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This ridiculously easy All Purpose Seasoning mix is a quick homemade spice blend that’s salty, savory, and a little sweet. With just 6 very common pantry spices, you can get a jar of homemade seasoned salt ready to go when you need it.
It has taken me WAY too long to get this all purpose seasoning up on the blog, considering how often I use it. I love seasoning salt. It’s a little smoky, a little sweet, has hints of garlic and of course, a good punch of salt.
BUT I also despise buying extra things when I can literally make it with stuff I already have. That’s why I started making this all purpose seasoned salt recipe. I use it on literally everything. Roasted potatoes or broccoli, check, twice fried french fries, check, that flank steak on the grill, check again.
What’s In All Purpose Seasoning?
There’s a great divide on the internet about what makes a good all-purpose seasoning. If you look at a dozen versions they’re all a little different. Some have dried herbs, some have a dozen ingredients, and some, like mine, are super, super simple, and easy to toss together.
- Salt – I’ve used kosher and fine sea salt, both work but I find the finer grain easier to use in blends because coarse salt sinks to the bottom. Even distribution is key!
- Black pepper – I only have whole peppercorns, so I just ground them up finely in my pepper mill. You can use what you like, but again with a coarse grain pepper, you’ll have sinking and distribution issues.
- Smoked paprika – this is the sweet pepper and smoky note that is so essential to the success of this seasoned salt.
- Garlic powder – either granulated or a finer powder both work.
- Onion powder – same for this – either granulated or finely ground.
- Sugar – say WHAT? I know, but hear me out!! IT IS KEY! White granulated sugar is the kiss of perfection for this blend. It doesn’t make things ‘sweet’ or dessert-like, but it does caramelize, add a hint of sweetness, and frankly is just damn delicious.
I like to keep this simple, most of the time this is all I put in. On occasion I’ll add some dried oregano, but only if I have it.
The point for me is to be able to open my spice pantry, pull out the basic staples I always keep stocked, and combine them into a fantastic all purpose blend that I can sprinkle on anything when I’m pressed for time.
It’s the easiest thing in the world – just add it to a small jar and shake! Keep it to my ingredients list or add a dried herb or two to make it your own. I’d recommend adding the herbs in the quantity as the paprika.
For me they’re the same. Before I became obsessed with minimizing my pantry and making things from scratch, I used Lawry’s seasoning salt on a lot. This is my replacement, and I call it all-purpose…because it is!
When you’re ready to use it, give it a couple of good shakes, and then sprinkle it on whatever you’re using. Aside from french fries or other freshly fried things, I recommend seasoning before cooking.
That really depends on your spice pantry. Spices have an ‘expiration date’ but they don’t exactly spoil. It’s more about potency. If your paprika is three years old, it’s probably not as flavorful as it was when it was fresh. This all purpose seasoning will last for a year I’d say, but if your spices are old, refresh them before you mix up a batch.
You bet! Double it, or if you’re wanting a big jar of it ready to go, just use tablespoons instead of teaspoons and you’ll have plenty to last you a good long time.
All Purpose Seasoning
- 4 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 3 teaspoons finely ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 1/4 teaspoons granulated sugar
- Combine in a jar and shake to mix. Shake before using.
- Store in a dark, cool cupboard for longest shelf life. Doesn't spoil, but may lose potency after a year or so.
Nutrition information and cooking times are provided as a best estimate. Values may vary based upon ingredients and equipment.