Outback steakhouse seasoning

Are you looking to recreate the bold, peppery flavors from your favorite dish at your local steakhouse? Then you need to check out this recipe for steakhouse seasoning! This delicious steakhouse seasoning goes great with meats, french fries, grilled vegetables, and even some pasta dishes! 

This particular recipe is inspired by the seasoning used at Outback Steakhouse locations. The Outback Steakhouse was my favorite restaurant as a child and I love to pay tribute to my favorite childhood meals by incorporating a little bit of this seasoning into my home cooking. 

Outback steakhouse seasoning

What is in Outback Steakhouse seasoning?

What are the main flavors in this Outback Steakhouse style seasoning? Here are the spices that are used in this copycat Outback Steakhouse seasoning. 

  • Black pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • Onion powder 
  • Garlic powder 
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Nutmeg
  • Turmeric

Doesn’t the Outback seasoning contain 17 spices?

But doesn’t the Outback Steakhouse seasoning include 17 spices and herbs? Yes the Outback Steakhouse seasoning does contain more herbs and spices than this copycat seasoning. That being said, some of the spices are used in small quantities and some do not contribute as much to the flavor as others.

When we were developing this recipe, our main goal was to create a seasoning that captured most of the flavor of the Outback Steakhouse seasoning using as few spices as possible. That way you can make the seasoning at home with common herbs and spices without having to go out and buy a bunch of fancy herbs and spices that you may never use again. 

Outback steakhouse seasoning

What can you put steakhouse seasoning on?

What can you put steakhouse seasoning on? There are so many options! Here are a few of our favorite options. 

  • Meats. This one may be obvious, but this copycat Outback Steakhouse seasoning tastes great on grilled meats. We absolutely love to put it on steaks – after all it was inspired by a steakhouse. That being said, it also tastes amazing on chicken dishes.  
  • French fries. This is probably the most common use for steakhouse seasoning after meats. This copycat Outback Steakhouse seasoning tastes great on french fries. This is especially true of thicker styles of fries such as steak fries. 
  • Battered fried foods. This steakhouse seasoning also pairs well with fried foods. This especially true of foods that are battered and fried such as onion rings and mozzarella sticks. If you have ever had a bloomin’ onion at an Outback Steakhouse then you know what I am talking about. 
  • Vegetables. I love to put this steakhouse seasoning on charred vegetables. This seasoning goes great with any vegetable that is typically grilled. A few of my favorites are asparagus, onion, bell peppers, and potatoes. 
  • Pasta. This copycat Outback Steakhouse seasoning also goes great in creamy pasta dishes such as mac and cheese or Alfredo pasta. If you have ever had a creamy pasta dish at an Outback Steakhouse then you know how delicious the contrast between a smooth, creamy sauce base and a bold, peppery seasoning can be. 

What other spices go in steakhouse seasoning?

Here are a few other spices that go well in steakhouse seasoning if you are looking to, well, spice things up a little bit.

  • Cayenne. Ground cayenne pepper is another common ingredient in steakhouse seasoning. In fact, it is likely used in the seasoning used at the Outback Steakhouse. If you don’t mind a little bit of spice then we recommend adding a little bit of ground cayenne to your steakhouse seasoning. 
  • Celery salt. If you keep celery salt in your kitchen then you should consider replacing some of the regular salt with celery salt. If you love the taste of celery salt then you can even replace all of the salt with celery salt. 
Outback steakhouse seasoning
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Outback steakhouse seasoning

This is our take on the steakhouse seasoning used at the Outback Steakhouse.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, nut free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4 tbsp


  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tbsp turmeric


  • Combine all of the ingredients for the steakhouse seasoning then store them in an airtight jar along with your other spices.

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  1. 5 stars
    I was rather cautious putting the steakseasoning on my burgers. Took a bite of the first one and added more to the unseasoned side. There is a very small amount of salt, I should have realized that. But in my defense it’s easier to add more than try to unseason something.
    It is really a wonderful recipe!!!

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