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Best recipe for homemade all-purpose seasoning blend


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This best recipe for homemade all-purpose seasoning blend was created by me when I was breastfeeding and couldn’t eat anything spicy AT ALL. This recipe is full of flavor and so so versatile.  You will want to keep it on hand! 

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Years ago, I started making my own spice blends when I realized I was paying for taco seasoning at the grocery store, yet I had all those individual spices in my spice cabinet.  

We were also trying to lower our sodium intake. Plus we wanted to work to eliminate some of the preservatives that are often found in conventional spice mixtures we find in the grocery store. 

Saving money, and healthier choices! It’s a win/win.

Making your own homemade spice blends is a little time invested upfront, but will save you tons of time in the long-run. We’ve all been there, when the panic hour hits in the evening and you are behind on making supper.  It’s great to have this tool in your tool belt!

DIY Gifts!

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And as an added bonus… homemade seasoning blends make great gifts! At Christmas or birthdays, all my favorite people get a few of my own seasoning blends.  They are perfectly unassuming and inexpensive, but very thoughtful. A great homemade gift.

You could do a cajun seasoning, a bagel seasoning, and a pumpkin pie spice for a great variety. Just dress up your little airtight container (or pretty mason jar) with a little ribbon and handmade tag. Simple, and thoughtful!

Absolutely no heat!

When I realized I needed to avoid anything spicy for my baby while breastfeeding, I was pretty bummed.  I love cooking, and eating flavorful foods. Paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, I am a big fan.  

But this mixture has so much flavor! It’s hard to believe there are not “spicy” spices in it.  Made only with everyday spices that you probably already have on your spice rack, it’s so simple to whip together. 

This homemade seasoning mix can be used for basically any food you want to put together. It is great on salmon, potatoes, scrambled eggs and, yes, even in soups! 

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Sea salt

For this homemade blend (I have dubbed “Home seasoning”) I start my spice mixture with a base of good salt.  I am currently using pink sea salt.  For more course mixtures, such as in a dry rub, I would reach for the kosher salt.  

Garlic powder

The garlic powder gives it a wonderful crowd pleasing flavor that almost everyone is accustomed to. I like to use mostly powdered versions of the spices in this mixture, simply so it mixes better.  If I used some flakes and some powdered, it could have some settling and wouldn’t stay mixed well.  This is garlic powder, not garlic salt.  If you want to use garlic salt I would cut back the salt in this mixture by 1tsp. 

Onion powder

The onion powder is a wonderful addition to pretty much any savory dish you may want to make.  It’s kid-friendly, and wont offend even the simplest pallets. I like to purchase some bulk spices for creating my own seasonings and just put them in empty spice jars.

Ground cumin

The ground cumin is a small touch that is a smoky background note that is perfectly complimentary. Since there is nothing “spicy” in this blend, the cumin  gives it the sassy touch so it doesn’t fall flat.  Trust me on this!

Ground rosemary

I like to use ground rosemary in this particular mix of savory spices.  The ground rosemary gives it a little herbal hint that makes it feel almost like a good poultry seasoning.  This is ground rosemary, so it mixes well with all the ground spices.  You could get some of these as whole spices and use a spice grinder to get a finer texture if you’d like.  

Brown sugar

The brown sugar is playing an important role in here.  I know it sounds like it wouldn’t play well with this particular party, but it totally does! It doesn’t overpower with sweetness, but it just has enough to make your whole pallet come awake.

AND the added sugar is perfect for caramelization when using this mixture to grill pork chops, or chicken breasts. It really is a perfect blend for so many applications!

Celery Salt

The celery salt is a personal favorite. I enjoy celery salt in many dishes and wanted to carry it through to this recipe.

Ground mustard

The ground mustard is one I adore in many mixtures and will work for pretty much any savory dish. I really like the rich golden color that you get when using ground mustard. And of course mustard and brown sugar were made to be together!

Ground black pepper

The ground pepper is my sweet husband’s favorite.  He ALWAYS adds an extra teaspoon (at least) to anything I make.  The reason I chose to use half white pepper and half black pepper, is so my kids don’t see too much pepper and assume it will be spicy.  They have delicate tastes.

White pepper

White pepper has a wonderful subtle heat that is so unique and truly pleasant if used properly.  It is especially beautiful on potatoes.  However, white pepper can be a bit expensive if you can’t find a decent price at your grocery stores.  If you don’t have any white pepper on hand, just use all black pepper.  

​I hope you will be inspired to start mixing up some homemade spice mixes as a great way to save yourself time when you’re making supper. This best recipe for homemade all-purpose seasoning blend is sure to be a hit. And because it has zero heat, you can use it for any guests and it’s safe for kiddos!

And don’t forget how homemade seasonings make beautiful diy gifts!

Give this one a try and let me know what you think!

wooden tray with individual piles of ground spices

Home seasoning blend

Stephanie Miller
The best all-purpose spice blend with no heat but tons of flavor!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Granulated garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Onion powder
  • 2 tsp Ground mustard
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ground rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Ground white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cumin


  • Add ingredients to a bowl.
  • Mix thoroughly, being sure to break up the brown sugar well.
  • Store in airtight jar for best longevity.
  • Enjoy!


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