What To Season Beef With?

Just before serving, sprinkle fresh herbs over meat for the best flavor. Fresh herbs like the ones below go incredibly well with steak, burgers, and any other grilled beef:

On roast beef or when added to stews, casseroles, and braises, dried herbs are delicious. Remember that dried herbs are more potent than fresh ones; typically, you need three times as much of the fresh variety as the dried variety. Dried herbs that taste particularly amazing with beef include:

Spices can be added to braising pots, stews, curries, and casseroles as well as directly to beef before it is cooked. We advise using a combination of herbs, spices, salt, and pepper when making a dry beef rub, and letting the rub sit for a few hours before cooking. The following spices taste great with beef:

The following spices taste great with beef:
  • Cumin.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Dark chilis.
  • Red pepper flakes.
  • Cayenne pepper.
  • Curry powder.
  • Mustard powder.

What Herbs & Spices Go With Beef?

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We raise cattle for beef, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we consume a lot of beef. Grilled steaks are always delectable, and ground beef is so adaptable. However, using the same herbs and spices repeatedly can become quite monotonous. The list of herbs, spices, and seasonings that go well with beef is provided below as a way for you to mix up the flavors you use in your cooking.

Check out these posts for lists of seasonings that go well with different meats that are free to print.

How Do I Season Beef?

Thinner beef cuts (such as steaks) can be well-seasoned with a marinade. In order to add moisture and flavor, larger cuts, like roasts, can be brined. For a rub, it is easy to combine a variety of seasonings in a small bowl (or purchase a premade spice blend). Use your fingers to rub the seasoning into the meat after liberally sprinkling it on with a rub.

You can also sprinkle dried seasonings on cooked beef. If you don’t cook dried herbs and spices first, they can be quite potent, so use caution when doing this.

We love basil on almost everything. Basil can give beef a nice “Italian” sort of flavor. Use it alone, or with a combination of oregano, rosemary, and thyme for even more flavor.

Bay leaves are excellent for flavoring a big roast. When cooking a beef roast, making beef stew or beef soup, add a few bay leaves to the broth. Just keep in mind to remove the bay leaves before serving it because they are unpleasant to chew on.

You can never go wrong with plain old salt and black pepper. Use this as a staple whenever you’re cooking beef.

If you like a little more heat, then cayenne pepper might be for you. Use this in place of – or in addition to – black pepper for a little more smoky heat.

Chili powder is another great way to get some spice into your meat. Go easy at first, it’s always easy to add more chili powder later, but you can’t take it out if you add too much!

We love cilantro in Mexican-inspired dishes. Use cilantro to season beef strips for fajitas or tacos.

Cumin & Curry Powder

If you like Indian flavors, you’ll enjoy cumin and curry powder. Use them sparingly if you aren’t used to them – cumin and curry powder can be overpowering!

Add some garlic to your slow cooker when you’re making a pot roast, throw some in a stir fry, or even mix some in with your ground beef. Roasted garlic, garlic powder, or minced garlic are always a good choice.

If you like an easy flavor, mustard or dry mustard powder is it. It packs a lot of punch with only a little bit of effort.

Onion, like garlic, goes with just about everything. It tastes great cooked alongside a roast, grilled as the topping for a steak, or combined with ground beef for tacos or sloppy joes.

If you love Italian seasoning, you’ll want to pile on the oregano! Oregano is one of the ingredients in most Italian seasoning blends, and it’s delicious with beef.

Most people think of parsley as a garnish, not as a flavor. But it can add a nice fresh flavor to any beef dish.

Rosemary is a classic herb to include in beef broth or in the pot with a pot roast. Toss in a few sprigs of fresh rosemary anytime you’re slow cooking beef, and you won’t be disappointed!

Sage usually goes with turkey or chicken, but it’s also delicious with beef! Add a little bit of dried sage to ground beef for a rich flavor.

Tarragon has a bit of an anise (black licorice) flavor to it. If you like anise, then you’ll definitely want to try a little tarragon in your next beef dish.

Thyme is so versatile. It mixes well with garlic, parsley, and sage. Try a combination of these the next time you make ground beef, or toss it in the broth with your next slow cooked roast.

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How to Season Beef


How should I season my beef?

Season the steak with salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides and the sides as well, leaving a visible layer of seasoning on each surface. Although it shouldn’t be excessive, the salt should cover the meat. In essence, the steak is donning a t-shirt made of salt and pepper.

What seasonings go best with beef?

Spices Inc. has a long list of its preferred seasonings for beef, including basil, bay, black pepper, cayenne, cumin, curry powder, dry mustard powder, garlic, onion, oregano, rosemary, sage, and thyme.

What enhances the flavor of beef?

Garlic, oregano, rosemary, sage, or a combination of these herbs and spices are excellent seasonings for beef. With the help of spices like paprika, lemongrass, and saffron, poultry is given a flavor boost. Spices like thyme, turmeric, and dry mustard powder can enhance the flavor of fish.

How do you season beef before cooking?

The best way to prepare and season steak is to liberally sprinkle both sides with salt about 45 minutes before cooking. Then, just before cooking, add your additional seasonings, such as black pepper and garlic powder, making sure to coat the steak on both sides.

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