7-Pepper Seasoning Steak Recipe (Longhorn Steakhouse Style)

Gabriel Woods
Published by Gabriel Woods
Last Updated On: June 28, 2024

Seven pepper seasoning is a spicy and bold blend of ground peppers, onions, and garlic that tastes great on stir-fry, pasta, seafood, and steak.

I have used my experience as a chef to create a version of this classic seasoning that will bring heat and flavor to your meals.

So, cook this seven pepper steak seasoning recipe for your next dinner, and your taste buds will thank you.

Recipe Overview

7 Pepper Steak Seasoning: top view
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Number of Servings: 4



  • 2 bell peppers, any color, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 tablespoon ground green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground yellow pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 4 best steak cuts, about 1 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons butter

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Rubbing the meat with seasonings
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground white pepper, ground red pepper, ground green pepper, and ground yellow pepper to create the seven pepper seasoning mix.
  2. Rub the steaks on both sides with the seven pepper seasoning mix, ensuring they are well-coated. Let the seasoned steaks sit for about 15 minutes to absorb the flavors.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Place the seasoned steaks on the grill and cook to medium-rare, about 4-5 minutes per side, depending on thickness and desired doneness. Turn halfway through so the other side gets a good char.
  4. While the steaks are grilling, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the bell peppers to the pan and sauté until tender yet slightly crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Season the peppers with a pinch of salt and a dash of black pepper.
  5. Remove the steaks from the grill and allow them to rest on a cutting board for a few minutes to retain their juice. Serve the medium-rare grilled steaks with the sautéed bell peppers on the side, and enjoy the juicy, flavorful steaks with the kick of seven peppers.

Recipe Notes

A raw steak full of spices
  • Adjust the amount of ground peppers in the seasoning mix depending on your spice preference for a milder or spicier flavor. Also, minced garlic can be used in place of garlic powder for an extra flavor kick.
  • This seven pepper seasoning can also be used on burgers, stir-fry, or even grilled vegetables for an extra burst of flavor.
  • For a more flavorful steak, brush the steaks with a little olive oil before seasoning.
  • If you have leftover steaks, you can refrigerate them for up to 4 days [1]. You also can freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months [2]. To reheat the steak, you can either cook it on a skillet over medium heat until warmed through or microwave each piece for 1 minute per side.
  • Always make sure to check the internal temperature of your steak before serving to make sure it reaches the perfect doneness to your taste. Keep in mind that the USDA recommends you cook to an internal temperature of 145° [3].

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

  • Calories: 75
  • Total Carbs: 6g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Net Carbs: 4g

"A medley of peppers infuses not just spices and heat, but a depth of flavor that dances on the taste buds."

- Julia Child, American Chef

What to Serve With 7 Pepper Seasoning?

A close up shot of crispy onion rings

Here are some sides that complement the flavors and textures of the seven pepper seasoning:

  • Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Zest: The subtle bitterness of asparagus on the grill is a delightful contrast to the spiciness of the seven pepper seasoning, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
  • Crispy Onion Rings: The crispy and slightly sweet onion rings provide a satisfying crunch, adding a textural element that complements the tender, juicy steak.
  • Baked Portobello Mushrooms: The earthy and meaty taste of cooked portobello mushrooms complements the steak's flavors, adding depth and a hearty element to the meal.
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob: The sweetness and slight char from grilling corn on the cob provide a delightful contrast to the spiciness of the seven pepper steak seasoning. The juicy kernels offer a burst of freshness with every bite.
  • Baked Hasselback Potatoes: The crispy edges and soft interior of the Hasselback potatoes complement the steak perfectly. The 7 pepper seasoning seeps into the crevices, making each bite flavorful and satisfying.
  • Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette: The light and refreshing salad balances the richness of the seasoned steak. The tangy balsamic vinaigrette adds a zesty element that cuts through the robust flavors.
  • Grilled Zucchini and Squash: The tender and slightly charred zucchini and squash bring a subtle sweetness to the meal. Their mild flavor allows the seven pepper steak seasoning to shine while adding a pop of color to the plate.
  • Creamed Spinach: The creamy and velvety texture of the spinach complements the bold flavors of the seven pepper seasoning. The richness of the cream balances the heat, creating a harmonious combination.
  • Rice Pilaf: The nutty flavor of the rice pilaf pairs perfectly with the earthy notes of the steak. This side dish is a great way to add variety and texture to the meal.


How Do You Get Seasoning to Stick to Steak?

To get the seasoning stick to the steak, ensure the steak's surface is dry by patting it with a paper towel. If desired, you can rub the steak with a small amount of oil, then apply the seasoning, pressing it gently into the meat to adhere effectively.

Can You Put Olive Oil on the Steak Before Seasoning It?

Yes, you can put olive oil on the steak before seasoning it. It helps the pepper, salt, paprika, and other spices adhere to the steak and promotes a nice sear during cooking. For more richness, add butter to the meat after it is done.


  1. https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/How-long-can-I-keep-meat-in-the-refrigerator
  2. https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/How-long-can-you-freeze-beef
  3. https://www.fsis.usda.gov/food-safety/safe-food-handling-and-preparation/food-safety-basics/safe-temperature-chart
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Gabriel Woods
Chef/Food Editor
Gabrielle Woods holds a BSc degree in Hospitality Management with a summa cum laude distinction from the University of Santo Tomas, majoring in Culinary Entrepreneurship. She helps clients achieve specific fitness goals through protein-based meal prepping. She believes cooking is both an art and a science best done with a balance of tradition and innovation.
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