Use this seasoned salt recipe as an all natural substitute for the store-bought spice blend! It’s perfect on grilled fish, veggies, and more.

Seasoned salt

Why make a seasoned salt recipe when you can easily buy it in the store? First of all it’s just plain fun! You probably already have most of these spices in your cabinet already. But more importantly: many store bought seasoned salt recipes contain MSG. So why not make it at home? It’s an all-natural spice blend that you can use for everything from grilled fish to roasted veggies. And it takes 5 minutes to make. Once you try it, it will become your go-to a substitute for seasoned salt from the store (it has for us!).

Seasoning salt

What is in seasoned salt?

What is seasoned salt? Sometimes called seasoning salt, it’s a blend of spices, herbs, and salt that has lots of variations. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt is the most common brand that’s available. Here are the ingredients in this seasoned salt recipe, all of which which commonly appear in seasoning salt blends:

  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Smoked paprika (or substitute regular paprika)
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Turmeric

Using smoked paprika brings in a lightly smoky flavor that takes it up a notch. Use it if you can find it; it’s sometimes labeled as pimentón. Alex and I use smoked paprika all the time in our recipes; it’s especially perfect for vegetarian and vegan recipes to bring in a meaty element. So we’d highly advise investing in a jar!

Seasoned salt recipe

Tips for making seasoned salt

This seasoning salt recipe may be one of the easiest recipes ever. It’s truly no fail. A few reasons to make homemade seasoned salt as a substitute for store-bought:

  • You probably already have these spices in your pantry.
  • It’s a small batch. Read: the spices will be fresh and you’ll avoid that a 5 year old jar gathering dust in the back of the cupboard.
  • You can make them for gifts! Who would turn down a jar of homemade seasoned salt?

Many recipes call for you to whisk together the spices, then pour them into a jar. But why bother dirtying a bowl and whisk? Here’s our method: Simply place all the spices into a jar, seal the jar, and shake! The spices distribute evenly in just a few seconds.

A few other DIY salt recipes? Try How to Make Garlic Salt and Herb Salt Recipe.

Seasoned salt recipe

How to use it? Let us count the ways.

Let’s say you make up a batch of this seasoned salt recipe: how to use it? Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Use it on cedar plank salmon.
  2. Or baked salmon.
  3. Throw it into sauteed shrimp.
  4. Add it to roasted vegetables.
  5. Try it on roasted brocolli or roasted cauliflower.
  6. Fries! Baked fries or sweet potato fries, to be exact.
  7. Or sprinkle onto potato wedges.
  8. Throw a few pinches into soups and stews.
  9. Try on avocado toast or grilled avocado.
  10. Popcorn.

This seasoned salt recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Seasoned salt

Seasoned Salt Recipe

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 tablespoons 1x


Use this seasoned salt recipe as an all natural substitute for the store-bought spice blend! It’s perfect on grilled fish, veggies, and more. 


  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric


  1. Combine all ingredients in a spice jar and shake! Keeps for up to 6 months.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Seasoned salt

More seasoning blends

Making DIY seasoning mixes at home is so easy! They taste incredible—much better than storebought—and are fun gifts, too. Try all our seasoning blends (listed by style):

Last updated: April 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. Delicious combination of spices! I love the simplicity of ingredients and clean-up. Thank you!