Tasty Matcha Steak Rub

Matcha steak rub?! Sounds odd, right? Well, let me tell you, this is probably now one of my favorite steak seasonings. Not too intense of a flavor, a mild hint of almost Indian-like taste, this rub will have you coming back for more! Even the hubsters liked it, and he’s a steak purist! When I told him I made matcha steak rub, his first response was, “You didn’t put it on both steaks, did you?!” Yep, yep I did! Sorry! We were both glad it turned out far better than we had guessed.

Matcha can be a strong flavor, but so can steak, so together it’s a good balance. I’m actually surprised there aren’t more recipes out there combining meat and matcha, though I’m guessing it’s because most peoples’ initial reaction would be like my husband’s. I don’t fault them, I totally get it. How could something meant to be a beverage taste good on meat? Especially something so GREEN!

Not gonna lie, drinking matcha can remind me of rabbits, or horses, or any animal that eats grass. Good matcha is BRIGHT green, and can definitely have a more grassy flavor. The lower quality matcha I’ve bought, even more so.  Actually, supposedly that’s how you can tell the grade of matcha—by its color. The brighter it is, the higher quality, and I’m guessing a more subtle dimension of flavor too.

With summer coming, we will be out by the pool barbecuing almost every night, and I just can’t wait. What do you call cooking food out on your bbq? Grilling, barbecuing, cooking out…? It’s something we debate almost every month. I’ve ALWAYS called it BBQing, no matter what we are cooking or how we cook it. Tim always calls it grilling. Leave a comment below and let me know!

Tasty Matcha Steak Rub

  • Servings: 3 steaks
  • Difficulty: very easy
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1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

2 tsp Culinary grade matcha tea powder

1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder

What I Do

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Rub steaks with avocado oil and then generously rub seasoning into steaks, covering both sides. Press seasoning onto steak, making sure it sticks. Let sit in your refrigerator for 2-8 hours before grilling.

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