What Is Montreal Steak Spice?


Montreal Steak Spice is a dry spice rub that was originally created to flavor steak and other meats. It was made famous in Montreal, Canada. Over time, it has become a marketing term for a number of commercial spice mixes. 

The recipe can vary, however it usually includes ingredients such as pepper, salt, garlic powder, coriander, dill, red pepper flakes, paprika and onion powder. 

what is montreal steak spice

Some attribute the mix to tracing Montreal Steak Spice to first being used at Montreal’s Schwartz’s Deli in the 1940’s and 1950’s which was used to season and preserve smoked meats by the deli’s owner. It became so popular that eventually customers started asking for the same. The popularity of the rub became well known throughout Montreal delis and steakhouses to season their steaks similarly.

Today the classic mix has become somewhat of a multi-purpose seasoning. It can be used to flavor oven-roasted potatoes and fries, vegetables, pasta and of course most any meat you can think of. Give it a try and let us know your favorite use for Montreal Steak Spice. 

To Use Steak Seasoning As A Dry Rub:
Rub the dry rub mixture generously on the steak 30 minutes to 2 hours before cooking. Grill or cook as you normally would according to your desired level of doneness.

To Use Steak Seasoning A Marinade:
Mix 4 teaspoons of seasoning with 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of soy sauce. Pour over meat and let soak for at least 30 minutes before cooking.

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Montreal Steak Spice

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Spice Mix
Keyword: montreal steak spice


  • mixing bowl


  • 2 tbsp whole black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp dill seed
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes


  • In a small bowl, combine ground pepper, salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, ground coriander, dill seed and crushed red pepper flakes. Cover and store in an air tight container.

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