Simple Steak Salt Rub – perfect for grilling any steak!

Grilled steak…… there is very few other foods that I anticipate more than a perfectly grilled steak. Whether it is a striploin, ribeye, T-bone, filet mignon or other steak, I

There are many different ways to grill a steak using rubs, marinades and BBQ sauces, but I prefer quite simple. The rub that I use on steak is quite simple and uses just three ingredients. The main ingredient for the rub is salt. Rubbing a decent amount of salt on a steak just before it goes on the grill does more than just add flavour. The salt and any other seasoning helps to create a nice sear and crust on the surface of the steak. While this provides a wonderful taste on the surface of the steak, it also keeps the juices inside the meat to create a wonderfully juicy steak!

Basic Steak Rub Seasoning

The best salt for rubbing on steak is a coarse salt. I used some Windsor Coarse Kosher Salt. I always keep a box of coarse kosher salt in  Windsor Salt has just recently had a brand refresh with a new logo and packaging. While it is a new look, it is still the same great salt product!

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To go along with the salt, I use only two other ingredients on my steaks. Fresh ground black pepper and red chili flakes are added to the salt and they further enhance the flavour of the beef. I prefer this minimalist type of spice rub as it does not over complicate the flavours but raises the beefiness of the steak.
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While some people like to rub the seasoning on the steak and let it brine for 15-30 minutes, I personally prefer to rub the seasoning on just before steak goes on the grill.

Simple Steak Salt Rub - perfect for grilling any steak!

Author Steve Cylka


  • 4 tbsp of coarse kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp red chili flakes


  • Mix together the 3 ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Preheat grill to high.
  • Rub the spice mixture on both sides of the steak.
  • Place on the grill and cook for a few minutes per side. Cook until preferred doneness for steak.

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The photo above shows the grilled steak with a spoonful of fresh chimichurri on top. The recipe of the chimichurri will be posted soon!

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Disclaimer – This post is sponsored by  Windsor Salt. While I received compensation for this post, all the thoughts are my own.

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.

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