Just popping in today for a quick post on something I recently just made out of necessity — Italian seasoning!
I realize that Italian seasoning falls in the category of those generic seasoning blends that “real cooks” claim to never use, such as seasoned salt and lemon pepper. But you know what? I use them all the time. Proudly.
Heck yes! Those dollar-bin seasonings were a big part of how I learned to cook back in the day. They were quick, reliable, and darned affordable when I wanted to try seasoning a chicken breast for dinner instead of ordering take-out. And even today if I’m whipping up a quick soup or my favorite flatbread or even if I just want to add some extra flavor to a pizza, I will still happily reach for a jar of Italian seasonings in a heartbeat. Because let’s be honest, when you’re in a hurry, who really wants to get out the marjoram, and the oregano, and the thyme, andthe basil, and….
Well, actually the other day I did. Because when I reached for my trusty jar to make a quick Italian salad dressing (for a salad coming on Monday!), it was basically empty. So I decided to pull out all of the spices that were listed on the container and figure out how to whip up some Italian seasonings of my own. So today I thought I’d share my findings with you.
I will admit, it’s definitely easiest to just buy this stuff at the store. But if you ever find yourself in a pinch, or even if you’d just like to tinker with the specific spice amounts or make a batch with better-quality spices, then you can give it a try. Ahem — proudly give it a try, because there’s no Italian Seasoning Shame on this blog. ;)
I will note that I chose to make a recipe that is based off of the classic Italian seasoning blends, which is just straight dried herbs. Some of the more gourmet seasoning blends also add in things like garlic powder, onion powder, and/or crushed red pepper flakes (which I love!). But I like adding those separately, so that I can control exactly how much goes into a specific recipe.
I use Italian seasoning all the time too! Pinning this from scratch version!
Yep, I use Italian seasoning all the time, too. No shame here. :) Our local gourmet grocery store puts out a fabulous one that I just love. It looks like you use a bit different blend, so I may have to try your version.
Ali, this looks so good with fresh dried herbs! Definitely giving this a try soon.
Love this made from scratch Italian seasoning. I do love the pre-mixed jars you can buy at the grocery store, but it’s always good to be able to make your own in a pinch.
Great tutorial! It’s always good to know how to replicate spice blends at home.
Oh yeah, use those all the time, too! The Kirkland ones from Costco are a staple in my cooking repertoire! They’re really fantastic and good quality. Thanks for this post. Very good to know and keep in mind for if I am ever in a pinch and am out of my usual stuff.
I am constantly opening 4-5 different jars of herbs when I am cooking! Especially the taco seasoning. serious time saver- great tip!
I love spur-of-the-moment recipe creations. I use Italian seasoning a lot, but I’ve never made it. Easy to do!
I love how down-to-earth and approachable your food blog is, in every post. Three cheers for no seasoning shame!
I was so looking forward to your delicious looking recipe on 10/14/14, but the ingredient list isn’t posted anymore! = ( Very sad! Could you post it again pretty please?
Hey Susan! So sorry about that — we had some recipes disappear when we switched over to the new design. It’s back up now! :)
I can’t find the recipe itself for the Italian seasoning?
I LOVE your recipes! Everything always sounds so yummy!!
Thanks Lori, we’re happy you’re a fan! :D
Very good! Thank you!
I used Herbes de Provence today…
This was delicious!!
Silly note here from a math guy… Recipe states that the yield is 4 teaspoons, which is in fact 1 and 1/3 tablespoons. But the sum of all the ingredients is 1.5 + 1 + 1 + 0.5. + 0.5. + 0.5 = 5 tsps, or 1 and 2/3 tbsp. PS .. GimmeSomeOven is a super site! Thanks so much.
Thank you. Love your website and your recipes. I;ll try them out and will let you know the result. All the best to you.
I used this for the Italian seasoning required in stuffed bell peppers. The minute I put it in the sauce I knew it was the best. Smelled wonderful cooking and absolutely divine when we tasted it.
Thank You for the the Italian seasoning recipe, need for a sauce, have all the spices in the house. Easy to make and has great flavor.
Easy and full of flavor! Went perfectly in my meat sauce for lasagna.
I needed some Italian seasoning for a batch of lasagna soup I was making. Found this recipe and it was exactly what I needed! I didn’t have marjorim on hand, but will make another batch when I do.
Never knew this, thank you for letting me know.
Thank you for this! I have a family member I cook for regularly, who has an oregano allergy. Very helpful to be able to get the basic flavor profile and adjust to taste.
If this person has an oregano allergy they will almost certainly be allergic to marjoram too, since the two are extremely closely related, and probably also to basil and sage! What an awful allergy to have!
Its got to be better than fake Italian seasoning!
I’m puttig it on my list of things to try, like for instance the Goulash I’m going to make for dinner tonight.
I had to make a big pot of spaghetti and realized I had no Italian seasoning for the sauce. I made this Italian seasoning with everything except marjoram because I didn’t have that spice in my cabinet, it was awesome, I will be making just about all my dry seasoning now, so easy and better tasting than store bought seasoning, Thank you for sharing this recipe.
I found it was a great way to use up almost empty spices in my pantry. I love making these blends.
Dried or rubbed sage? I’m a novice but read there is a difference.
I give it a 5 star because the entire process was perfect except for two things I mixed honey butter withe the regular butter ( for taste and browning) it did not brown at all. I also believe i used way to much Italian seasoning. can you give me a little more exact amounts to use on two large breast the next time. Other it was great.. my first time at Brine.
I grow my own organic herbs. Absolutely love this mix. Started using the microwave to dry. 1-3 minutes between paper towels depending on herb. Dried and ready to combine. So much better than any store bought brand!0
Thank you! I like to have some Italian seasoning around for recipes I find online. I had everything already in my pantry except rosemary that I just grab off the bush in my back yard when I need some.
This is so easy and so delicious. Thank you for this recipe.
I love you recipe! I have bought the pre-mixed bottles but they were never the right amount for each herb so I was never really happy and most times I had to add more of one or two of the herbs. Your recipe is just right in ratios for my buds! I also grow them, I live in Central Florida so it is easy to have them year around. Thanks to one of your subscribers'(Theresa) comment, I learned that I can dry them faster in the microwave if I am out of the dried herbs. Thank you and Theresa for making my cooking much better and faster.
This is my go to recipe for making a quick, delicious, homemade Italian seasoning.
Ran out of Italian seasoning, so I had to make this in a pinch–soooo much better than the pre-made bottled versions. I used it for a Tuscan salmon recipe, so delicious.
Thanks for this.
Thank you for the seasoning recipes!!