Impart more flavor to endless savory dishes by replacing plain table salt with this incredibly simple, yet perfectly balanced, Homemade Seasoned Salt!
What is Seasoned Salt?
Seasoned salt is an all-purpose seasoning made with a blend of dried seasonings and salt used to add flavor to savory dishes.
In fact, many restaurants use seasoning salt in place of plain salt because it truly does add more dimension and flavor to a dish, leaving your taste buds craving more.
While you can purchase seasoned salt, such as Lawry's Season Salt, homemade is the way to go!
why you will love this homemade version
- Quality Control. Store-bought seasoning salt is not made up of simply salt and other dried spices. Most brands also contain preservatives, monosodium glutamate, and corn syrup solids--not exactly additives I want to be sprinkling on my food.
- Adds Flavor. Seasoned Salt adds an extra layer of dimension and flavor to endless savory dishes, from seasoning meat, fish, or vegetables, it really enhances a dish much more than salt alone.
- Allergy-Friendly. This recipe for Homemade Seasoned Salt is gluten-free and made without added MSG, sugar, or cornstarch.
- Made with Simple Ingredients. You likely have the ingredients on hand right now in our spice cabinet to make this seasoning blend and it will cost you pennies to make!
Ingredients in Seasoned Salt
- Salt: Use kosher salt or table salt. I personally prefer kosher salt when cooking, but either will work for this spice blend.
- Garlic Powder & Onion Powder: Add classic savory notes to this homemade blend.
- Pepper: Use black pepper, not white or red pepper for authentic flavor.
- Dried Parsley: The dried parsley adds a nice fresh flavor to the seasoned salt.
- Paprika: For best results use regular, not smoked paprika. While I love smoked paprika, it can quickly overwhelm this simple all-purpose seasoning blend.
- Chili Powder: Use regular, not ancho chili powder. The chili powder may seem like an odd addition, but it adds just enough kick to make your palate wake up and enhances the flavor of the dish.
∗ important to remember ∗
For optimum flavor, be sure you use dried herbs that are no more than 6 months old. As spices sit in the pantry, they begin to lose their flavor.
How to Make Homemade Seasoned Salt
Seasoned salt, well really any spice blend, is literally one of the easiest things you can make.
You simply need to combine the salt, paprika, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, and pepper in a small bowl until the spices are well combined.
Any homemade spice blend should be stored in a cool, dark pantry with a tight-fitting lid. This will prevent the spice blend from being permeated with other flavors and keeps the moisture out of the spice blend.
Seasoned Salt will last up to 6 months in the pantry. It is safe to consume after 6 months, but the spices will begin to lose their potency, so the spice blend will not be as flavorful.
If you are on a low-sodium or sodium-free diet, simply reduce or omit the salt for a homemade salt-free all-purpose seasoning blend (AKA Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend.)
How to Use Seasoned Salt
This seasoning salt can be used in place of salt in just about any savory dish to help enhance the natural flavors in the recipe. I love using it to season popcorn, french fries, meat, vegetables, and salads. Below are a few of my favorite suggestions for using this recipe for homemade season salt.
- Use seasoned salt to flavor the breading in Baked Chicken Tenders or Homemade Fish Sticks, for an incredible layer of flavor.
- Sprinkle seasoned salt over a whole chicken to make Instant Pot Whole Chicken or Homemade Rotisserie Chicken.
- Use in place of cajun seasoning in recipes like Instant Pot Sausage and Potatoes and Mahi Mahi for a milder, flavorful result.
- Season a pot roast, pork roast, shrimp, or steak with seasoned salt prior to cooking to add a nice flavor profile to your meat.
- Replace salt with this Homemade Seasoned Salt to impart flavor to roasted vegetables, in recipes like Roasted Broccoli or Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
- Give your potatoes more flavor by replacing the salt with homemade seasoned salt in recipes such as Roasted Red Potatoes, Baked Fries, or Air Fryer Potatoes.
- Use the seasoned salt blend to season a breakfast hash or scrambled eggs.
- My recipes for Broccoli Cheese Soup, Homemade Hamburger Helper, and Ham and Bean Soup all call for using seasoned salt, as it adds a layer of dimension to the final dishes.
More Homemade Spice Blends
- Homemade Fajita Seasoning
- Homemade Ranch Seasoning
- Jerk Seasoning
- Old Bay Seasoning Recipe
- Chili Seasoning Recipe
- Adobo Seasoning
If you tried this blend for Homemade Seasoned Salt, I would love for you to leave a comment and rating below.
Homemade Seasoned Salt
- ¼ cup garlic powder
- ¼ cup onion powder
- ¼ cup salt see note
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 3 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- Combine all the ingredients together until the spices are well distributed through the salt.
- Transfer the salt mixture to an airtight container. Store in a cool, dark pantry for up to 6 months.