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Best All Purpose Seasoning

This All Pur­pose Sea­son­ing recipe is the most deli­cious­ly sim­ple you’ll ever make. It’s per­fect for bring­ing out the nat­ur­al fla­vor in the dish­es you cook every day. 

homemade all purpose seasoning in a mason jar and image of ingredients measured into a bowl
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All Pur­pose Sea­son­ings, and even your favorite spice blend, can vary wide­ly in fla­vor. Though there is no “stan­dard ingre­di­ent list”, that’s what I want­ed. A con­sis­tent, fla­vor­ful sea­son­ing that would bring out the best fla­vor in what­ev­er I was mak­ing. My own house sea­son­ing, essentially. 

I want­ed my All Pur­pose Sea­son­ing to enhance your favorite dish­es with­out over­pow­er­ing their intend­ed fla­vor pro­file. It had to make the oth­er sea­son­ings in a dish shine. That’s what this sim­ple sea­son­ing salt blend does. 

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. 

How to Use All Purpose Seasoning

My house sea­son­ing 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. 

I use All Pur­pose Sea­son­ing in almost all my savory dish­es. It’s the per­fect fla­vor enhancer in Ground Beef and Cab­bage, Pan Seared Pork Chops and Creamy Spinach Arti­choke Chick­en.

This deli­cious all pur­pose sea­son­ing salt is what takes Slow Cook­er Chick­en Breasts next lev­el. And, you’ll love it in my World’s Best Slop­py Joes or per­fect, juicy Baked 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.

Try house sea­son­ing in Lentils and Rice Casse­role, deli­cious Loaded Baked Pota­to Sal­ad and in my Easy Chili Recipe.

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.

bowl with herbs and spices to make best all purpose seasoning blend. Bowl includes garlic powder, onion powder, parika, salt and pepper.

The Ingredients

  • Sweet Papri­ka (not smoked paprika)
  • Onion Pow­der [affil­i­ate link]
  • Gar­lic Pow­der [affil­i­ate link]
  • 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”.

Tablespoon of onion powder tipped and spilling onto a wooden table

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 onion‑y 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

3 bottles of paprika.  one sweet, one smoked and one hot.

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

salt vs kosher salt infographic
Why add salt to a sea­son­ing 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. 

How Can I Sub­sti­tute Kosher Salt for Table Salt?

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.

homemade all purpose seasoning in a mason jar sitting on a marble countertop
What’s the best way to store all pur­pose sea­son­ing mix?

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.

How long do sea­son­ing blends, herbs and spices last?

Prop­er­ly stored your 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 Mix. Now, you have your own house sea­son­ing, too. I bet it will become one of your favorite kitchen sta­ples. Enjoy!

The Recipe

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homemade all purpose seasoning in a mason jar

Best All Purpose Seasonings

  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 5 min­utes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup 1x


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


  1. 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.
  2. Store the home­made spice blend in an air­tight con­tain­er along­side your oth­er spices.
  3. 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

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