All Purpose Seasoning

All purpose seasoning can come in handy, no matter what you are cooking! Whether you're making roast chicken, pork chops, or cooking fish, you can use this tasty seasoning mix to add flavor to your dish.

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All Purpose Seasoning Recipe

Sometimes, I can be so busy that I don't even have time to follow a recipe. Grabbing individuals spices and herbs out of the spice cabinet and measuring them out would just be too much time.

Those are the days when I'm glad I have a delicious homemade spice blend to use! This perfect blend of everyday spices can be used on all types of meat and with any cooking method. I've use for anything from grilled chicken thighs, to pork tenderloin.

The very basic flavors season meat well while still providing a neutral base that can pair well with other flavors. So, if you want to add a marinade or sauce into the mix, you can still use it with this all purpose seasoning!

Sure, you can buy a nice all purpose seasoning salt at the grocery store, but it's so easy to make your own! I love to make my own seasoning mixes, like homemade burger seasoning because it's easy to adjust the flavors to my preference.

This perfect blend of spices will come in handy for so many dishes! It will bring your favorite dishes to a whole new level of flavor.

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Why You'll Love this Recipe

All purpose seasoning mix is the best way to quickly season a dish. I love to make a big batch and keep it on hand:

  • This easy recipe uses simple ingredients and no preservatives or additives. Even your favorite brands may use things to keep their seasoning shelf stable, but when you make your own you won't need to worry about that!
  • Homemade seasoning blends can be used for a wide variety of different things. I love to keep versatile seasonings ready whenever I need them.
  • You can make this seasoning with basic pantry staples that you likely already have on hand. No fancy ingredients required!


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Homemade seasoning blends like this one don't require too many ingredients. Here is what you need to make all purpose seasoning:

  • dried thyme
  • dried rosemary
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • salt
  • pepper

Substitutions and Variations

You can swap out dried thyme and dried rosemary for other herbs like dried oregano, parsley flakes, dried rosemary or dried basil. This is especially useful if you know what style of flavoring you're shooting for in your dish. Going Italian? Rosemary is great! Want more Mediterranean flavors? Then throw in some basil.

For a smokey twist on this all purpose blend, use smoked paprika.

Sometimes I like to add extra flavor to this mix with some onion powder or dehydrated onion flakes. You could also swap the garlic powder for minced dehydrated garlic.

You can use kosher salt, pink salt, mineral salt or whatever style of salt you prefer. They'll all work great! If you like a little extra salt flavor, mix in a pinch of garlic salt.

For some spicy kick, you can use chili powder or red pepper.

How to Make All Purpose Seasoning

It is really easy to make your own all purpose seasoning. Many chefs have a signature house seasoning in their kitchens, and now home cooks can too. Here is how to make your own perfect blend:

Spices in a wooden bowl on a table.

Combine all of spices in a small mixing bowl, or pour them carefully into a mason jar. Make sure you carefully measure each ingredient so that the balance of flavors is perfect.

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Then stir until each of individual spices are well combined together.

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Use your seasoning mixture immediately, or transfer it to a spice jar or airtight container for storage.

How to Store All Purpose Seasoning

Just like other seasoning blends, this tasty mixture should be stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. For best results, transfer it to an airtight container, like a mason jar or other glass jar, then store in the spice cabinet until needed!

Uses for Homemade All Purpose Seasoning

While you can use this blend in any recipe that calls for all purpose seasoning, it can also be used in a variety of other ways!

Sprinkle over some veggies like grilled zucchini and squash to add extra flavor. It can also be used in something like my roasted vegetables recipe! Oh, and it's delicious on grilled asparagus.

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Season any kind of meat with this blend too. Chicken drumsticks, chicken breasts, and sheet pan chicken and veggies are all delicious with this blend. I love to use it on grilled shrimp, salmon, and even a hearty steak.

But aside from simply seasoning a dish, you can use this is marinades and salad dressing too! It would be an easy way to make a grilled chicken marinade, and would also be tasty in a honey vinaigrette.

There are a million different ways to use a homemade all purpose seasoning blend, so don't be afraid to get creative!

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Tips for Success

Here's a few simple tips to making the best seasoning blend:

  • Be sure you are using clean and dry tools to mix together your spice blend. The bowl and spoon need to be dry so that there is no excess moisture in the all purpose seasoning.
  • To extend the shelf life of your seasoning, add an oxygen absorber to the storage jar. This will help keep it fresh too!
  • If you substitute any ingredients, be sure to give the seasoning a taste before you transfer the finished product to it's storage container. You can easily adjust the levels of any ingredients and make it absolutely perfect before storing.


What is the most important ingredient in all purpose seasoning?

Salt is the most important ingredient in all purpose seasoning. It helps bring out the flavors of each herb and spice in the mixture so that the dish you are seasoning is flavored well. However, it is important to use the proper amount of salt. Too much salt and it could be overpowering, too little and it may not be flavorful enough.

Is all purpose seasoning the same as allspice?

No, all purpose seasoning is not the same thing as allspice. Although the name says "all", allspice is an individual spice with a warming and spicy flavor. It is often used in holiday recipe. Whereas, all purpose seasoning is made of multiple different herbs and spices and can be used in a wide variety of dishes and recipes.

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All Purpose Seasoning

This delicious all purpose seasoning only requires six ingredients and a few minutes of your time. It doesn't get much easier than that!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 tablespoon
Author: Madison Wetherill


  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoon dried rosemary finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Add dried thyme, dried rosemary, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper to a mixing bowl or mason jar.
  • Mix thoroughly until well combined.
  • Use immediately or transfer to airtight container or spice jar. Store in a dry place.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 212mg

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