Greek Seasoning Blend: This fresh, homemade Greek spice mix blends the warm herb flavors of Greek seasoning with earthy garlic and a hint of spice. This is going to be your new favorite seasoning!
I love seasoning mixes. And Greek seasoning, with its sunny herb flavors, goes with almost anything. But, really, all I want is the seasonings—not the MSG, extra sodium, and unpronounceable chemicals. Good news: with this Greek seasoning recipe you can make it yourself, with ingredients you know, in just a few minutes! You’ll be surprised at how quickly you start relying on this little bottle of seasoning gold. I sprinkle it on all kinds of things, from veggie to chicken.
You guys probably know from my Greek Chicken Bowls (Meal Prep) how obsessed I am with Greek Flavors. And based on how popular those bowls are, I am guessing you are too. What is not to love? That is why today I am so excited to share this Greek Spice Blend. Making your own spice blends is something everyone should try! And this Greek seasoning mixture is a great place to start as it is so versatile.
What spices are used in Greek food?
Sure, ancient Greeks, trading across the civilized world, picked up a trinket or two here and there. But what matters to me, right-here-right-now, is the FOOD. Greek spices are world spices, thanks to a sunny climate that can support almost anything, and you can find Greek seasoning lists that include almost everything in your spice cupboard. Here are some of the headliner spices:
And the herbs:
For this spice blend, I pull from several of these classic Greek flavor profiles, and make a blend that is simple but versatile.
What is Greek seasoning made of?
Picture the Greek landscape: the bright sun, the rocky soil, a steep path lined with…yup. If you can think of an herb that might grow there, it’s in Greek seasoning. Basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, dill. Now add some sea salt (naturally), garlic powder (of course), and some cornstarch to make it all shake and coat well. My secret ingredients? I like a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg for the spice notes.
It adds just the right amount of depth to this blend, and gives it a surprising finish. Perfect for roasted veggies.
What are the ingredients used in Cavender’s Greek Seasoning?
Perhaps you’re familiar with the red-and-yellow shaker labeled “Cavender’s Greek Seasoning.” It’s been popular for 50 years, and as popular as Greek food has become, people are looking for a fresh take.
According to Cavender’s website, “the spice is a unique blend of 13 ingredients.” The listed ingredients are salt, black pepper, corn starch, garlic, MSG, oregano, a flavor base (hydrolyzed corn soy protein, sugar, onion powder, spice extracts), parsley, and “five other spices.”
That is all well and good, but I would prefer to skip the junk, and just have the goodness of the spices. So I will make my own. And then keep it on hand so it is as easy to grab as a bottle of Cavender’s.
What spices are used in souvlaki?
Souvlaki is Greek street food—small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on skewers and usually eaten straight off them.
Pork is popular, as is chicken, lamb, or beef.
Lemon and olive oil make up the marinade base, and the spices and herbs are every cook’s special secret. Though the proportions will vary, and a secret ingredient or two may come in, expect to taste oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, garlic, as well as a peppery note that might be mustard, pepper, or coriander.
My recipe for Greek Chicken Skewers features mint, rosemary, oregano, and a dash of cayenne pepper. But if you want even more flavor, you could swap that out with this greek seasoning mixture.
How long can I store my Greek seasoning mix?
Herbs and spices don’t “go bad,” exactly, but the flavor fades or changes over time. Use these guidelines:
- Most dried herbs are at their peak for about 1 year
- Whole spices stay fresh for about 4 years
- Ground spices are good for 2-3 years
So for the best flavor, start with the freshest dried herbs you can find when you make your Greek seasoning mix. I like to get mine from the bulk section at my local grocer.
Herbs last best in airtight containers, in a cool, dry location out of direct sunlight. And not by heat.
So, once you have everything mixed up, put it in some fun spice bottles.
I like these Simple Houseware spice bottles for storing spice mixes. They’re solid, heavy-duty glass, with screw-on lids and shaker tops, so they work equally well for spooning the seasoning mix and for sprinkling it on vegetables and potatoes.
Does a sprinkle of Greek seasoning have you wanting more Greek flavors? You’re in luck! I have lots more Greek recipes:
- Instant Pot Greek Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki
- Sheet Pan Greek Chicken Bake
- Easy Greek Pasta Salad
- Greek Marinated Steak with Corn Feta Relish
- Easy Greek Salmon Salad
Greek Seasoning Blend
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- Mix everything together in a bowl.
- Store in an airtight container.
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