All Purpose Seasonings, and even your favorite spice blend, can vary widely in flavor. This recipe is the most deliciously simple All Purpose Seasoning you’ll ever make. Enhance your favorite dishes without overpowering their intended flavor profile. It’s perfect for bringing out the natural flavor in the dishes you cook every day!
This Best All Purpose Seasoning is my go-to spice blend for everyday cooking needs. Its 5‑ingredient formula is quick and easy to mix together and it’s the secret to savory, restaurant-quality flavor in your home-cooked dishes. I use it in and on so many recipes.
Ideas for Using All Purpose Seasoning
It makes delish burgers and it takes home fries to a whole new level. Roast chicken will burst with umami deliciousness. Try it on roasted vegetables, oven roasted potatoes, pork chops and chicken breasts.
Sprinkle into salad dressings and steak marinades, or add savory goodness to soups, casseroles and gravies. There are a multitude of ways to love this simple and flavorful seasoning blend.
The all purpose seasoning blend is basic enough that it won’t overpower other seasonings you may add to a dish. Italian dishes will still taste Italian. Mexican recipes will still have their Mexican flair.
Using this All Purpose Seasoning Blend, instead of just plain salt and pepper, will enhance and add dimension to the flavors of the dishes you make.
Where to Find the Simple Ingredients
This all purpose blend recipe has only 5 ingredients, easily found in the spice aisle at your local stores. But, because this is a spice blend I use every day, I like to have the dried vegetable powders, dried herbs and spices on hand in bulk.
So, I usually buy bulk *onion powder and *garlic powder online. I go through it too fast for the little jars to make sense for me. I make many more seasoning blends than just all purpose seasonings. Garlic and onion powder are essential to nearly all the savory ones.
- Sweet Paprika (not smoked paprika)
- *Onion Powder
- *Garlic Powder
- Salt — I use table salt. See FAQs to substitute kosher salt for table salt.
- Ground Black Pepper — Plain old ground, black pepper. I usually by a 1 lb jar and it’s actually labeled “Table Grind”.
Onion Powder Power
Don’t omit the onion powder. It’s the source of deep savory flavor in this all purpose seasoning blend. One Tablespoon of onion powder is equal to about 1/2 cup of diced onion (1 whole medium onion).
In combination with the garlic powder, that oniony goodness is what will make your recipes a cut above.
That means that in this all purpose seasoning blend the savory, umami deliciousness that is so cravable and comforting in our favorite home dishes comes from the super-concentrated flavor in just a small amount of onion powder. It’s important.
Choosing the Right Paprika
I use mild (often referred to as sweet) red paprika in this recipe. Just the standard, inexpensive jar that’s probably already in your pantry. I often buy the store brand jar.
Paprika is made from dried peppers. The pepper types can include sweet, chili, cayenne, poblano, aleppo and others. The type of peppers used determines the intensity of the heat in your paprika. So choose a one that fits the flavor profile you’re creating.
Paprika adds gorgeous color to many dishes that would otherwise be drab and boring, especially roasted chicken or pork. It’s flavor is released when paprika is heated.
You can even purchase smoked paprika, which I absolutely love. Just not for an all purpose seasoning recipe. In everyday cooking, not all dishes that need seasoned will benefit from smokiness.
FAQs About All Purpose Seasonings Blend
The perfect all purpose spice blend would be nothing without salt. Whatever everyday salt you typically use is going to be great.
Salt is nature’s flavor enhancer. While it’s definitely possible to get carried away and use too much, used appropriately, salt is really a necessary component of flavor. The goal is not saltiness. It’s too bring out, enhance and intensify the flavors of what you’re cooking.
Kosher salt crystals are larger and more coarse. When used in equal measure, kosher salt is not as salty as table salt. The ratio is 1 part table salt equals 2 parts kosher salt. If subbing kosher for table salt, double the amount you use. If subbing table salt for kosher, halve the amount being used.
Like all your herbs and spices, as well as store-bought seasonings, store a homemade seasoning blend in an airtight container like small bowls or jars with tight covers. Containers should be stored in a dry, dark cupboard, spice cabinet or pantry that doesn’t get overly warm. Never leave herbs and spices out exposed to direct sunlight.
Properly stored you herbs and spices and homemade seasonings should last at least one year. After a year, their flavor potency will begin to diminish.
Here’s the simple recipe for my Best Homemade All Purpose Seasoning. I bet it will become one of your favorite kitchen staples. Enjoy!Print
My go-to, everyday all purpose seasoning. I use it on and in so many dishes. It adds just the right amount of flavor without overpowering. And it stands alone with wonderful savory flavor if you use it on its own. The ingredients are likely in your pantry already and it’s less than 5 minutes to mix it up.
- 4 Tablespoons paprika (plain, not smoked paprika)
- 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons onion powder
- 2 Tablespoons salt (4 Tablespoons if using Kosher salt)
- 2 Tablespoons black pepper
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. You want all the ingredients evenly distributed. It’s not necessary, but I like to toss them all in the blender and pulse a few times to mix them and to make all the ingredient particles a uniform size.
Store the homemade spice blend in an airtight container alongside your other spices.
Use as you would any commercial all purpose seasoning blend.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 0 min
- Category: Seasoning Blend, Spice Blend
- Method: by hand
- Cuisine: American