For the longest time Montreal's population was largely made up of British and French immigrants and this area was the birth place of Montreal Steak Spice (also called Montreal Steak Seasoning or Montreal Steak Rub). This wonderful steak seasoning fuses the British cravings for beefsteaks with the French flair for seasoning and the end result is a robust flavor explosion.
Some foodies credit the French and British descendants for this steak blend while others believe it was created and perfected by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Legend has this seasoning used in the first delis in Canada dating back in the early 1900's.
Montreal locals also enjoy a hoagie (or sub sandwich) called the Montreal Steak Sandwich which is made with flank or skirt steak that using Montreal Steak Seasoning as a rub. This seasoned meat is then cooked in a skillet with mushrooms and onions.
In addition to your favorite cut of steak this coarse seasoning can also be used on oven baked fries and is also a palate pleasing hamburger seasoning. Like any great regional seasoning there is no one way in choosing the ingredients as these recipes will vary from family to family. But there is certainly a foundation that each blend will share.
Ingredients: Coriander seed, coarse black pepper, red bell pepper, onion, garlic, dill, coarse sea salt, caraway seed, thyme and lemon peel