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Sugar-Free Montreal Steak Seasoning

Sugar-Free Montreal Steak Seasoning is easy to make, and this is something I love to use to add extra flavor to grilled meats. This steak seasoning blend was featured in Spice Blends to Make for a Homemade Food Gift.

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Kalyn's Montreal Steak Seasoning (and Eating Steak on the South Beach Diet) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Montreal Steak Seasoning is a great way to add flavor to steak or other grilled meats, and I hate paying a lot of money for a spice mix when I have the ingredients and can make it myself. And sometimes the steak rubs you buy have added sugar, and I don’t like that either. So this post has my recipe for Sugar-Free Montreal Steak Seasoning; enjoy!

Steak is something a lot of Americans love, and of course nicely marbled steak is perfect for low-carb and Keto diet. But you can also eat steak on the original South Beach diet, although if you’re following South Beach you should choose steaks that are less than 10% fat. That’s not actually that hard to do, if you’re willing to do a little trimming. 

Kalyn's Montreal Steak Seasoning (and Eating Steak on the South Beach Diet) found on KalynsKitchen.com

I’m not a big steak eater, but I do eat it once in a while and recently I bought some steaks to cook for my dad and stepmother. You can see by looking that this Top Loin New York Steak is more than 10% fat. However, if you prefer less fat it’s easy enough to cut off the fatty parts and then there’s only a small amount of fat left. But trim the steak or not, your choice on that of course!

I’d been experimenting with a few different versions of Montreal Steak Seasoning that I found online to come up with a combination I really liked, so I rubbed the steak with a tiny bit of olive oil, followed by the steak seasoning blend, then cooked it on the grill, and the steak was delicious, even if I’m still finding meat to be very hard to photograph!

Grilled Steak

Other Montreal Steak Seasoning or Steak Rub Recipes:

Copycat Montreal Grill Seasoning from Coffee and Cornbread
Montreal Steak Seasoning from Chowhound
Spicy Steak Rub from The Spice Must Flow
Outback Steakhouse Steak Seasoning from Taming the Diabeastie

Tips from Other Bloggers about Cooking Steak:

The Finger Test to Check the Doneness of Meat from Simply Recipes
How to Turn Cheap “Choice” Steaks into Gucci “Prime” Steaks from Steamy Kitchen
How to Grill Steak Like a Texan from The BBQ Report
How to Cook Perfect Sirloin Steak from The Cottage Smallholder

Kalyn's Montreal Steak Seasoning (and Eating Steak on the South Beach Diet) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Sugar-Free Montreal Steak Seasoning Rub

Yield 32 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Kalyn’s Sugar-Free Montreal Steak Seasoning is perfect to add extra flavor to grilled meats!


  • 3 T Paprika (I used sweet paprika)
  • 2 T black pepper
  • 3 T salt (I used kosher salt)
  • 3 T garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
  • 2 T onion powder (or granulated onion)
  • 2 T ground coriander
  • 2 T dill weed
  • 2 tsp. Cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all spices in a small bowl and stir together.
  2. Store unused portion in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  3. When using, be careful to apply the steak seasoning with one hand and rub with the other so you don’t contaminate the unused portion.


Makes a little more than a cup, you could cut recipe in half if you don’t cook beef that often although it keeps for a long time. I used about 1 1/2 teaspoon of this mixture to season each steak.

Recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from many variations I found online.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 9Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 656mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Steak is a great dish dish for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, including any phase of the South Beach Diet if the steak is lean. In The South Beach Diet Supercharged the list of approved steak choices includes Flank steak, London broil, Sirloin steak, T-bone, Tenderloin (filet mignon), Top loin, and Top round. For low-carb or Keto diets, mosts any cut of steak will be great.

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    29 Comments on “Sugar-Free Montreal Steak Seasoning”

  1. Lydia, smoked paprika would be awesome!

    Amy and Joe, thanks for the vacation wishes. It’s the Denny Family Campout.

    Paula, never thought I’d say this, but actually it can be a pain to have people wanting to send you things. So many of them I don’t like, and then I feel guilty when I don’t ever mention it on the blog. I probably only mention 25% of the stuff I get, so if you see me writing about a product, you know I really liked it.

    TW, this was a fun experiment. I tried a couple versions before I hit on this mixture.

    Vanessa, I’m great. Counting down to retirement. We should do dinner when I get back in town.

  2. Ah yes, dry rub for steaks. So good. Photos of meat in general get my mouth watering. I think you did just fine. Thanks for visiting the blog. Good to know someone is reading 🙂 how are you?

  3. I’ve not done much in the past with rubs, so you’ve got me thinking about experimenting more.

  4. How cool that McCormick sends you products to try out! I think that’s awesome! My family loves grilled steak that’s been seasoned with Montreal Steak Seasoning, and so I’ll have to give your blend a try!

  5. Kalyn – Have fun on your vacation! Will be looking forward to the slaw recipe.

  6. Thanks, Kalyn. I’ll look forward to that slaw recipe. Have a wonderful vacation!

  7. I think a bit of smoked paprika might work well in this rub. I’ll try it!

  8. Amy, it’s Napa Cabbage Slaw with fennel. Recipe will be coming, but probably not this week, I’m going on vacation!

  9. What is the nice looking side dish on the plate? It looks like maybe a slaw…? I’m definitely going to try this recipe. My family loves to go out for a steak dinner but it’s so pricey. Maybe this will make our home grilled steak taste like the restaurants.

  10. Yikes, I am having such a busy day. Blogger is doing weird things with this post, like breaking where the “read more” break should be and adding a tiny little line under some of the text I’ve spent hours trying to find a mistake in the html but don’t see anything.

    Peter, didn’t mean to ignore your comment. I bet it would be a good seasoning on potatoes!

    Mallika, mustard and thyme on steak sounds good too!

    Cottage Smallholder, great post on cooking steak.

    Mrs. L, I do like the book. Whether I’ll do the exercises, we’ll see!

    Biggles, I don’t have one of those separate flashes or any other fancy stuff! I’ll just keep plugging along. My next photo thing needs to be one of those shutter dealies where you don’t have to touch the camera.

  11. Yeah, exposure can be dicey with high contrast foodses. Which is why I bought a shoe-mount flash, I can put light all over the darned place. POW !!!

    My favorite steak seasoning is salt with a jug of red mountain goofy.

    xo, Biggles

  12. Like you I wasn’t going to buy the book until I kinda looked through it and thought it might have some additional information (I own all the other SB recipe books). The exercises are pretty basic and you could probably find them elsewhere but the diet/exercise is all in one book which makes the entire process a bit better.
    And I love me some steak on the SB!

  13. Oh, I understand about the review.
    Your blog is great and it is nice to know about someone who is very public about their long-term success with south beach- inspiring!

  14. Greg, I don’t do book reviews on the blog (and don’t want to start because then publishing companies will be asking me to accept books to review even more than they already are, plus I try to keep the blog focused on recipes.) My policy is not to mention books unless I like the book enough to buy it myself. I did buy this book and really like the expanded food lists. I haven’t read enough of the rest of the book to comment on it, but I’m going camping this weekend and planning to take a closer look at it, especially the section about exercising and core exercises. I think Dr. Agatston is about my age, so I’m interested to see what kind of an exercise program he’s come up with.

    If you have the original South Beach book and use mostly traditional ingredients, and if you aren’t interested in the new exercise recommendations, you may not need the new book. For me, I feel like it was worth the money.

  15. Hi Kalyn

    This sounds like a wonderful recipe. And the steak looks good too!

    Thanks for the link. Much appreciated.

  16. Hello- since you mention the new supercharged book can you give a little mini review of it? I was thinking of purchasing it so a review of the content would be a big help.
    Thanks- Greg

  17. Just ate lean steak for dinner. Soooo good. I just whisked up some wholegrain mustard, olive oil, garlic and lemon thyme and poured it all over. I’ve saved your recipe now!

  18. Kalyn, Montreal Steak seasoning is the ultimate blend for steak (IMO) and I’ve found the Kansas City blend to be similar.

    Try the seasoning with a potato packet in the BBQ.

  19. Biggles, thanks for the tips. Your meat photos always look so drool-worthy! Will try getting closer. I did take some photos of a tri-tip I cooked after this one that I think are a bit better. I’m finding with meat I can get a better look if I have it alone on the plate and turn the exposure down one level. I think Elise gave me that tip. I don’t think it will work so well with other food on the plate though!

  20. Taking photographs of meat. Yeah, it can be a bit tough from time to time. The way I think of it is that Meat, is an Action Food. Unlike salad and greens, Meat is an Alpha food and wants to be on top and bold. Bring your shot in tight and only show a portion of the veggies or starch. Slice open as though you’re in the middle of devouring it. Sauces glisten, flatware is laid about. Meat doesn’t like to wait and hang out like bread & cheese do. Meat wants to go, like ‘right’ now.

    Oh man, I’m hungry.