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Homemade All-Purpose Seasoning Recipe

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This all-purpose seasoning blend is the perfect mix of spices that all home cooks should have on hand. Made with everyday spices, this will elevate any meat, seafood, or vegetable recipe.

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I started making my homemade spice blends years ago once I realized what a pain it is to grab five spice bottles from the pantry, especially on busy weeknights. Rather than grabbing different spice bottles from the pantry every time you’re in the kitchen, take some time to make this spice blend ahead of time and use it as your everyday seasoning.

This homemade seasoning is incredibly easy to use and can be added to any dish to enhance its flavor. Simply sprinkle it on top of whatever you’re cooking, like burgers, fish, or chicken, or add it to your favorite soups and stews.

Be sure to try my homemade bbq seasoning and fish seasoning too.

What is all-purpose seasoning?

It is a blend of spices that can add flavor to any dish. The mix includes salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. These spices are in many recipes, and combining them all in one beforehand will add tons of flavor to your food.

The ingredients for all-purpose seasoning

seasonings in white bowl with measuring spoons next to it

This all-purpose seasoning blend only uses seven ingredients! Feel free to start here and add or sub as you wish. This recipe includes:

  • Kosher Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Black pepper
  • Dried Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper

How to make your all-purpose seasoning blend

Mix all ingredients and store it in an airtight container.

How to use all-purpose seasoning

You can use this seasoning to flavor any dish, whether it’s meat, stews, or snacks. Add all-purpose seasoning before cooking to flavor meat, vegetables, or fish and seafood.

If flavoring a stew, like stewed chicken or curry, add the all-purpose seasoning to the meats before making the stew. The same goes for meats like pork chops and ribs, add the seasoning to the meat prior to cooking. 

Use 2-3 teaspoons of all-purpose seasoning per pound of meat, seafood, or vegetables.

You can also sprinkle all-purpose seasoning on your favorite snacks, like crispy chickpeas or popcorn.

Instructions for storage

Store this DIY all-purpose seasoning in an airtight container. It will keep fresh for several months. Make sure to use dried spices that are not stale. Stale spices will lead to a blend with no flavor.  

Why make your own seasoning blend?

One of the benefits of all-purpose seasoning is that you control the ingredients. If you are trying to watch your sodium intake, then using all-purpose seasoning can be a great way to flavor your food without adding extra salt. All-purpose seasoning can also help to boost the flavor of any dish that might be lacking in flavor. If your food is starting to taste a bit bland, then adding all-purpose seasoning can help to give it a little boost.

homemade spice blend mixed with spoon holding spice up

Notes on all-purpose seasoning

  • Feel free to change up this seasoning to suit your taste. Use the herbs and spices you think will go best in your dish. Some suggestions include changing the herb from oregano to dried dill, basil, or crushed rosemary. If you want a smokier flavor, sub smoked paprika for the paprika in this recipe. You could add a bit of sugar for a sweet and salty blend.
  • The benefit of this blend is that you control the number of spices and salt. Make this blend salt free by eliminating the salt or drastically reducing it.
  • I use Kosher salt in this recipe but feel free to use any salt you prefer. If using table salt, you will need to lessen the amount of salt as table salt is denser and would lead to salty seasoning.
  • You’ll want to make sure you’re using dried herbs and spices, as this will allow your seasoning to be stored for longer.
  • Make a big batch or small batch by adjusting the amounts of ingredients.
  • Make sure that your ingredients aren’t stale. Rub a little of each between your fingers; if they release an aroma, they are good to use.

Looking for more homemade seasoning blends and sauces? Try these out:

 If you have tried this Homemade spice blend, or any other recipe on my blog, then please rate it and let me know how it turned out in the comments below!

homemade spice blend mixed with spoon sticking out and parsley on left
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Homemade All-Purpose Seasoning Recipe

This all-purpose seasoning blend is the perfect mix of spices that all home cooks should have on hand. Made with everyday spices, this will elevate any meat, seafood, or vegetable recipe.
Course Seasoning
Cuisine American
Keyword all-purpose seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 8kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container.
  • Use to season your meats, seafood, vegetables, and stews.
  • Use 1-2 teaspoons of seasoning per pound of food.

Notes

  • This makes about 1/3 cup of seasoning. 
  • The benefit of this blend is that you control the number of spices and salt. Make this blend salt free by eliminating the salt or drastically reducing it.
  • I use Kosher salt in this recipe but feel free to use any salt you prefer. If using table salt, you will need to lessen the amount of salt as table salt is denser and would lead to salty seasoning.
  • Make sure that your ingredients aren’t stale. Rub a little of each between your fingers; if they release an aroma, they are good to use.

Nutrition

Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 1397mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Jill Zinner

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

These seasonings are the go to seasoning I use all the time. Great idea to make a batch and store it. Thank you. I sometimes use a smoked paprika instead of a regular one. I also use McCormic for steaks and chicken...

Tanya

Thursday 11th of August 2022

Thank you Jill! So glad you liked the recipe :)