Italian Seasoning

Here’s how to make Italian seasoning! This tasty homemade mix is easy to make and perfect for adding big flavor to vegetables, fish, dips, and more.

Italian seasoning

There are so many foods that are made more perfect with Italian seasoning! If you love to cook, you’ve probably often used this blend of Mediterranean herbs. Did you know you can make homemade Italian seasoning? It’s a mix of 5 herbs and comes together in minutes. It’s a great way to use up odds and ends from your spice collection, and it makes lovely DIY gifts too. Use it to season fish and veggies, or simply sprinkle on olive oil and use as a dip for bread. Here’s how to make it!

How to make Italian seasoning

Italian seasoning isn’t used in Italian cuisine! There’s no official “definition” of it, either. It’s a spice blend that was created as a convenience for cooks to quickly add Mediterranean flair to dishes. Most mixes you’ll find at the store contain similar herbs: oregano, basil, and thyme being the heavy hitters.

For this recipe, we wanted to stay very simple, using ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. To make Italian seasoning, you’ll mix together the following herbs:

  • Dried oregano
  • Dried basil
  • Dried thyme (not ground)
  • Dried sage
  • Dried rosemary
Italian seasoning

A few notes

Dried thyme is sold two ways: in large leaves and finely ground. Make sure to use the whole leaf variety for this recipe!

You’ll also notice that unlike many seasoning blends, Italian seasoning does not contain salt. Keep this in mind when you’re using it to season food: it will need a little added salt for the flavor to pop.

How long to store homemade Italian seasoning

You can store your homemade Italian seasoning mix in an airtight container for 6 months to 1 year. Of course, it’s best when it’s the freshest! Spices last in a cool, dry place for 8 months to 1 year. You can use this spice blend to add new life to spices that you’ve had for a while.

Need spice organization tips? If your spice cabinet is overcrowded (like ours!), go to How to Organize Your Spices…the Minimalist Way.

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Ways to use Italian seasoning

Italian seasoning can be used on almost anything! There’s not much that’s not better with a sprinkle of it. Here are a few ideas for where to start:

  1. In olive oil as a dip: Sprinkle into olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and use to dip bread.
  2. Crackers or bread: Add to the dough of homemade crackers or flatbread.
  3. Pizza: Sprinkle on cheese pizza.
  4. White beans: Drizzle white beans with olive oil and add a few shakes.
  5. Sauteed veggies: Both sauteed broccoli and lemon herb cauliflower use this tasty seasoning.
  6. Roasted veggies: This easy sheet pan dinner features Old Bay and Italian seasoning.
  7. Shrimp: Add a sprinkle on grilled shrimpbaked shrimp, or sauteed shrimp.
  8. Salmon: Try baked salmon or cedar plank salmon plus a sprinkle and a squeeze of lemon.
  9. Potato Wedges: These Parmesan potato wedges would be even tastier with a shake or two.
  10. Salad Dressing: Try our Italian dressing or Greek salad dressing and mix in Italian seasoning to taste.

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, plant based, dairy free, naturally sweet, refined sugar free, low carb, and keto.

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Italian seasoning

Italian Seasoning


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutese
  • Total Time: 5 minute
  • Yield: About 7 tablespoons 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make Italian seasoning! This tasty homemade mix is easy to make and perfect for adding big flavor to vegetables, fish, dips, and more.


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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme (not ground)
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

Instructions

  1. Whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl. Transfer to an airtight container or jar. Store for 6 months to 1 year in a cool, dry place.

  • Category: Seasoning
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Italian seasoning, Easy Italian seasoning, Italian seasoning mix

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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