Gluten-free Steak Rub Recipe

A good steak really only needs salt and pepper and a hot grill or cast iron skillet. A good steak however can be really expensive. I love to use more flavorful marinades or rubs when cooking some of the more cost effective cuts like top round or london broil. This is a wet steak rub and is reminiscent of the flavors that go into South African farmer’s sausage. It gives just a hint of flavor that most people here in the US have not had before, but reminds me of my childhood πŸ™‚

Steak Rub (enough for about 3 pounds of steak)


ΒΌ cup of olive oil

4 teaspoons of ground coriander

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1 Β½ teaspoons of onion powder

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 Β½ teaspoons of salt

ΒΌ teaspoon of ground black pepper

3 Tablespoons brown sugar

2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar


Mix all ingredients together in a gallon storage bag. Place the steaks in and make sure to cover them with the rub. Allow to sit for at least 20 minutes before cooking. Cook to your liking. I like to cook it about 4 to 5 minutes on each side for a rare to medium rare finish for about a 3cm thick steak. Allow to rest for 7 to 10 minutes before cutting.

Serve with some easy polenta or grilled cheesy potatoes, like this one from The Recipe Rebel. I made a version of it last night, minus the bacon and it was so easy and delicious!!

Add some asparagus or grilled corn (shuck, rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper then grill, turning frequently) and you have a great barbecue dinner.

Make sure you check if the spices are gluten-free. According to McCormick, they will list it on the bottle if it contains gluten, usually in spice blends. Badia is certified gluten free and can be found usually in the international section of many grocery stores, but sometimes next to the other spices.

What is your favorite way to cook a steak?

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20 thoughts on “Gluten-free Steak Rub Recipe”

  1. I really like this! I never thought of using cloves in a steak rub! Can’t wait to use this for our steaks this weekend! Thank you so much! Always looking for gluten free recipes for my hubs!

    1. It is delicious! You just have to be careful with ground cloves. That is why there is so little in the recipe. A little goes a long way! Hope he likes it!

  2. This looks really yummy. Grilled stake in my country is called “Suya” I am not really sure what spices are used but I am sure of salt and Pepper (The pepper is specially made for the stake) It’s absolutely delicious. Love it!

  3. That’s looks like a really good combination of flavors–a nice way to change up the flavor of steak a bit. I’m looking forward to trying it. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! It is the typical set of flavors for my favorite South African farmer’s sausage that my dad I would make together. I love to use it for different things like this steak rub and in burgers. Let me know if you try it!

    1. Badia is great! I have found that different grocery stores carry different amounts of Badia. Here in the Boston area, I have found them at most grocery stores, but stores with larger ethnic food sections tend to have more. They even have GF food coloring, whole spices and marinades!

  4. This is such a great tip. Great steak only requires salt and pepper in a hot pan, but you can save money with coupling a cheaper piece of meat with a delicious rub or marinade. One of my favorite things to do is take a cheap piece of meat and make it taste amazing. It is what my grandparents used to do and now you see fancy restaurants doing the same! I will definitely try your rub!

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