Homemade Montreal Steak Spice

A good steak needs to be seasoned before grilling, and this Homemade Montreal Steak Spice is perfect for any steak!

Ingredients to make Montreal Steak Spice

When it comes to steak, everyone likes their steak cooked differently: rare, medium-rare, or medium. But the one thing everyone seems to agree on is that a steak needs to be properly seasoned before cooking. This Homemade Montreal Steak Spice has become our family’s favourite way to season steaks on the grill.

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Why Make Your Own Spice Blends?

Making your own spice blends can be cheaper than buying premade blends. There are other benefits as well.

When you make your own seasonings, you can control some of the ingredients that are in the blends. Salt is one ingredient that can be altered in homemade seasonings. We have purchased some premade seasonings that have contained so much salt that we ended up throwing out because it was too high in sodium.

Homemade seasonings are also great for any one who has an allergy to certain foods. This recipe contains mustard seeds which can be an allergen. They can be omitted if this is the case.

Ingredients For Montreal Steak Spice

This recipe is made from spices that are all easy to find. Usually, we buy these spices in bulk at Bulk Barn. This allows us to buy specific amounts because some ingredients are not ones we use a lot.

  • Whole peppercorns.
  • Coarse Kosher Salt.
  • Garlic powder.
  • Onion powder.
  • Coriander seeds.
  • Mustard seeds.
  • Dried dill.
  • Dried rosemary.

How To Make This Spice Blend

The peppercorns and seeds have to be broken down. A spice grinder makes this blend easier to make but it can also be made using a mortar and pestle.

All the other ingredients are added to the peppercorns and seeds after pulsing to break them down.

When making large batches of this spice, we pulse the ingredients in smaller batches before shaking well in a large mason jar.

How To Use Montreal Steak Spice

Even though it says steak spice, this seasoning can be used on so much more.

  • Beef. Everything from Brisket, Prime Rib and steaks can be seasoned with this spice blend.
  • Pork chops. This seasoning is great on pork chops.
  • Chicken. Use on chicken breasts or thighs before grilling.
  • Vegetables. We use this seasoning on vegetables on the BBQ. Place chopped carrots, potatoes, or any root vegetable in a foil pan, add pats of butter and seasoning with homemade Montreal steak spice before cooking on the BBQ.

How Long Does Homemade Montreal Steak Spice Last?

Although this is best used right away, it can be made in bulk and stored in a mason jar in the pantry for up to 3 months.

bowls of spices: salt, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, peppercorns, garlic powder, onion powder and dill, along with dried rosemary on a cutting board.

Homemade Montreal Steak Spice

Prep Time 10 minutes
Course seasoning


  • spice grinder


  • 3 Tbsp peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 3 Tbsp Coarse Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried dill
  • 1 Tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp coriander seeds


  • Pulse peppercorns and mustard seeds in a spice grinder until peppercorns are broken down but still coarse.
  • Mix peppercorns and mustard seeds with the remaining ingredients in a large mason jar.
  • Close jar with tight fitting lid and shake vigorously to blend all ingredients together.
  • Store in a cool, dry area for up to 3 months.

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