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This easy homemade seasoned salt recipe is yet another all-purpose spice blend you can make at home that can add something special to your dishes. It can be used a number of different recipes from soups and stews to snack mix, fried chicken, grilled fish, and even vegetables.
While seasoned salt is readily available in your grocery store, making homemade seasoned salt is a great way to use up older spices before they lose their flavor. Besides, it’s simple and fun to make in your own kitchen. I love making spice blends from scratch. Making your own spice blends are so much fresher and can be more flavorful than store-bought brands.
What is seasoned salt?
Homemade seasoned salt is a perfect blend of savory herbs and spices. This all-purpose spice blend tastes great on just about any dish you add it to. It can bring new life to otherwise bland food and can be the perfect finishing touch to your next dish.
Sold at the store, seasoned salt is a blend of salt, savory herbs and spices that can contain some anti-clumping agents and preservatives. You can avoid the anti-clumping agents and weird stuff that manufacturers can put into spices to boost their shelf life by making seasoned salt yourself, without the bullshit! Not to mention you are in control of what goes into the spice blend and make it to your own taste.
I also must mention that making seasoned salt yourself is much cheaper than buying it from the store. So save money and make it yourself!
Seasoned salt also makes a great gift for those special foodies in your life. Make multiple batches of seasoned salt and put the seasoning into small spice jars to keep on hand.
What spices are in seasoned salt?
Sea Salt: Sea salt is produced by the evaporation of ocean water.
Fresh cracked black pepper: Piperaceae cultivated for its fruit the peppercorn. Peppercorns are dried and used as a spice and seasoning.
Grinding peppercorns before use expose the un-oxidized center releasing its rich flavor. This is why fresh cracked pepper tastes so much better than pepper that has already been ground.
Paprika: a finely ground spice made from larger, dried, sweeter red varieties of bell peppers or sweet peppers.
Garlic powder: Garlic powder is a finely ground powder made from dehydrated garlic
Onion powder: Onion powder is a finely ground powder made from dehydrated onions.
Cayenne pepper: Cayenne pepper is a finely ground powder prepared from the seeds and pods of various types of hot chiles.
How to make seasoned salt
Homemade seasoned salt is so easy to make. It literally takes less than 5 minutes. All you have to do is pour the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper into an airtight container, seal and shake well to combine.
The one thing to keep in mind is that all the ingredients need to be fine granules and should be almost the same size.
For example, the first time I made a batch of homemade seasoned salt I used a coarse Kosher salt, which was much larger in size than the other spices. When I added the seasoned salt to my dish, it was very difficult to distribute the spices evenly and the dish became too salty.
What do I put seasoned salt on?
Use seasoned salt just like you would table salt and put it on everything! Seriously. It’s great!
Here are 10 recipes in which you could use this homemade seasoned salt:
- Smashed Potatoes
- Egg Stuffed Poblano Pepper Boats
- Baked Potatoes
- Easy Baked Mahi Mahi
- Grilled Asparagus
- Potato Cheddar Soup
- Grilled Chicken Southwest Salad
- Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak
- Southern-Style Yellow Summer Squash
- Homemade Greek Seasoning
Watching your sodium?
Are you watching your sodium intake? Just because this is called seasoned salt, doesn’t mean it has to have salt. If you have a sodium-restricted diet, leave the salt out completely.
David and I both watch our sodium intake because I use to have high blood pressure and he still does. From our experience adding flavor and a little spice makes a huge difference in the way your food tastes. You can leave out the salt and the rest of the herbs and spices will compliment your dish so well it will make you forget about that salt shaker all together!
How to store seasoned salt
Seasoned salt lasts a really long time, but like other spices, it will eventually go bad. Store in an airtight container for 6 to 12 months. Basically, look at the dates on the spices used and go by the more recent date among the spices.
I haven’t found anything that we don’t like homemade seasoned salt on. If I do, I will let you know, but it may take a while if I ever find anything at all.
What will you put this on? Tell us in the comments below!
Homemade Seasoned Salt
- ¼ cup fine sea salt
- 4 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Pour the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in an airtight container, seal and shake well to combine.
Want More Homemade Seasonings? Try these:
Learn more about storing spices – Spices: The Best Way to Store and Organize