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This homemade All Purpose Seasoning or “House Seasoning” is the best way to jazz up meat, seafood, salad or veggies. The perfect balance of kosher salt, dried parsley, dried minced onion, garlic powder and dried basil works with almost any dish!

All purpose seasoning spilling out of a spice jar

Y’all…I’ve finally devoted an entire post to the “recipe” for our favorite all purpose seasoning. It only took me how many years?!?! When readers started sending me messages requesting the “House Seasoning” recipe that they couldn’t find on my blog, I knew it was time to solve that problem.

After all, I’ve included this homemade all purpose seasoning recipe in various posts (such as my grilled salmon recipe and my grilled pork chops recipe), and the simple blend has garnered somewhat of a cult following! So many of you have told me that you keep a bulk supply of it in your pantry and add it to just about everything that you cook — just like we do.

Why this homemade seasoning blend is so good:

All credit for this recipe goes to my mom, who created it years ago when she was trying to duplicate a seasoning blend that she purchased when we were vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard. The original blend that she bought was called “By the Sea,” and one glance at the ingredients made it clear that she could easily reproduce the mixture at home.

Mom gifted jars of her “House Seasoning” to family and friends one year for Christmas, and we were all instantly hooked. She began purchasing the spices in bulk at Costco because her neighbors would repeatedly request refills on their supply. I’ve since learned how to make my own, and it has become a staple in our home as well.

The simple blend of basic herbs and spices isn’t overpowering, is appealing to almost every palate, and highlights the natural flavors in everything from chicken and steak to fish, shrimp, roasted vegetables and cold salads. It’s a healthy way to add flavor to your food, without adding fat or calories.

Bottle of all purpose seasoning on a white marble board

How to make All-Purpose Seasoning:

It only takes about 5 minutes to stir together these five simple ingredients, and then you can keep a stash of the homemade blend in your pantry for up to a year.


  • Garlic powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Dried parsley flakes
  • Dried minced onion
  • Dried basil

Just combine the ingredients in equal proportions, so you can make as much or as little of the seasoning as you like!

How to store All Purpose Seasoning:

Store the seasoning blend in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 year. We make a batch in bulk and store it in a large mason jar, but you can use smaller spice jars if you prefer.

Mason jar full of homemade all purpose seasoning blend

How to use All-Purpose Seasoning:

It’s seriously good with just about anything! Here are a few ways that we use the house seasoning in our kitchen:

Overhead shot of homemade house seasoning blend on a white plate

Enjoy the blend — I hope it becomes your new “house seasoning” as well!

All purpose seasoning spilling out of a spice jar

All-Purpose Seasoning {House Seasoning}

5 from 10 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings 1 1/4 cups (60 teaspoons)
Calories 4.9 kcal
This All-Purpose Seasoning is truly the perfect blend of herbs and spices. Use it with chicken, beef, seafood and vegetables!



  • Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake to mix. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 year.


You can adjust the amount of seasoning that you make. Just remember to keep the proportions the same for each ingredient!


Serving: 1teaspoonCalories: 4.9kcalCarbohydrates: 1.1gProtein: 0.2gSodium: 385mgPotassium: 19.8mgFiber: 0.2g
Keyword: all purpose seasoning blend, homemade all purpose seasoning recipe, house seasoning
Course: condiment
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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    1. 5 stars
      The seasoning mix is fantastic!! Love it on bake chicken. I use it on most meats. I have to make it for one of my sons. He also put it on vegetables especially on sauté spinach and scrambled eggs. I found the recipe while looking for baked salmon recipe. I am hooked!!

  1. 5 stars
    Since my husband is on a sodium restricted diet, I made your House Seasoning without the salt. Delicious. So far I’ve used it on meats before cooking and I put some in my “ dump whatever is in the refrigerator” macaroni salad. It gave great flavor to the pasta salad.

    1. Thanks, Debbie! I’m so glad that it worked well for you — even without the salt. Great to know!

      1. 5 stars
        Thanks. This had become my go-to seasoning for all kinds of things, from fish to beef stew. It’s nice to have it all made to throw on whatever!

  2. 5 stars
    Simple and delicious. I seem to add it to a lot of recipes. I especially like it in roasted potatoes. I used some house seasoning , canola oil and the cubed fresh potatoes. Another time I added in Franks Red hot seasoning powder to the potato combo and it added a nice twist.

    1. Thanks, Chloe! I agree — it’s so good on roasted potatoes. I bet the added spicy seasoning is also a great touch!

  3. Hoping that you can help me figure out why my strip steaks are tough. I purchase them at my local meat market where I pick my uncut loin. They then cut it for me, the thickness that is the norm. I then freeze them I a vacuum sealed bag, individually. When I am ready to enjoy, I remove one from the freezer, let it thaw, then grill. So disappointed that it is tough. When I first began this, they were great, I don’t know whatI am doing different. Maybe you can set me on the right path. I am going to follow your recipe for both the seasoning and your process. Well off to the store for ingredients, then try again. Hoping…….

    1. Hi, Bonnie! It’s hard to know for sure, but you might check with the butcher to see if he/she has any ideas as to why they might be tougher recently than before. In general, the meat gets tougher if you cook it for too long — but it doesn’t sound like that’s your issue if you’re doing everything the same. I hope that you enjoy this recipe and that the steaks come out tender and juicy! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    So so happy I found this recipe! I’m using it on everything. Most of my ‘meat’ recipes are for chicken or fish and I have many favorites. I’m using this House Seasoning on all I’ve done since finding it. Last evening it was a large salmon fillet and YUM! Going to experiment with my egg salad recipe next, Thank you Blair (If I could, I’d give more than 5 stars.)

  5. 5 stars
    Stubble on the recipe while now searching for something else. It is now our go to seasoning. Make everything taste better.

  6. 5 stars
    I found this recipe with the grilled salmon recipe about 6 months ago. Since then, I have used it for so many things! I use it for the grilled salmon, chicken, pasta salad and veggies. I get compliments ALL the TIME. So many people have asked me for the recipe and I have replied, “You’ll get it for Christmas” ha ha! Thank you so much for sharing! My friends and family think I’m a genius!