All Purpose Seasoning is a homemade blend of simple savoury spices and herbs to enhance any dish whether it’s vegetables, meat, seafood, salads, stews, or marinades. Made in just five minutes, this seasoning medley can be used for pre-seasoning, during cooking or sprinkled over a finished dish.
If you’re searching for more tasty ways to season your meals, try my Homemade Seasoning Salt and Jerk Seasoning next!
All Purpose Seasoning
Upgrade your meal from bland to flavourful with this delicious medley of spices! You can always use store bought seasonings but if you want to be able to adjust to taste and diet, you have to make your own all purpose seasoning. This boosts the taste of any meal so you can use it whenever.
It’s so good, you’ll want to share it. So bottle it up and gift it to loved ones. It’s that good!
Here’s Why You’ll Love this Recipe
- Versatile – use it on everything from veggies to meats.
- Customizable – easily adjust the spice mix with your favourite herbs and spices whether it’s spicy, sweet or low-sodium.
- Quick and Easy – this is made with super common ingredients you already have stocked in your kitchen. Simply measure and blend for a made-at-home spice that’s ready in just five minutes!
What is All Purpose Seasoning Made Of?
All purpose seasoning is a spice blend made of a variety of seasonings and herbs. It typically includes salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Other ingredients are added to taste.
What You Need to Make this Recipe
- Small Mixing Bowl – to combine all the ingredients
- Empty Spice Jar or airtight jar – to contain the all purpose seasoning
Ingredients and Ingredient Notes
- Garlic and Onion Powder – these aromatics are essential in many cuisines and dishes and should definitely be included in this blend. They are pungent, aromatic with a hint of spiciness that’s just perfect.
- Dried Oregano, Parsley Flakes and Thyme – these dried herbs work well together in this blend, and adds an aromatic, fresh, earthy flavour. Thyme and oregano should be added, parsley can be omitted.
- Paprika – you can use regular, smoked or sweet. If using smoked be mindful of the dishes you use the blend with.
- Cayenne Pepper – this will give the blend a nice spicy kick, use more or less as per your own spice tolerance.
- Allspice – this adds a deep, warm, earthy, woodsy flavour.
- Sugar – optional, omit if needed.
- Salt and Black Pepper – these enhance all the flavours.
How to Make All Purpose Seasoning
Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and mix until evenly combined. Transfer to an empty spice jar or airtight container and store in your spice cabinet or a dark cool place.
Recipe Substitutions and Tips
- Spicy – add hot pepper flakes for a spicier all purpose seasoning.
- Sweet – instead of regular granulated sugar you could use brown sugar for a depth of sweetness.
- Smoky – use smoked paprika instead of paprika.
- Salt-Free – control your sodium intake by using less or no salt at all.
- More Herbs – dried basil, dill weed, crushed rosemary.
- Mediterranean – for a more robust flavour add nutmeg, cinnamon, or marjoram.
Serving Suggestions and Tips
Use all purpose seasoning in a variety of dishes and at various stages of cooking. Here are some recipes using all purpose seasoning:
- Meat – Jamaican Curry Chicken, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Jamaican Curry Goat and Jamaican Oxtail
- Seafood – Brown Stew Fish
- Soup – Gungo Peas Soup, Jamaican Red Peas Soup
- Veggies – Jamaican Steamed Cabbage
Recipe Notes and Tips for Success
- Don’t use too many herbs or it may overpower the seasoning blend. A good balance is two.
- Check the expiration dates for each of the ingredients you use in order to ensure maximum freshness.
- Never pour the seasoning over extremely hot or steaming food because if it is exposed to moisture, it will clump.
- If your seasoning does clump, don’t throw it out! Add cornstarch.
- For ease of use, add the blend to a salt shaker and use raw rice in order to ensure it doesn’t harden.
Can I Make this Ahead of Time?
Yes! This seasoning is supposed to be made ahead of time so that it’s ready for use whenever you need to add a dash of flavour to your food.
Store in an airtight container and place it in your spice cabinet or a dark cool place. It should be away from direct sunlight or heat.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If you use fresh ingredients, your homemade all purpose seasoning should last up to 6 months.
Use Cajun seasoning or Italian seasoning as flavouring alternatives.
No. Seasoning salt only contains salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
Interested in more Condiments, Marinades and Seasonings? Check These Out!
- Caribbean Green Seasoning
- Jerk Marinade
- Jamaican Pickled Vegetables (Escovitch Sauce)
- Homemade Tzatziki
- Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter
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All Purpose Seasoning
- Small Mixing Bowl
- Empty Spice Jar or airtight jar
- 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tbsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Dried Parsley Flakes
- 1 tsp Dried Thyme
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1/8 tsp Allspice
- 1 tsp Sugar optional
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and mix until evenly combined. Transfer to an empty spice jar or airtight container and store in your spice cabinet or a dark cool place.
Note, the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.