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Best Homemade All Purpose Seasoning

homemade all purpose seasoning blend made with only 5 ingredients in a canning jar

Best Home­made All Pur­pose Sea­son­ing is my go-to 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 so many dish­es. I use it in and on so many recipes. It makes del­ish burg­ers and it takes home fries to a whole new lev­el. Roast chick­en will burst with uma­mi deli­cious­ness. 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. But 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.

This recipe has only 5 ingre­di­ents, eas­i­ly found in the spice aisle at your local stores. But, because this is a blend I use every day, I like to have the ingre­di­ents on hand in bulk. So, I usu­al­ly buy bulk *onion pow­der and *gar­lic gran­ules online. I go through it too fast for the lit­tle jars to make sense for me.

Best Homemade All Purpose Seasoning Ingredients

bowl with herbs and spices to make best all purpose seasoning blend. Bowl includes garlic powder, onion powder, parika, salt and pepper.
  • 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 buy a 1 lb store brand jar. Papri­ka is made from dried mild pep­pers. It adds gor­geous col­or to many dish­es that would oth­er­wise be drab and bor­ing, espe­cial­ly roast­ed chick­en or pork. Fla­vors range from the stan­dard every­day mild to quite hot. You can even pur­chase smoked papri­ka, which I love, but not for all pur­pose sea­son­ing. Paprika’s fla­vor is released when heated. 
  • *Onion Pow­der — 1 Table­spoon of onion pow­der is equal to about ½ cup of diced onion (1 medi­um onion). 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. 
  • *Gar­lic Gran­ules — Dehy­drat­ed gar­lic is some­what milder than raw. For every­day sea­son­ing in a spice blend, the mois­ture of raw isn’t an option, though. Rehy­drat­ing gar­lic pow­der or gran­ules for a cou­ple min­utes before heat­ing it, increas­es the poten­cy of its gar­licky fla­vor. So, stir it into your toma­to sauce and give it a minute BEFORE turn­ing on the heat. You’ll net deep­er gar­lic deliciousness! 
  • Salt — The per­fect home­made all pur­pose spice blend would be noth­ing with­out it. 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.
  • Ground Black Pep­per — Plain old ground, black pep­per. I usu­al­ly by a 1 lb jar and it’s actu­al­ly labeled “Table Grind”.

The Easy Recipe

Here’s the sim­ple recipe for my Best Home­made All Pur­pose Sea­son­ing. I bet it will become one of your favorite kitchen sta­ples. Enjoy!

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homemade all purpose seasoning blend made with only 5 ingredients

Best Homemade All Purpose Seasoning

  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 5 min­utes
  • Yield: ¾ 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
  • 2 Table­spoons gar­lic granules
  • 2 Table­spoons onion powder
  • 2 Table­spoons salt
  • 2 Table­spoons black pepper


Mix all ingre­di­ents in a 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 blend in a tight­ly sealed glass jar 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

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2 thoughts on “Best Homemade All Purpose Seasoning”

    • Thank you, Jaclyn! We love it for chick­en, too! Try it out on sweet pota­to fries, too. You won’t believe how good it is!


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