With bright and bold flavors of sage, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, nutmeg, and pepper, our substitute for poultry seasoning just may become your favorite way to season chicken and turkey dishes! We are going to show you how to make a batch of our homemade poultry seasoning without salt in just 5-minutes whether you are looking to grind it up or leave your herbs whole and full of delicious texture and a WHOLE LOTTA YUM.
Homemade Poultry Seasoning Substitute
We have been on a roll over here making up some amazing seasoning substitutes for our home, and this homemade poultry seasoning substitute is our latest one! We have tried it on a few different cuts, including turkey cutlets and chicken thighs, and so far everyone is raving about this salt-free seasoning blend.
Homemade seasoning mixes are a great way to control just what goes in your spice blends. Whether you are looking for an Italian seasoning substitute, a substitute for Cajun seasoning, or a substitute for chili powder, we've got you covered with the perfect seasoning blend replacements.
Why You'll Love This!
- Made from a delicously earthy blend or herbs and spices, our poultry seasoning substitute is the perfect addition to your chicken and turkey recipes.
- We are skipping the salt but adding in plenty of thyme, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, and sage to make a poultry seasoning blend that is bursting with flavor.
- You can choose to leave the homemade chicken seasoning not ground leaving the texture of the various herbs or opt to blend it to create a smoother finish similar to Bell's or McCormick's.
- One of the best aspects of making a homemade seasoning rub for poultry is being able to customize it to fit your unique tastes!
We are starting with fresh herbs and spices to make our homemade poultry seasoning without salt. For best results, be sure your ingredients are still aromatic and full of flavor before combining them.
- dried rubbed sage
- dried thyme
- dried marjoram
- ground or finely minced dried rosemary
- ground black pepper
- ground nutmeg
** Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact quantities **
Step by Step Instructions
Making homemade seasoning blends, like our substitute for poultry seasoning, is a super easy process that allows you to customize your spice mixtures and create the best flavor for your favorite recipes.
Add all of the dried spices to a small bowl and combine well.
The turkey and chicken seasoning can be used as-is to season your favorite poultry recipes or you can add them to a spice grinder or Magic Bullet cup to finely blend the mix.
Store the seasoning mix in a small airtight jar with a lid for 6 months. Dried seasonings will last longer than 6 months but will start to lose their potency and flavor.
This is an easy recipe to cut in half or double if it's a seasoning you'll use regularly.
- The seasoning can be used to season chicken and turkey recipes like soup, stuffing, or to sprinkle on any poultry cut along with salt and pepper before cooking.
- Poultry seasoning can be made in two ways, either by simply combining the dried spices and using it to flavor your favorite chicken or turkey recipes OR you can combine and then grind the dried herbs in a spice grinder or blender like the finely ground store-bought seasoning is sold.
- Ground rosemary cannot be purchased at most grocery stores, you'll need to first finely chop or grind whole rosemary leaves; however, if you want to make the finely ground rosemary as you'll find at the store similar to McCormick's brand or Bell's, you can just grind all ingredients after mixing them together.
- You can use fresh herbs to make a poultry seasoning recipe instead of dried herbs. The ratio of fresh to dried herbs is 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs can be used for each teaspoon of dried herbs.
- If you have most of the ingredients on hand but not all of them, simply leave that one ingredient out or use a similar herb. For example, to make a version without sage skip the sage and increase other herbs like the oregano and thyme. To make a poultry seasoning without nutmeg, just leave it out or swap it with all-spice, cardamon, or mace.
- Instead of making homemade poultry seasoning if you're rushed for time, you can also substitute Italian seasoning or Herbs de Provence in your recipe.
No, poultry seasoning and chicken rub are not the same thing. Each blend uses different herbs and spices and they are often used to create very different end results.
The main ingredient for poultry seasoning is sage, and often this is used in aromatic recipes such as soups and stuffings.
The main ingredient for chicken rub is paprika, but rubs will often include cayenne, cumin, and/or chili powder as well. Typically chicken rubs are used to create a BBQ-style flavor and are great for grilling or air frying.
When stored properly in an airtight container with a lid (such as a small mason jar), your dried spice mixtures will last for 6-12 months. After that they will begin to lose their potency.
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