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Homemade Poultry Seasoning

Poultry Seasoning is best when homemade and it is super easy to make. The ingredients are most likely in your pantry right now and make the perfect blend to add flavor to chicken, turkey, vegetables, and soups!

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Homemade Poultry Seasoning Recipe

Poultry seasoning makes bland chicken and turkey sing with flavor. If poultry could sing. And there are a wide variety of poultry seasonings, but they typically build off the core ingredients: marjoram, sage, thyme, oregano, and rosemary. These make the perfect blend of spices to bring out the flavor of the meat.

My recipe adds a couple other ingredients that work wonders with poultry as well, including nutmeg and celery seed.

Celery seed and nutmeg have a way of elevating the other seasonings in the blend. Celery seed also adds just a hint of a vegetable-like flavor and aroma to round things out as well.

So, I have a basic poultry seasoning blend that is my “go to” but can also serve as a base blend if you prefer to make customized variations based on your recipe.

Uses for Poultry Seasoning

  • turkey, of course
  • chicken dishes
  • pork chops or roasts
  • soups
  • stuffing
  • casseroles
  • pot pies
  • veggie burgers
  • meatloaf
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Ingredients Needed

  • sage (ground sage or rubbed sage)
  • marjoram
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • oregano
  • nutmeg
  • black pepper
  • celery seed

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How to Make Homemade Poultry Seasoning

First: Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Second: Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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How long is it good for?

As long as all your ingredients are dry, you can keep this homemade poultry seasoning a few months. Just make sure to store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.

I like to use a glass jar or spice jar. If moisture from the air causes it to clump, don’t worry, just use a fork to break it up.

Turkey Seasoning Variations

  • Dried lemon peel zest adds a great touch of lemon to the poultry.
  • Take things in a spicier direction by using a bit of cayenne pepper in the blend.
  • Dried mustard adds a touch of heat but also works wonders with poultry.  
  • The Indian spice blend garam masala mixed into poultry seasoning adds an earthy touch that adds a very exotic flavor to the mix.
  • Are you deep frying your turkey or want a new seasoning for oven roasting? Check out this flavorful turkey rub.

Obviously, you can come up with your own variations too. This blend of seasoning is very versatile that way.

measuring spoon full of spice mix

What can I use instead of poultry seasoning?

If you don’t have some already made or all the ingredients to make the complete recipe, just add 2 teaspoons of sage and 1 teaspoon of thyme or marjoram.

Is poultry seasoning the same as chicken seasoning?

It does have a lot of the same basic spices and herbs but my chicken seasoning has garlic powder, onion powder and paprika.

Can I use Italian seasoning instead?

Italian seasoning has a lot of the same ingredients like rosemary and thyme but it doesn’t have the sage.

Feel free to use the Italian seasoning and add a little bit of sage to it and it will work just fine.

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I love making my own spice blends:

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Use dried herbs for best results.
  • Check the expiration dates on your individual spices.
  • If using fresh herbs, double the amount.
  • Don’t have marjoram, add more oregano.
  • Want more spice, add white pepper instead of black pepper.
  • Feel like it’s more like Italian seasoning? Use a smaller amount of oregano.
  • Like your seasoning in a fine powder? Use a spice grinder.

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jar of homemade poultry seasoning

This homemade poultry seasoning is a herbaceous blend for your turkey or chicken. Also perfect for bringing out the savory flavors of stuffing too!

homemade poultry seasoning

Poultry Seasoning

Yield: 8 teaspoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Poultry Seasoning is best when homemade and it is super easy to make. The ingredients are most likely in your pantry right now and make the perfect blend to add flavor to chicken, turkey, vegetables, and soups!

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons sage
  • 1.5 teaspoons marjoram
  • 1.5 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients.
  2. Grind in a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder.
  3. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Notes

  • Use dried herbs for best results.
  • Check the expiration dates on your individual spices.
  • If using fresh herbs, double the amount.
  • Don't have marjoram, add more oregano.
  • Feel like it's more like Italian seasoning? Use a smaller amount of oregano.
  • Like your seasoning in a fine powder? Use a spice grinder.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 24Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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