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9 DIY Spice Blends

Why should you make your own spice blends?  We have several reasons!

Save on money!  If you already have a well-stocked spice cabinet, you can make your own blends instead of purchasing whole bottles of these combinations.

Save on time!  Make the blends that you’ll use often in advance, and mealtime will be less of a scramble!  Plus, you’ll be able to instantly add big flavor to simple weeknight meals. 

Reduce your sodium!  Making your own spice blends instead of buying them already bottled means you can control the amount of salt added.  You’ll also be able to control the heat level.

Have more fun!  Bring the kids into the kitchen and have them help you make these bright and colorful spice blends.  Think up fun ways to add the blends to your family meals – maybe sprinkle Cajun seasoning on top of roasted potatoes?  Or add a little ranch seasoning to melted butter and serve with steamed broccoli!


Cajun Seasoning Blend

Our Cajun Seasoning Blend is the perfect blend of zesty, spicy, and savory flavors that are sure to add kick to grilled meats, pasta dishes, veggies and more!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Chili Seasoning Blend

This simple chili seasoning blend is made with basic pantry spices and can be used for so much more than a pot of chili! Try it on roasted veggies or mixed into ranch dressing for your salad.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground cayenne
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon

Jerk Seasoning Blend

Save money and make your own homemade Jerk Seasoning Blend. Quick to put together, making this yourself means you can adjust the heat to your taste and balance out flavors to your preference.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. dried minced onion 
  • 1 Tbsp. thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. allspice
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Ranch Seasoning Blend

This Ranch Seasoning Blend makes it easy to add bold ranch flavor to your dressings, dips, chips and more! 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 Tbsp. parsley flakes
  • 2 ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. dill
  • 2 tsp. dried minced onion
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper

Italian Seasoning Blend

This Italian Seasoning Blend of dried herbs and spices makes the perfect addition to your pasta sauces, marinades or your choice of chicken, beef or pork dishes!

Ingredients:

  • 4 tsp. dried basil
  • 4 tsp. oregano
  • 4 tsp. rosemary
  • 4 tsp. marjoram
  • 4 tsp. thyme
  • 4 tsp. savory
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder 

Curry Seasoning Blend

This Curry Seasoning Blend is quick and easy. Use it to make all of your favorite Indian-inspired dishes, scrambles, sauces, and more!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard seed
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom 
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

Seasoning Salt

A homemade seasoning salt that combines all the best parts of your favorite bottled seasoning salts but without all the extra, unnecessary ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. ground garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 3 Tbsp. ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper

Furikake Seasoning Blend

Furikake is a Japanese spice blend made with dried seaweed (nori), toasted sesame seeds, and salt.  Use it on rice, veggies, seafood, or even popcorn!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup white sesame seeds, light toasted and partially ground once cool (in a spice grinder)
  • 2-3 seasoned nori sheets, crumbled
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. coconut sugar

Spicy Thai Seasoning Blend

This Spicy Thai Seasoning Blend lends great authentic and exotic flavor to rice bowls, vegetables, or meat dishes. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. lemongrass powder
  • 2 Tbsp. lime peel powder
  • 2 Tbsp. dried mint
  • 2 Tbsp. dried coconut flakes, partially ground in a spice grinder
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. ground white pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin

Directions for all Spice Blends:

  1. Combine all ingredients together and mix well.  Store in an airtight container and stir before using


Katie Harding is the publisher of Forks and Folly . A self-taught cook and die-hard foodie, Katie lives in Charlotte with her husband and three boys. Besides cooking and eating, she loves craft beers, running, and napping.