Southwestern Cinnamon Steak Rub Recipe -
Southwestern Cinnamon Steak Rub Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Southwestern Cinnamon Steak Rub

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"The sweet and warm tones of cinnamon enhance the flavor of steak when combined with cumin seed, paprika, oregano and a touch of brown sugar in this Latin-flavored rub."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. In a small dry skillet, toast cumin seeds over medium heat 1-2 minutes or until aromatic. Remove from skillet. Crush seeds using a mortar and pestle, a spice mill, a clean coffee grinder or a rolling pin.
  2. Combine brown sugar with all spices. Rub spice mixture evenly on both sides of steaks. Cover loosely and refrigerate 15 minutes
  3. Broil or grill steaks until desired doneness.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 22, 2005

This turned out delicious! I didn't have cumin seeds so I used ground cumin instead. I cut down on the amount of garlic powder because I don't really like the taste of garlic powder and I used ground red chile powder instead of red pepper because it's available where I live. I will definitely use this rub again, no question.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 15, 2005

Nobody in my household enjoyed this Rub on their steak. Actually, they told me that I ruined a good steak.


19 Ratings

Dec 01, 2004

I tried this rub on my Christmas turkey last year and it was the best turkey the family said they ever had. I used it again this year for Thanksgiving and my husband asked if I could make it regularily instead of just at special occasions. Just rub it under the skin (use the whole amount) and cook as you normaly would.

Sep 19, 2008

We made this a long time ago with some un-flattering cut of steak and didn't care for it. But recently we made it with flat iron steak. Awesome.

Jul 11, 2006

VERY good. The spices blended perfectly together and it was so easy to make.

Mar 12, 2004

I would use a little less cumin.

Jan 25, 2010

Excellent rub when used on spareribs. Our family multiplies the recipe in order to generously cover the spareribs before they hit the grill. Nice alternative to bbq sauce.

Apr 30, 2008

This was excellent! I used 1 tsp. ground cumin instead of the seeds (because I didn't have them). Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. I broiled the steaks and they smelled great cooking! My boyfriend, who can be picky, was amazed with the taste! This is definitely a keeper! Thank you!


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  • Calories
  • 457 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.2 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 132 mg
  • 44%
  • Fat
  • 17.8 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 65.9 g
  • 132%
  • Sodium
  • 427 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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