Home-made Seasoning Salt

Do most kitchens have a jar of seasoning salt tucked away somewhere? For years, I didn’t – it was a deep suspicion of the ingredients that held me back as well as the rather “generic” flavor.

Home-made Seasoning Salt
Home-made Seasoning Salt

I have a pretty well stocked spice cabinet and generally work at customizing flavors in a recipe – it was when my son was on his own and visiting home that the lack of seasoning salt in my cupboard came up.

See, he doesn’t really use “recipes” but “wings it” and had picked up from friends and restaurants he’s worked at that a little seasoning salt can do wonders on things like hamburgers, chicken, steak or just about anything grilled. He also sprinkles it on things that he breads and fries, like chicken, and he really likes it sprinkled over potatoes.

Maybe an old dog can learn a new (or in this case, old) trick. I wondered if it was just habit or pure snobbishness on my part that has kept this simple seasoning at bay, and came up with my own “house blend.”

No MSG or strange ingredients, here. 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch may be added, too, to prevent caking if you’d like. Feel free to fiddle!

Home-made Seasoning Salt

  • Servings: about a cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pepper to taste, suggest 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed

Mix together. If desired, crush celery seed first. Store in a jar with a shaker, tightly lidded.

If you’d like to see more of my spice & herb blends, check out Spice, Herb & Flavor Packet Substitutes. I’m adding as I go along!

Home-made Seasoning Salt - we love this mixture at our house! Maybe you will, too.


16 Comments on “Home-Made Seasoning Salt

  1. Don’t you just love having things in common with your son like this? My son likes cooking too, and I love when he sends me pictures of his successes. I love this recipe!

    • Thanks, Julie. It’s so much fun and he’s so excited when he gets to share something with me. He’s inspired a lot of my recipes (like my Tastes like Chicken – Chipotle’s Chicken) and taught me a few new techniques, too.

  2. Great idea. I recipe for sausage gravy (I was making my own pork sausage mixture first) I ran across called for Lowry’s seasoning salt but I didn’t have any so I made my own ‘copycat’ version after doing some net surfing. This seems similar though it uses celery seed and the Lowry’s used turmeric . 🙂

    • I went for kind of a combo of Lawrys and Penzeys…Funny but i never knew seasoning salt had sugar, before! My son swears by it for fried chicken.

      • There’s no sugar in the version I have. PS: I wasn’t very familiar with the brand name and spelled it Lowry’s when I went looking as my mom’s spices were pretty much limited to salt, pepper and paprika. ::)

  3. I never ever thought of making my own (I just buy Lawry’s). I’m going to have to give this a try!

    • Thanks, Lori – I think a lot of restaurants have a house seasoning, now I have mine. Of course, tinkering will probably get you something you like more than Lawrys.

    • My son has a great time sampling things I’ve made – especially if it’s based on something prebought or from a restaurant to see how close I’ve gotten.

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