Simple and delicious homemade poultry seasoning recipe using fresh or dried herbs. Much cheaper than McCormick, and you can go beyond chicken, try turkey or vegetables!
My husband said to me the other day, “What’s for dinner? And please don’t tell me chicken and sweet potatoes.”
As a family, we’ve been on the Whole30. He cut out dairy and gluten two weeks before we started and two weeks into the first official month, he cut out nightshades as well.
While I do my best to offer variety, I will admit that the poor man has been eating A LOT of chicken and sweet potatoes.
His one saving grace is poultry seasoning.
Why Use Homemade Poultry Seasoning?
I saw “poultry seasoning” on the Whole30 shopping list when I first read the book and honestly, I ignored it. I didn’t want one more jar in my spice cabinet taking up space. How many recipes call for poultry seasoning, anyway?
I should have taken heed though because sometimes it’s nice to have something different! Making it homemade from your own spices saves you at least $3 a jar! Plus making it from scratch means no MSG!
What is poultry seasoning?
If you go to Walmart or any other grocery store, you can find poultry seasoning with all the other spices. It’s a blend of a few savory spices, including thyme, marjoram, rosemary, and sage. I’m guessing you already have these in your pantry which is why you should make your own spice blend!
In addition to those lovely green herbs, there’s a little bit of nutmeg thrown in there too, which makes your nose go, “Mmm… I wasn’t expecting that.”
Dried vs. fresh herbs for homemade poultry seasoning
I made poultry seasoning using dried herbs because that’s what I have on hand. Most of the time, I buy my dried herbs from Walmart or ALDI. If you prefer to buy organic spices, Thrive Market has amazing deals!
You can definitely make it with fresh herbs, but it wouldn’t be cost-effective unless you either found ALL of them marked down at the same time, or you have an herb garden.
Homemade poultry seasoning is versatile.
- You can omit or substitute based on what you have at home. Truly, if you don’t have something, just leave it out! Despite what some people may say, you don’t HAVE to have sage to cook chicken, and you don’t HAVE to have any of the other spices either.
- You can customize the blend. I like the texture differences between the spices and chose to leave all of them whole, but you can grind them in a cheap old coffee grinder or even your blender (I have this awesome blender) and turn it all into a fine powder.
- You can spice it up! If you’re feeling daring, add in some cayenne pepper or fresh ground black pepper. This would make for a nice twist to the usual!
This homemade poultry seasoning doesn’t have salt.
Salt is an essential nutrient that the body needs, but I intentionally left it out of this recipe. That way you can salt your dish however you want, without the salt from a seasoning blend interfering.
Remember to read the ingredients in your salt. Many table salts contain dextrose, an artificial sugar. It’s supposed to be there to prevent clumping, but it’s still fake sugar and not necessary.
I buy this 10 lb bucket of Real Salt and it lasts me for about a year.
How can I use poultry seasoning?
I made a super simple chicken seasoning rub the other day, adding 1 Tbsp of poultry seasoning to 2/3 cup of almond flour.
You can sprinkle poultry seasoning on anything that needs a flavor boost…
- Potatoes (baked potatoes or crispy potato wedges)
- Eggs (the best scrambled eggs!)
- Hamburgers or Meatballs (awesome 15-minute meatballs!)
- Sweet potatoes (fried sweet potatoes or crash hot sweet potatoes)
- Pasta sauces
Can poultry seasoning go bad?
Well, I’m sure it can eventually. As long as you keep them dry, dried spices have a VERY long shelf life.
More delicious homemade seasonings
- Montreal Steak Seasoning
- Dry Onion Soup Mix (perfect for Classic Pot Roast!)
- Taco Seasoning
- 6 more spice mixes
- Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
Watch How to Make Homemade Poultry Seasoning
- 2 tsp sage
- 1½ tsp thyme
- 1 tsp marjoram
- ¾ tsp rosemary
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a container. Use as desired to season your poultry, vegetables, and sauces!