Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix | gimmesomeoven.com

Newsflash for ranch lovers!  Did you know that it is super duper easy to make delicious ranch seasoning mix homemade?

True story.  No need to run to the store for one of those processed packets, or to pick up a jar of your favorite ranch dressing or dip.  All of the ingredients are likely sitting right there in your spice cabinet!  Just do a little measuring, a little mixing, and you’re ready to make your favorite ranch dressing or dip or whatever other ranch-ness you may love in less than 5 minutes.  It is seriously that easy!

The great thing too about homemade ranch seasoning is that it won’t be full of un-pronounceable mystery ingredients.  Just your simple herbs and spices, and some optional powdered buttermilk if you’d like (similar to powdered milk).

I love using mine to make skinny Greek yogurt ranch dip, ranch dressing, or I’ll even just use the mix to season some chicken or fries.  Delish!!!

What is your favorite way to enjoy ranch?

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix | gimmesomeoven.com

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

Delicious ranch seasoning mix is super easy to make homemade!


  • 1/3 cup dry buttermilk (**see note below**)
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. dried onion flakes
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 tsp. salt


Whisk all ingredients together until blended. If you want a more finely-ground seasoning mix, you can pulse the mixture in a food processor until it reaches your desired consistency.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

*3 Tablespoons of this mix = 1 packet of the store-bought seasoning mix

**To Make Ranch Dressing:

Combine 1 Tbsp. seasoning mix with 1/3 cup mayo and 1/3 cup milk, and whisk to combine. You can also substitute Greek yogurt for the mayo.

**You can omit the buttermilk powder if you would like to use fresh buttermilk, or if you would just like the straight spices for the seasoning mix.**

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Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix | gimmesomeoven.com

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix | gimmesomeoven.com

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Penny h — November 28, 2014 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    The most popular and sometimes the only Ranch envelop available , in a regular grocery, has MSG, so does Badia seasoning!  So I have avoided Ranch too.  Can’t wait to try it.  Seems that the buttermilk powder is pretty important part, though.  

  2. Shelley — January 25, 2015 @ 6:00 pm (#)

    I was out of the packets and found this recipe!  Made in 5 minutes and am thrilled with the results.  Super cool.  Thanks

  3. Sue — March 10, 2015 @ 2:01 pm (#)

    I love this recipe because it is free of MSG and other unwanted ingredients, and tastes great. My kids love the chicken I make with it. I combine in a bowl some seasoning mix (minus the buttermilk) with nonfat Greek yogurt. In another bowl I combine an equal amount of crushed corn flakes and parmesan cheese. First, I dip chicken tenders (I cut up chicken breasts into the size of tenders) in the yogurt mixture. Then I coat them with the corn flake/parmesan mixture. I arrange the coated tenders on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sometimes I sprinkle a little pepper and salt on them too. Then I bake them at around 425 degrees until they are not pink in the middle. The leftovers don’t last very long:-)

    • Ali — March 18th, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

      Thanks Sue, and I love what you did with it, yum! : )

  4. Rachel — March 25, 2015 @ 4:54 pm (#)

    Thank you for this! 

    I’m laughing right now brcause the ad at the bottom of your page is for Hidden Valley Ranch packets. =)

    • Ali — March 25th, 2015 @ 5:28 pm

      Ha!! Well done, advertising networks… :)

  5. Gloria — March 26, 2015 @ 9:25 pm (#)

    Dumb question – can you use regular powdered milk instead of powdered buttermilk?  I’m trying to avoid buying a $15 bag of dry buttermilk that I have no other uses for. Thanks!

  6. Jeannie J — April 17, 2015 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    wow, what a great idea!  I love ranch seasoning but hate the chemicals, I can’t wait to try this. Thank you!

    • Ali — April 18th, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

      Thanks Jeannie, I hope you enjoy it!

  7. cathy — April 20, 2015 @ 12:01 am (#)

    I live in the UK after s trip to the US loved ranch dressing. We cannot buy it here ! So will give this recipe a try, dried buttermilk is not on sale here so will have to make it with ordinary dried milk,  but will also try it mixed with Greek yogurt to get the tart flavor. 
    Thank you for sharing. 

    • Ali — April 20th, 2015 @ 2:30 pm

      Thanks Cathy, I hope you find you like it! And I think the Greek yogurt is an excellent idea, let me know how it turns out!

  8. Liz — April 28, 2015 @ 3:06 pm (#)

    I made this and mixed 3 Tbsp of the mix with 1cup of mayo & 1 cup of milk and it was very watery, is there anything I can do to thicken it up?

    • Ali — April 30th, 2015 @ 2:24 pm

      Hmmm, I wonder if you just try adding the milk gradually, until you’ve achieved the texture you want? I hope that helps!

  9. Chris — April 28, 2015 @ 4:44 pm (#)

    This recipe made a delicious seasoning mix, but I found that it lacked a lot of the tanginess that “real” ranch seasoning has. Anyone else feel like it’s VERY close, but just missing a little something?

  10. Sonia — May 27, 2015 @ 10:54 am (#)

    Question – does anyone know how long the mix itself will last?

    • Ali — May 27th, 2015 @ 12:58 pm

      Hey Sonia, you need to store the seasoning in the fridge, and as for how long it lasts, it should depend on the expiration date listed on your dried buttermilk. Hope you enjoy!

  11. Caryn — July 6, 2015 @ 6:28 am (#)

    Sounds so good! Question? Do you make this with one Tbs. seasoning mix, how much yogurt AND milk? Your instructions seem a bit confusing. Unless I just missed something. 

  12. Wendy — August 2, 2015 @ 8:13 pm (#)

    I make this with plain kefir. It’s a great substitute for buttermilk.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 4th, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

      We love kefir, that’s a great idea! Let us know how it turned out!

  13. Tyler — September 28, 2015 @ 7:33 am (#)

    This sounds wonderful! And much healthier than the store bought packets. If we will not use the dried buttermilk (I want to use it for seasoning only), do we still need to refrigerate it? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 28th, 2015 @ 8:52 am

      Thanks Tyler, we hope you enjoy this, and yes, you still need to refrigerate it. :)

  14. TJ — October 15, 2015 @ 10:51 pm (#)

    I’m confused about why this needs to be refrigerated if you are omitting the
     buttermilk and are using it for seasoning only. It is all spices. I don’t keep mine in the fridge. Wouldn’t this basically be the same thing? I realize once it is mixed with some kind of dairy products it needs to be refrigerated.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 16th, 2015 @ 9:44 am

      Hi TJ. Once the buttermilk powder has been opened/removed from the package, it should be refrigerated, according to what we’ve read. It’s nothing dire — we’re not sure that the mix will necessarily spoil if you don’t refrigerate it, but refrigerating should help prolong its life/freshness. We hope this helps!

  15. Kaitlyn — November 16, 2015 @ 9:02 am (#)

    My kids both have a really scary reaction when they eat bottled Ranch so I am going to try this because what kid doesnt love Ranch and my kiddos wont eat veggies, But Id rather not put Mayo in it can I sub Sour cream instead?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 16th, 2015 @ 2:15 pm

      Oh no, that’s awful Kaitlyn! We hope you and your kiddos like this, and we think sour cream would work just fine in place of mayo.

  16. Lisa — November 22, 2015 @ 7:34 am (#)

    instead of dry chives or dried chopped onio n would it still be good with fresh chives and fresh chopped onions? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 23rd, 2015 @ 9:20 am

      It would taste delicious, but the mix wouldn’t hold up as well – you would need to use it pretty quickly. Either way, we hope you enjoy!

  17. Jane — December 2, 2015 @ 6:15 pm (#)

    Hi please can you help.  Your Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix sounds amazing.  I live in Australia and love Ranch Dressing which is difficult to find.  My problem is that I cannot find dry buttermilk powder anywhere in Australia.  Is there anything I can do to substitute this?
    Many thanks

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 2nd, 2015 @ 9:08 pm

      Hi Jane! Unfortunately we are not able to find a substitute for the buttermilk powder. :( We wish we knew of something. You can order it online here though:

  18. Erica — December 6, 2015 @ 12:07 pm (#)

    Hi!  Wonderful recipe, thank you.  Have you tried to make into a ranch dip?  Would you just omit the milk and add only mayo or Greek yogurt?  Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 7th, 2015 @ 11:30 am

      Thanks Erica, we hope you enjoy this! yes, we would probably do it exactly that way (you can always add a touch of milk to thin it out if you need to, depending on your desired consistency).

  19. Nichik — December 17, 2015 @ 5:05 am (#)

    Horrible. Way too much onion and dill. One star. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 17th, 2015 @ 10:15 am

      We’re sorry to hear you didn’t are for this, hopefully you can find another recipe that you enjoy.

  20. alex — December 29, 2015 @ 4:56 pm (#)

    If i dont use buttermilk powder how much of the seasoning mix do i use and do i use 1/3 cup buttermilk instead of milk?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 3rd, 2016 @ 9:26 pm

      Hi Alex! If you are making Ranch dressing with this recipe, then just omit the buttermilk powder and use 1/3 cup buttermilk instead of regular milk. We hope you enjoy!

  21. Cath — January 10, 2016 @ 3:46 am (#)

    Thank you for sharing this as we can’t get ranch dressing mix here in the UK !!
    Going to make this today.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2016 @ 5:26 pm

      Awesome Cath, we hope you enjoy! :D

  22. Marilea Johnson — January 13, 2016 @ 1:16 pm (#)

    Love making my own seasoning. Haven’t found a ranch dressing that doesn’t include mayo or yogurt. I thought the buttermilk poweder in interesting look forward to trying it. In my opinion one of my favorite ranch dressing is Chili’s ranch. I heard they add a bit of pickle juice, that’s the secret ingredient. I haven’t been able to perfect that recipe. Curious if you’ve ever added a bit of pickle juice to your ranch dressing mix? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 13th, 2016 @ 2:48 pm

      We haven’t tried pickle juice, but we think that would be a fantastic addition to this – we’re totally going to have to give that a try next time! :D

  23. Brenda — January 16, 2016 @ 2:08 am (#)

    I made this and mixed 1 Tbls with 1/3 cup mayo and 1/3 cup lactaid 2% milk it is on the thin side is there anything that will thicken it up? The flavor is great just to thin to use as a dip.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 17th, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

      Hmmm, we think maybe just adding some more mayo or sour cream would thicken it right up. We hope that helps!


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