Sweet Montreal Steak Seasoning

It’s said that “variety is the spice of life.” Given the variety of spices in this mix, you know it will add a lot of life to anything it touches! We’ve sweetened this classic blend but preserved the unique flavour that’s made it a Canadian legend. You won’t believe how delicious it is on your favourite dishes, and for anyone who loves to grill, it’s a must-have.

Prep Time
15 minutes
A lidded glass jar full of sweet Montreal steak seasoning shown with a raw, seasoned steak on a cutting board, a bowl of brown sugar, and a bowl of spices.

Mortar and pestle OR spice grinder OR food processor (small) fitted with the metal blade

Scale OR dry measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Medium bowl



Airtight container

1¼ cups
  • 4 pcs dried bay leaves, hard stems removed
  • 3 tbsp (30 g) kosher salt, divided (see Chef’s Tips)
  • 3 tbsp (27 g) black peppercorns, whole
  • 5 tsp (9 g) coriander seeds, whole
  • 5 tsp (10 g) dill seeds, whole
  • 5 tsp (10 g) chilli flakes
  • 3 tbsp (30 g) garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp (12 g) sweet paprika (see Chef’s Tips)
  • 5 tsp (20 g) onion powder
  • 2 tsp (4 g) smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup (54 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, packed

Step 1

Break the dried bay leaves into several pieces and place them into a mortar and pestle. Add 1 teaspoon (about 3 grams) of kosher salt into the mortar. Grind together until the bay leaves are finely ground into a powder (see Chef’s Tips).

Step 2

Add the black peppercorns and crush until coarsely ground. Add in the coriander seeds, dill seeds, and chilli flakes. Grind until all seeds are at least cracked open and the spices are well combined.

Step 3

In a medium bowl, carefully whisk together the remaining kosher salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and smoked paprika until thoroughly mixed.

Step 4

Add the spices from the mortar and pestle and the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar into the bowl. Mix until well combined.

Step 5

Transfer the Montreal Steak Seasoning into an airtight container, and store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or heat.

A platter of grilled and sliced steak and grilled vegetables with a lidded glass jar of sweet Montreal steak seasoning shown with barbecue tongs on a limestone counter.