All-Purpose Seasoning Blend

updated Jun 20, 2020
summer
All-Purpose Seasoning Blend

A savory mix of spices perfect for seasoning meat, vegetables, and more.

Makesabout 1/3 cup

Prep5 minutes

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Spices are in individual bowls on a marble, kitchen surface.
Credit: Kristin Teig; Food Styling: Catrine Kelty

All-purpose spice blends are a busy cook’s secret weapon. Often made with a combination of salt, pepper, dried garlic, dried onion, dried herbs, and savory spices, these blends can be used to season everything from burgers and chicken breasts to potatoes to shrimp.

Now, I’m not asking you to give up your favorite bottled blend (I’m looking at you, Montreal), but I am asking you to consider making a homemade batch too. Not only can you customize it to your liking, but, for anyone in need of a last-minute Father’s Day gift, it also makes a great homemade present (that they’ll use practically every day).

Credit: Kristin Teig; Food Styling: Catrine Kelty

Why You Should Make Your Own House Seasoning Blend

The allure of a spice mix is that once the individual spices are combined, it’s a one-stop shop for seasoning. Plus, it takes just five minutes to assemble, and is made up of spices you likely already have in your spice cabinet.

Consider the recipe below a guideline — a starting point for your own house blend. As written, the spice mixture is peppery, but not spicy, thanks to freshly ground black pepper and red pepper flakes. The addition of savory spices like paprika, dried dill, garlic, and onion add an incredible depth of flavor to burgers, chicken, potatoes, and more.

Using Your All-Purpose Seasoning Blend

Here are a few recipes to get you started.

All-Purpose Seasoning Blend

A savory mix of spices perfect for seasoning meat, vegetables, and more.

Prep time 5 minutes

Makes about 1/3 cup

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons

    kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons

    paprika

  • 1 tablespoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon

    dried minced garlic, or 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon

    dried minced or chopped onion, or 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 2 teaspoons

    ground coriander

  • 2 teaspoons

    dried dill

  • 1 teaspoon

    red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 2 tablespoons paprika, 1 tablespoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic, 1 tablespoon dried minced onion, 2 teaspoons ground coriander, 2 teaspoons dried dill, and 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes in a jar and shake to combine.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Store seasoning blend in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 months.