Spices for all purposes | Julie Blanner

This all purpose spice blend is one you need to add to your spice cabinet! It’s the perfect way to spice up so many appetizers and side dishes—with a vibrant yet neutral flavor you’ll love.

This all-purpose seasoning is perfectly blended with a balanced touch for meat, seafood, vegetables and more.

You can do better than a few cracks of salt and pepper for dinner! With this easy, all-purpose spice mix, you’ll always have a delicious, customized spice on hand.

I love making my own homemade spice mixes! I’ve shared many of them with you over the years, with the hope that they make your life easier and allow you to customize as needed.

This all-purpose seasoning is the perfect accompaniment to so many main dishes and appetizers such as meats, soups, dips and more. Add it to baked chicken, add it to your favorite dips, add it anywhere you want a little something extra off

This is a tasty, balanced all-purpose spice blend. I love that it doesn’t fall into any particular category, it’s just generally serviceable and feels like your own version of a house blend from a restaurant.

The lively addition of oregano and parsley also helps balance the garlic and onion. There is the slightest hint of spice with the chili pepper – not enough to make anyone sweat, just a little heat for interest.

This beautiful spice blend will work for many of your favorite dishes, sides and appetizers. Add it to fish, chicken, beef and more!

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Why you’ll love this all-purpose spice

  • Cheaper than store bought
  • Easy to customize
  • Stores well
  • Flexible for so many dishes!

All Purpose Seasoning Ingredients and Substitutes

  • Garlic powder – no Garlic saltas it is a completely different ingredient and would make your spice mix too salty.
  • Onion powder – Not onion salt – only the powder!
  • Ground black pepper – freshly ground or finely ground pepper, the choice is yours.
  • Salt – choose your favorite. Sometimes I make cracked sea salt and sometimes we just use traditional table salt.
  • Chili Pepper – Or cayenne pepper. Add more or less to your taste!
  • Oregano – For a fragrant Mediterranean touch.
  • Parsley – What a beautiful pop of green flavor and color in this mix!
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Variations

  • Add red pepper flakes for an extra layer of heat.
  • Add a teaspoon of rosemary, basil or sage for more herbal notes.
  • Eliminate salt if you want to adjust sodium in your dishes.
  • Add a little sugar (up to a teaspoon) to this mixture for a sweet and salty balance.

Here’s how to make this all-purpose spice mix

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Tools to use

  • Mixed bowl
  • Food processor (only if you want a fine, powdery texture)
  • Small funnel – to transfer to a jar
  • Storage glass
  • Labels

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Tips

  • Adjust the ingredient amounts to your taste.
  • Fill small glasses with lids.
  • Or try a pretty salt cellar to leave out on your counter if this spice is something you use often in your kitchen.
  • For a fine powder (more like the traditional store-bought spice packets), combine in a small food processor.
  • To double or triple this recipe, simply use the 1x2x3x tab in the printable recipe card.
  • Be sure to add a label with contents and date.
  • Homemade spice mixes make a great gift for neighbors and friends!

A copper teaspoon placed on a marble table top with all purpose spice.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between herbs and spices?

Spices generally come from natural sources such as fruit, bark, stems, roots, seeds and even flowers themselves. Herbs are the actual leaves of herb plants, like basil, mint, rosemary and more!

Are all-purpose seasonings the same as seasoned salt?

They are similar, but not exactly the same. This homemade all-purpose seasoning has hints of herbs along with the spices found in traditional seasoned salt.

Before

  1. This recipe is great to make ahead of time and have on hand! Use a small funnel to transfer to a small jar with a lid.
  2. Label and date.

Serving suggestions

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How to store

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature, in a dark room like your pantry or spice cabinet for the longest-lasting spices. In general, you can store spice mixes like this for six months!

Find a similar one glass jar with gold lid pictured in these photos here and find a similar one wooden salt cellar here.

Dietary considerations

  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Free of nuts
  • Vegan
  • Keto friendly

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Condiments

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Seasoning for all purposes

Preparation time 5 mine

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Total time 5 mine

This all-purpose spice blend is one to add to your spice cabinet! It’s the perfect way to spice up so many appetizers and side dishes—with a vibrant yet neutral flavor you’ll love.

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Tips

  • Adjust the ingredient amounts to your taste.
  • Fill small glasses with lids.
  • Or try a pretty salt cellar to leave out on your counter if this spice is something you use often in your kitchen.
  • For a fine powder (more like the traditional store-bought spice packets), combine in a small food processor.
  • Be sure to add a label with contents and date.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature, in a dark room like your pantry or spice cabinet for the longest-lasting spices.
  • In general, you can store spice mixes like this for six months!

Nutrition information

Calories: 2kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 0.1g, fat: 0.02g, Saturated Fat: 0.01g, Polyunsaturated fat: 0.01g, Monounsaturated fat: 0.002g, Sodium: 194mg (8%), Potassium: 10mg, Fiber: 0.2g (1%), Sugar: 0.04g, Vitamin A: 6IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 0.1mg (1%)





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