Spice Blends How to Make Seasoned Salt
How to make SEASONED SALT. Making your own Spice Blends puts you in the driver’s seat. Learn how to make homemade seasoned salt and add a little spice to your life
What is SEASONED SALT?
Seasoned Salt is a blend of herbs and spices usually including salt, pepper, paprika, and other flavors. There are several ready-made brands of seasoning salt like Lawry’s and Morton’s but you can easily make your own spice blend to suit your tastes.
Hands down, this is my FAVORITE combination of spices to make seasoned salt. It’s a blend of herbs and spices that’s fantastic on fish and shrimp (I use it in my Southern Fried Whiting recipe ) pork and especially chicken. This spice blend is the key to my fried chicken recipe. I’ve also been known to sprinkle this generously on a ribeye steak before tossing it on the grill!
Watch the Step by Step video for my Honey Butter Fried Chicken Recipe
This is NOT a copy cat Lawry’s Seasoned Salt recipe
Lawry’s is the best selling seasoning salt on the market. Lawry’s contains sugar in the blend of spices while my recipe doesn’t contain any sugar. I add a bit of lemon pepper to my recipe for that citrus ZING! Be sure to read the label of lemon pepper if you use it. Some prepared lemon pepper blends contain sugar as well.
Mixing up your own house seasoning means you no longer have to measure out 5 or 6 different herbs and spices while you’re cooking. It’s been a real time saver for me, I just grab a jar of this and season to my heart’s content. Use this as a steak or rib rub as well, it’s good on EVERYTHING. Sprinkle a bit on sliced zucchini with a drizzle of oil and grill it up for a tasty vegetarian treat.
What are the benefits of mixing your own spice blends?
When you mix your own house seasoning you can add flavors to suit your taste. Some premade seasonings contain sugar but I don’t really want sugar in my recipe so I don’t use it. Once you make a batch of the seasoning test it to see if it’s to your liking. You may want to increase or decrease the salt levels to fit your taste. The same goes for the cayenne pepper. Increase, decrease, or omit it depending on how hot you like your food.
What kind of SALT should I use for my house seasoning?
I use coarse kosher salt when I mix up this seasoning salt recipe. You can use sea salt as well. Wholefoods sells coarse kosher sea salt which would be wonderful in this recipe. Morton Kosher Salt contains an anti-clumping or anti caking agent to keep their product free-flowing. Morton was actually the first company to add an anti-clumping agent to salt.
I use Diamond Crystal salt in my recipe. Diamond Crystal kosher salt is the favorite of chefs because it doesn’t contain any anti-clumping agents and it has a larger crystal. Because of the larger crystals when you measure it out in a measuring spoon you use less Diamond Crystal salt versus more Morton’s salt. More of Morton’s kosher salt will fit in a teaspoon making your dish taste saltier. Diamond Crystal kosher salt has been very hard to find in grocery stores in recent years because of its popularity.
How do you store homemade Seasoning Salt
Be sure to keep the mixture in an airtight container or it can clump in the jar. I use a Mason Jar with a plastic lid that I can wash and reuse as needed. I use this seasoning nearly every day so I mix up a big batch of seasoned salt and keep it right on the counter within arm’s reach.
Give the gift of good taste and give jars of this tasty seasoning blend to your friends and family as holiday gifts. Use small (8 or 16 ounce) Mason jars for gift giving. Be sure to label the jars clearly and list the ingredients just in case anyone has a food allergy.
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- 1/4 cup paprika
- 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon granulated onion
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper more or less to taste
- 1 tablespoon dried sage
- 2 tablespoons lemon pepper optional
- Mix all of the spices and keep them in an airtight container
Which herbs and spices should I use in my seasoned salt blend?
I use granulated onion, granulated garlic, dried thyme, and dried sage as well as lemon pepper in my spice blend. I list lemon pepper as optional in this recipe because the lemon flavor can be very strong. I find a bit of lemon really perks up the flavor of almost anything. The acidity on the lemon along with the salt enhances all of the other flavors as well as the flavor of whatever you’re cooking.
Paprika and cayenne pepper are also a big part of the mix. If you like to experiment try adding turmeric to the mix for the yellow color as well as floral flavor. Oregano can also be a tasty addition to the recipe. Try a few different herbs and spices then see what you prefer. This is the perfect time to customize your spice blend depending on your mood!
Are you on PINTEREST? Pin this recipe for homemade seasoning salt so you can refer to it later. I think you’ll be making this recipe a lot, just like I do! Spice up your life and make this delicious seasoning blend. You can use this house seasoning blend in almost any recipe that calls for salt and pepper. Just omit the other spices and use a spoon full of this instead.
What will you add this seasoned salt to? Leave me a comment and let me know how you like this seasoning blend in your favorite dish.