Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

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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

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


Delicious ranch seasoning mix is super easy to make homemade!



  • 1/3 cup dry powdered buttermilk (*see note below)
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. 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.
  2. Store in a sealed container (here is the jar I used) in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
  3. *3 Tablespoons of this mix = 1 packet of the store-bought seasoning mix

**To Make Ranch Dressing:

  1. 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.**

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix | gimmesomeoven.com

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix | gimmesomeoven.com

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix | gimmesomeoven.com

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346 comments on “Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix”

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  3. 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.  

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

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  14. 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:-)

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  17. Thank you for this! 

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

  18. 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!

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

  20. 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. 

    • 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!

  21. 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?

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

  22. 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?

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

    • 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!

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  25. 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. 

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

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  33. 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? 

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  35. 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.

    • 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!

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  37. 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?

    • 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.

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

    • 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!

  39. 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

    • 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:

  40. 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!

    • 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).

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

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

  42. 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?

    • 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!

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

  45. 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? 

    • 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

  46. 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.

    • 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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