All Purpose Seasoning Blend

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Garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper make up the All-Purpose Seasoning that I reach for the most often.

Loaded with my most frequently used spices, this seasoning blend is always worthy of space in my spice cabinet – although, if I’m honest, it’s on the counter more often than in the cabinet most days.

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Traditional recipes for house seasoning call for a simple blend of salt, pepper, and garlic. I’ve made that blend of spices plenty of times and it’s always a great combination.

However, my personal favorite (aka the “House Seasoning” of choice in my kitchen) also includes onion powder and smoked paprika.

All Purpose Seasoning

You’ll notice that I’ve also reduced the salt a good bit from the amounts used in traditional House Seasoning recipes.

This allows the seasoning blend to be used in greater amounts for extra flavor without making things “salty.”

These spices really are an all-purpose blend in my kitchen. They’re the everyday spices that can be reached for in almost any recipe to add a whole lot of flavor in just moments.

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I’ve been making garlic and paprika recipe combinations for so long now, they’re an established flavor favorite. These Garlic and Paprika Rubbed Steaks and this Garlic and Paprika Roasted Cauliflower are terrific examples of how well these flavors work together.

This blend of spices is actually very similar to the Cajun Seasoning that we love so much, without any heat at all.

I’ve used this blend countless times for Crispy Oven Baked Chicken and it works beautifully for the pan-grilled chicken here too.

All Purpose Seasoning blend with garlic, onion, paprika, salt, and pepper is a staple.

How To Make All-Purpose Seasoning

  1. In a small bowl or jar, stir together garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper.
  2. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
Pan-grilled chicken with House Seasoning

How To Use All Purpose Seasoning for Chicken

  • Place chicken pieces on a large baking sheet or cutting board and pat dry.
  • Season each piece generously on each side with about 1/2 teaspoon of the spice blend.
  • Heat a nonstick grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Warm the oil in the pan. Place half the chicken in the pan, making sure there is a gap between the pieces. Cook the chicken without touching it for 5 minutes.
  • Flip over and cook an additional 3-5 minutes until cooked through. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Remove the cooked chicken to a plate.
Grilled chicken with House Seasoning

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Best House Seasoning Blend

All Purpose Seasoning Blend

Garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper make up the blend of spices that I reach for the most often.
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Servings: 14 (1) tablespoon servings, about 3/4 cups total

Ingredients 

  • 4 tablespoons granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated onion or onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a small bowl or jar, stir together the garlic, onion, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Eileen says

    Hi Mary, I am allergic to garlic. Is there a homemade spice blend that you can recommend that will still give a great taste and kick to a meal? Thank you