Poultry Seasoning Recipe

Poultry Seasoning. Photo © Erin Huffstetler
  • Prep Time
    5 min
  • Cook Time
    0 min
  • Total Time
    5 min
  • Yield
    1/3 cup

You can make your own poultry seasoning mix easily and cheaply rather than buying a prepared mixture. If you grow and dry your own herbs, you'll be able to enjoy them for months to come in your recipes. Even if you don't grow every herb in the recipe, you won't have to buy each one already dried.

Making your own blend is also a good way to use up remaining amounts of herbs in your pantry. That can save space and free up a slot for a fresh bottle of spices.

Homemade poultry seasoning also makes a nice gift for birthdays, holidays, wedding showers and other occasions. It will be appreciated as both useful and personal rather than something store-bought. You could include it along with recipes for roasting chicken, making your favorite stuffing, or chicken soup. Include it in a gift basket with bamboo cooking utensils, a roasting pan, kitchen towels and an oven mitt. You can package the seasoning in a clear plastic bag tied with a ribbon, a spice bottle or a small cute jar.


  • 2 Tablespoons dried marjoram
  • 2 Tablespoons dried savory
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon dried sage
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 pinch of rosemary
  • 1 pinch of onion powder


Blend all of the spices together. You can simply mix them if you prefer to retain them as tiny leaves. If you want a more powdery consistency, you can grind the poultry seasoning mixture with a mortar and pestle, pulse it briefly in a food processor, or grind it in a coffee grinder or spice grinder.

Store your poultry seasoning in an air-tight container such as a glass jar with a seal, a spice bottle, or a sealed plastic bag.

For longer storage, you might store it in the freezer.

Your poultry seasoning will have a shelf life of one to three years (based on the age of the oldest component) if kept in a dry, dark, cool area. But it is always better to use it sooner rather than later. Be sure to label your seasoning with what it is and the date that you created it. 

Variations for Poultry Seasoning Blends

Like the lyrics of the song "Scarborough Fair," this is a basic parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme blend. You may not like one or more of the elements or you might want to make additions. Feel free to change the proportions. Other spices you might want to experiment adding are celery seed, nutmeg, ginger, cayenne, paprika, coriander, basil, black pepper, garlic powder, garlic salt, celery salt. There is no wrong or right, it is a matter of personal taste.

Using Your Poultry Seasoning

You can use your blend in place of any "poultry seasoning" listed in recipes.

For your own creations, try using it when you make soup, stuffing, roasted poultry, casseroles, rice dishes and quinoa dishes,

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