Homemade Poultry Seasoning Recipe

••• Poultry Seasoning. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Make your own poultry seasoning in minutes. It's nothing more than a blend of several common herbs that you probably already have in your pantry, or grow in your garden. By mixing them together yourself, you'll save money and gain an opportunity to customize the recipe to your tastes. Because poultry seasoning? It doesn't have to be a one-size-fits-all thing. Start with this basic recipe. Then, tweak it to make it your own.


  • 2 Tablespoons dried marjoram
  • 2 Tablespoons dried savory
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon dried sage
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 pinch of rosemary
  • 1 pinch of
  • onion powder


Blend all of the spices together. Just a quick mix in a bowl should do the trick. If you prefer a more powdery consistency, grind your poultry seasoning with a mortar and pestle; pulse it briefly in a food processor; or grind it in a coffee grinder or spice grinder.

Store your poultry seasoning in an air-tight container. A glass jar, a spice bottle or a sealed plastic bag will do the trick.

Your poultry seasoning should keep for one to three years (based on the age of the oldest component).

Keep it in a dry, dark, cool area, to prolong its shelf life. Of course, it's always best to use herbs sooner, rather than later. Be sure to label your poultry seasoning, so you don't accidentally mistake it for something else.

If you don't have all of the herbs listed in the recipe, just use the ones that you do have. It'll still add plenty of flavor to your turkey, stuffing, soup or whatever dish you're adding it to. Poultry seasoning is very forgiving.

Variations for Poultry Seasoning Blends

This is a basic poultry seasoning recipe.

Feel free to leave out any herbs that you don't like, or to increase or decrease the amounts called for, so that the recipe better suits your tastes. There are also plenty of herbs and spices that you can add to make the recipe your own. Some to consider: celery seed, nutmeg, ginger, cayenne, paprika, coriander, basil, black pepper, garlic powder, garlic salt or celery salt.

If you have a favorite brand of poultry seasoning that you're used to buying, look at the label to see what herbs and spices they include. Then, see if you can create your own version.

If you want to use herbs from your garden to make your poultry seasoning, just dry them first. This can be accomplished by hanging them upside down in a warm, dry spot, running them through a dehydrator or drying them in an oven set at its lowest temperature. If you decide to go the oven route, watch your herbs closely, so they don't burn. With as thin as herbs are, it doesn't take long to dry them.

Homemade poultry seasoning makes a great gift, especially when it's made from herbs that you grew yourself. Bottle your blend, and share it with friends and family.

Other Herb/Spice Blends You Can Make Yourself: