Try these homemade seasoning blends! They’re fast and easy to make, all natural, and have incredible flavor—loads better than store bought.
Did you know you can mix up your own homemade seasoning blends? They’re fast, easy to make, and taste so much better than store-bought versions. Even better: it’s a fun project! They make for great homemade gifts: perfect as housewarming gifts or for holidays.
Once Alex and I started making DIY seasoning blends: we didn’t look back! There are so many tasty spice blends: taco, fajita, Cajun, Italian, Greek (a favorite), and even ranch seasoning for dressing and dip! Ready to mix?
First up in our seasoning blends: this All Purpose seasoning! It’s truly the best blend of flavors: a mix of savory, smoky and aromatic spices that makes for irresistible flavor. This one’s almost like a combination of Old Bay and Cajun seasoning, without the heat. Sure, it works on seafood: but it's truly all purpose! Try on chicken, meat, grilled or roasted veggies, and it will blow you away!
Try this homemade taco seasoning! Perfect for tacos or sprinkling on veggies or meat. It tastes incredible and is all natural: none of those preservatives or additives that are in the store-bought seasoning mix. Another benefit of homemade seasoning: you can control the salt!
This Greek seasoning blend is simple but absolutely full of flavor, featuring oregano, dill, garlic powder and onion powder! There are lots of store-bought Greek seasoning blends out there, but homemade seasoning blends skip the additives and preservatives of store-bought versions. Use this one just about anything: shrimp, fish, chicken, vegetables, and dips.
Get the very best Cajun flavor from the homemade Cajun seasoning! Cajun cooking uses lots of spices, so this blend is a shortcut. A batch of this homemade Cajun seasoning is full of a huge punch of flavor...and heat! It features paprika, garlic, onion, and lots of cayenne.
Try this homemade chili seasoning! This blend is perfect for adding to a batch of chili, but guess what? It's also incredible on roasted and grilled veggies, fries, stirred into dips: you name it! Try it on grilled broccoli or mix it into a mix of Greek yogurt and sour cream for a veggie dip.
Love the cozy, nuanced flavor of a great cup of masala chai or a chai latte? Here’s how to make an easy DIY blend of these chai spices! There’s a myriad of variations on the spices used in this classic Indian recipe. This recipe is a quick and easy mix that works for beverages like masala chai or for throwing into baked goods like cookies and muffins. It’s great to use for DIY gifts, too.
Contrary to what you might think, the seasoning doesn't have to come out of a packet. Meet this homemade fajita seasoning blend! It's quick and easy to make, using spices you might already have on hand. The flavor is unreal: vibrant and punchy (and it's not spicy).
There are so many foods that are made more perfect withItalian 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.
One of the most beloved of all seasoning blends is Old Bay seasoning! This American seasoning blend has seen a big rise in popularity lately: and for good reason. The flavor is unreal: one taste and you'll get a big savory punch, followed by intrigue: savory, herby and a hint of heat. It's fantastic on seafood and roasted veggies.
Love ranch flavor? Try this ranch seasoning blend! It's the key to creating a homemade ranch dressing or dip without the store-bought packet. That means it's all natural, with none of the additives or preservatives. It makes for the most beautiful, real-tasting ranch dressing you'll find.
Cajun food lover? Try this blackened seasoning blend! Wow, is this full of flavor! This Cajun-style spice blend features savory, spicy, and aromatic spices to make for the most irresistible flavor. Paprika, onion, garlic, and thyme mix with a hint of allspice and cloves...and of course, it finishes with a little heat!
Once you've tried this French herb blend, you'll want a sprinkle on everything. Try this homemade herbes de Provence! This seasoning blend with herbs found in the Provence region of France is perfect for sprinkling on fish, veggies or stews. It adds adds an herby intrigue that's irresistible!
That delectable blend of spices tastes like the memory of a fuzzy blanket and a mug of tea and a scented candle combined. This magic combination of 5 spices has the power to melt the heart of your grumpy boss or cranky mother in law. Once this life-altering substance hits your pantry: things will never be the same.
What's better than Everything Bagel seasoning? Get the magic of the bagel...without the bagel! Sprinkle a little on toast, eggs, pizza, and more! It's got just a few ingredients and is easy to make at home.
Here's a copycat of storebought seasoning salt! You probably already have most of these spices in your cabinet already. Many store bought seasoned salt recipes contain MSG. So why not make it at home? It's an all-natural spice blend that you can use for everything from grilled fish to roasted veggies.
How long to store homemade seasoning mixes
You can store your homemade seasoning blends in an airtight container for 6 months to 1 year. Of course, they’re best when they’re the freshest. Spices generally 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.
Best jars for spices
How to store your seasoning blends once you make them? Get some reusable jars with screw on tops. Here are best jars for spices that we’ve found! They have nice wide tops so your measuring spoons can fit in easily. We use the 4-ounce containers in our spice cabinet.
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 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.