Skip store-bought spice blends and make your own instead! This homemade Greek seasoning blend can be used on pork, chicken, seafood, and so much more!
Creating This Greek Seasoning
There are so many pre-made Greek seasoning blends available at the grocery store, but I much prefer making my own. Most store-bought blends either contain too much salt or they simply aren’t as flavorful as I’d like them to be.
My solution: homemade Greek seasoning made with a handful of dried herbs and spices that I always have in my pantry!
I love how versatile this all-purpose Greek seasoning is. You can adjust the ingredient ratios to suit your own personal tastes, and I love knowing exactly how much salt is in my spice blend!
In the recipe card below, I’ve listed exact measurements for this seasoning blend. However, you can always make a bulk batch (for long-term storage or gifting!) by measuring out the spices in “parts” rather than in exact teaspoons.
In this post, I’ll detail how to make homemade Greek seasoning, how to store it, and share some of my favorite ways to use this versatile spice blend.
What Is Greek Seasoning?
When I say “Greek seasoning,” I’m referring to an all-purpose spice blend that works well in Greek and Mediterranean cuisines. To be honest, I’m not sure if Greeks living in Greece use an exact spice blend like this, but “Greek seasoning” is very popular in the US and is used to flavor all kinds of Mediterranean dishes!
All-purpose Greek seasoning is made with a blend of dried herbs and spices. Oregano is always featured, plus some combination of garlic powder, onion powder, dill, and thyme.
My recipe also uses dried basil, cumin, and red pepper flakes for added depth of flavor.
Greek seasoning is often paired with chicken or pork, although it can be used as you would any herb and spice blend!
What Is in this Greek Seasoning Blend?
I love how such a simple blend of herbs and spices can create such flavorful dishes! Here are the Greek seasoning ingredients you’ll need:
- Kosher salt
- Garlic powder
- Dried Greek oregano
- Dried basil
- Onion powder
- Ground black pepper
- Dried dill weed
- Dried ground thyme
- Ground cumin
- Crushed red pepper flakes
For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.
Note: This recipe calls for kosher salt. Do NOT substitute an equal amount of regular table salt in this Greek seasoning blend. Table salt is very finely ground, so it’s more potent than kosher salt, which has larger salt flakes.
If all you have is table salt, scale back the amount of salt in this recipe to ¾ tablespoon, taste the seasoning blend, and add more as desired.
How to Make This Greek Seasoning Recipe
Making homemade seasoning blends like this all-purpose Greek seasoning couldn’t be simpler!
Just add the spices to a medium sized mixing bowl and mix together until well combined. I like to use a wire whisk to do this.
Alternatively, you may sift the spices together with a mesh strainer or flour sifter.
Yet another method is to add all of the herbs and spices to a food processor and process until well mixed.
The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.
Tips for Making the Best Greek Seasoning
- Use kosher salt, NOT table salt — Table salt is much finer than kosher salt, which results in a “saltier” salt (i.e. you need much less table salt than kosher salt to achieve the same level of salty flavor).
- Make sure your dried herbs are still good before using — Dried herbs don’t go truly bad unless they’ve been exposed to moisture and have developed mold. However, over time they lose their flavor. Sniff your herbs to see if they’re still “fresh.” If they smell strongly, they’re good to use! If you can hardly smell anything, it’s likely time to toss them and buy a new bag.
- Use freshly ground black pepper, if possible — It has so much more flavor than the pre-ground stuff, but of course use whichever is easier for you.
- Use Greek oregano — It’s more flavorful and earthy than “regular” oregano. Most “regular” oreganos are actually Italian oregano, which is milder than Greek oregano. Technically any kind of oregano can be used, but Greek oregano gives the most authentic, well rounded flavor.
- Only use dried herbs and spices — On the off chance you wanted to make this seasoning blend with fresh herbs, just don’t. Dried herbs last for months!
- Store in an airtight container — This helps seal in the flavors and keeps the seasoning blend fresh.
How to Store Homemade Seasonings
Store your homemade Greek seasoning in an airtight container. This helps keep the herbs “fresh” and prevents the flavor from leaching out.
Store the jar in a cool, dry place. Direct exposure to sunlight will bleach the herbs and make them less potent so don’t place them next to a window.
How Long Does Greek Seasoning Last?
Up to 1 year! So long as the herbs aren’t exposed to water, the seasoning blend will technically last … forever.
However, over time you’ll notice that the smell of the herbs and spices will dramatically decrease, which means the seasoning blends has gone “bad” — i.e. it’s lost a lot of flavor and isn’t very strong.
Using This Seasoning for Greek Chicken
The number one way to use Greek seasoning blend is to make Greek chicken! That means Greek grilled chicken, Greek chicken kabobs, roasted Greek chicken, or even Greek chicken cooked in a skillet on the stovetop.
I have an entire post dedicated to my go-to Greek chicken featuring my favorite Greek marinade. Check it out for full details on how to marinate and then cook Greek chicken.
Or, simply sprinkle the seasoning blend directly onto chicken breasts, thighs, or a whole chicken and cook as desired. You don’t have to incorporate the seasoning blend into a marinade! It’s ready to use as is.
Other Ways to Use this Greek Seasoning
Making Greek chicken is just one of the many ways to enjoy this Greek seasoning! Here are even more of my favorite ways to use this homemade seasoning:
- Try Greek seasoning on Kale Chips.
- Season pork for Greek Pork Kebabs with this homemade Greek Spice Blend.
- Season Homemade Microwave Popcorn for a Greek Seasoned popcorn.
- Use this Greek Seasoning as a seasoning for Grilled Vegetables.
- Sprinkle on chopped tomatoes and cucumber for a simple Greek Salad.
- Sprinkle on Baked Oven Fries to make Greek seasoned French fries.
- Mix Greek Seasoning with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and use it as a dipping sauce for Rustic Bread.
- Add a few shakes of Greek seasoning to equal parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar to make a homemade Greek vinaigrette.
- Take this Easy Roasted Cauliflower recipe to the next level by seasoning it with Greek Seasoning.
- It would also be great on this recipe for Roasted Cauliflower and Tomatoes. Add some crumbled feta cheese after roasting. YUM!
- Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Chips would be really good seasoned with this Greek seasoning blend.
Try This Greek Seasoning Blend at Home!
Next time you’re looking for an all-purpose Greek seasoning, give this recipe a try! Did you try this recipe for Greek seasoning? Leave a comment below and give it a review for others to see what you thought of this Greek seasoning blend.
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- 3 1/4 teaspoons Kosher Salt
- 3 teaspoons Garlic Powder
- 4 1/2 teaspoons Greek Oregano
- 3 teaspoons Dried Basil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Dried Onion Powder
- 1 3/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 2 1/4 teaspoons Dried Dill Weed
- 3/4 teaspoon Ground Thyme
- 3/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 2 1/4 teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Add the kosher salt, garlic powder, Greek oregano, dried basil, dried onion powder, ground black pepper, dried dill weed, ground thyme, ground cumin, and crushed red pepper flakes to a medium sized mixing bowl.
- Using a wire whisk, mix the seasonings until they are well combined.
- Alternatively, you may sift the spices together with a mesh strainer or flour sifter or another method is to add all of the seasonings to a food processor and process until well mixed.
- After combining, transfer the Greek seasoning blend into a clean, dry container that has a lid (such as a glass jar).
- Store this Greek Seasoning covered in a cool, dry place, such as a pantry or spice cabinet.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
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