Montreal Steak Seasoning
Montreal steak seasoning is a staple spice blend in my household. Many times I start with that, in addition to salt and pepper whenever I am making a beef recipe. Being a prepper and a homemaker, I love learning to make staple spice mixes and condiments for myself.
Because oftentimes, I already have the spices in my pantry. Why pay someone else to put them together when I can do it myself?
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Montreal steak seasoning is said to have originated in a Montreal-based deli somewhere between 1940 and 1950, where an employee started experimenting with making his own blend of spice mixes.
It was so popular that customers started asking the deli to sell it so they could use it at home. No one really knows what is in the original version, and the ingredient list on the jar is pretty vague.
Here is my version!
Montreal Steak Seasoning Ingredients
Salt, 2 tablespoons
Minced Onion, 1 tablespoon
Minced Garlic, 1 tablespoon
Fennel Seed, 1 tablespoon
Pink Peppercorn, 1 tablespoon
Black Peppercorn, 1 tablespoon
Paprika, ½ teaspoon
Dill, ½ teaspoon
Garlic Powder, ½ teaspoon
Onion Powder, ½ teaspoon
Red Pepper Flakes, ¼ teaspoon
Montreal Steak Seasoning Directions
In a mixing bowl, combine all of the listed ingredients above. Mix until well-combined.
Store in a mason jar or similar air tight container in a cool dark place.
When you are ready to use it, shake well, then place some in this spice grinder and use the desired amount.
Montreal Steak Seasoning Notes
The original recipe I found that inspired me to try making my own Montreal steak seasoning contained cumin. However I didn’t like that mix, and decided to experiment. The cumin in it reminded me too much of Mexican food versus beef recipes.
I would encourage you to use my recipe as a base and add or subtract ingredients to find the perfect mix for yourself. That was the part I found to be really fun, as I had my husband, Nathan, in the kitchen helping me with it.
This Montreal steak seasoning is totally customizable. Allergic to onion? Leave it out! Want more kick? Add more dried chili flakes. It is easy to experiment with it, and this gives you a great base to find the perfect blend for yourself.
Why I Love This Recipe
This Montreal steak seasoning isn’t restricted to just steak. It can be used to season almost anything, and is delicious.
It is beyond easy to make, and is a really kid-friendly recipe for littles wanting to help out in the kitchen. Teaching them to make something from scratch versus just buying it in the store is a great start to them becoming budget-conscious adults. It also gets them involved, learning how to measure and mix ingredients. Those are memories that will last a lifetime.
Making my own Montreal steak seasoning saves me money. I’m all about ways to save money, especially with inflation and gas prices the way they are right now. Why pay someone else to make something I can do myself at home, especially when it is so simple?
This spice blend also makes a great gift for father’s day or the holidays, for anyone who loves grilling meat.
Have you tried making this Montreal Steak Seasoning yourself at home? Do you ever experiment with making your own spice blends? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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