essential herb and spice combos to deposit for your flavorful future.


  1. Salt and Pepper: If you’ve always used a rub, or teriyaki or some attractive jar of spices that promised steak bliss, try just salt and pepper. You don’t have to be an arduous purist to enjoy the two most essential spices on your steak – and only that. Always salt before browning, but peppering before or after is an ongoing debate – so salt and pepper newbies might want a few extra steaks to experiment with. 


  1. Montreal Steak Seasoning: This combination of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, coriander, cayenne pepper and dill seed can differ a little depending upon the manufacturer or which online recipe you stumble upon. Regardless, this mix is considered one of the staple steak seasonings.


  1. Garlic lover’s rub: Mentioning garlic should almost be as basic as mentioning salt and pepper. That said, don’t miss out on having a solid garlic lover’s rub on hand for the right occasion. This recipe calls for 8 cloves of garlic, which is about 2 garlic cloves short in our garlic-loving minds.


  1. Basil-oregano rub: Basil and oregano are both excellent spices for steak. This rub combines both to give a complex and complementary flavor. It also calls for fresh herbs, which adds a little something.


  1. Three-pepper rub: For those that need a slap-yo-momma steak, try a three-pepper rub. The combination of white, red and black pepper adds plenty of heat without overpowering the meaty flavor.

Bonus Kansas City Steaks’ Original Steak Seasoning: We’ve learned a good bit about steak seasoning over the years, which has resulted in our own custom mixture of spices. If you’re looking for a tested one-shaker solution to all your basic steak seasoning needs, our repeat customers tell us we’ve done a pretty good job with this mix.