Used in a wide range of recipes, Italian seasoning is a tasty blend of herbs and spices which can easily be made at home. Use it to season chicken, beef, or pork dishes, vegetable sides, soups, salad dressings and more!
Our personal favourite recipe using homemade Italian seasoning, are these Greek Marinated Chicken Thighs!
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What Is Italian Seasoning Made Of?
Not actually a spice blend commonly used, (or even available) in Italy, Italian seasoning has become known in North America for adding a flair of the Mediterranean to homemade tomato sauces, chicken, beef, and pork dishes, and other various vegetable sides.
The most commonly used ingredients include various blends of dried and ground Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, and Thyme. Some recipes may also include marjoram, or sage, though these herbs are slightly less common in the average North American kitchen and therefore not included in this recipe.
Does Italian Seasoning Normally Include Onion Or Garlic Powder?
Italian seasoning is meant to make it easy to add traditional Italian flavours to any dish or recipe without having to do too much thinking. As such we’ve opted to tweak the base recipe, (usually consisting of only herbs), and adding other spices to our Italian seasoning spice mix.
The addition of garlic, as well as onion powder, adds a little more of a rounded out flavour to any recipe this spice mixture is used in. These extra spices, (as well as the included salt, and pepper) make our Italian seasoning fantastic for use in a dry rub or marinade!
Making Homemade Italian Seasoning
Making homemade spice mixtures is so easy, you’ll quickly be convinced to try making more of your own blends at home. All you really do is measure out the required herbs and spices, then mix them together! It’s that easy!
No real secret here outside of knowing which spices/herbs to use and the ratios!
Storing Homemade Spice Blends
As with any homemade spice blend or mixture, it is best to make small batches of the spice blend and to store the mixture in an airtight glass or another food-safe container. Mason jars are ideal for this.
While the Italian seasoning won’t go bad as such, it will become stale with age, and is best used within 2-3 weeks of making it.
More Homemade Spice Blends
Looking for more homemade spice mixtures and blends? Try our:
Homemade Italian seasoning
- 3 tbsp dried basil
- 2 tbsp dried oregano
- 2 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 1 tbsp dried rosemary
- 1 tbsp ground garlic
- 1 tbsp ground onion
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- Measure out all the dried herbs and spices, and mix them together in a bowl. Store the Italian seasoning in an airtight container.