Three Easy Steak Rubs to Spice It Up

Three Easy Steak Rubs to Spice It Up

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Normally, we tell everyone that with Pre steaks all you need is a little salt and high heat oil to get the perfect bite. But steak rubs are always good too!

We stand by this but every once in a while we get a craving for a little sliced top sirloin on a taco salad or some turmeric rubbed New York Strip with kale mashed potatoes. 

A good steak rub can add extra flavor and a nice crust. A rub also allows you to cater the flavors to your personal taste buds. Depending on what you have in your pantry, ingredients for a quality rub are always at your fingertips. We pulled three of our favorite steak rubs including our turmeric rub, our classic chili rub, and our Jamaican jerk rub. 

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Read more: How to Cook Steak on the Grill


Our 3 Favorite Steak Rubs 

1. Turmeric Steak Rub 

Turmeric rubbed steak on top of kale mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts.


  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil (or other high heat oil)



  1. Stir together steak rub ingredients in a small bowl: oil, pepper, turmeric, chi
  2. Rub dry steak all over with spice/oil mixture. 
  3. Preheat skillet to medium-high. Cook steak in the skillet for about 4-5 minutes each side. Pull from skillet and let rest for 7 minutes before slicing. 
  4. Slice steak against the grain and serve! For full recipe click here.


Read more: How to Grill Ribeye Steak


2. Chili Steak Rub 

  Chili rubbed New York Strip steak with corn salsa. 


  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp smoky paprika
  • 3 tbsp grapeseed oil (or other high heat oil)



  1. Make the chili rub by mixing all the ingredients into a small bowl. Add the oil last. This should create a thick wet sand mixture that will stick to your strip steaks. 
  2. Oil grill grates with a paper towel or basting brush, then place steaks onto hot sections of grill. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side and then move to a low heat zone to finish the remainder of cooking. 
  3. If rub starts to burn, simply put a piece of foil underneath the steaks. Cooking until internal temperature reads 100-110. Then remove from grill. 
  4. If using a cast iron on the stove, preheat cast iron to medium-high and cook steaks for 4-5 minutes on each side. Let rest for 7 minutes.  
  5. Serve steaks whole or sliced. Find the full recipe with Corn Salsa here.


    Read more: How to Grill a New York Strip steak


    3. Jamaican Jerk Steak Rub Recipe

    Jamaican Jerk Skewers on top of a bowl of sliced peppers and tomatoes.


    • 1 tsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp paprika
    • 1/8 tsp allspice
    • 1/2 tsp oregano
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt (Redmond's Real Salt is our favorite)
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp cayenne
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
    • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil (or other high heat oil)


    1. Preheat a cast-iron skillet or non-stick skillet to medium-high heat.
    2. Prepare the rub. Combine all spices in a small bowl.
    3. Add oil to the spices to make a paste-like mixture.
    4. Rub the spice mixture all over the steak.
    5. Place into greased hot skillet. If your steak is 2" thick let it cook for 5 minutes on each side for medium-rare.
    6. Let rest for 6 minutes on a cutting board.
    7. Slice the steak into thin strips. For full Jamaican Jerk Skewer Bowl recipe click here.


    Read more: How to Grill a Top Sirloin steak 


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