Dried porcini mushrooms aren’t just for soups, stews and sauces. They’re great in dry rubs too, adding earthiness and mouth-watering umami to grass-fed beef. Here’s a simple example recipe, easily modifiable to suit your taste.

Ingredients Serves: 3

  • 1 T Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 t Garlic Powder
  • Approx. 2 T Dried Porcini Mushrooms
  • 1 t Salt



Combine all ingredients in a spice grinder, or bladed coffee grinder. Grind into a fine powder.


A few hours before you’re planning on cooking your steaks, apply the rub. Pour some of the powder onto the steaks and massage it into the meat. Add more as necessary to ensure a thin but even coating.


Put the rubbed steaks in a plastic bag or other covered container and store them in your fridge for a few hours to further develop their flavor.


Cook the steaks as you normally would on the grill, stove, in the oven, under the broiler, etc.