These DIY Seasoning Mixes Deliver Full Flavor Without a Grain of Salt

Use this 3-2-1 formula to make your own salt-free, heart-healthy seasonings.

February is American Heart Month and a good time to break sodium-heavy habits. Sprinkling a salt-free seasoning on meats and veggies before you reach for the salt shaker is a smart place to start. And this 3-2-1 teaspoon formula makes it easy to make your own. We'll give you the basic formula plus three flavor variations to try.

DIY Salt-Free Seasoning Formula

Hands-On Time: 5 Minutes. Total Time: 5 Minutes. Makes ¼ Cup

  • 3 teaspoons each onion powder and garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried herb (such as oregano, basil, or thyme)
  • 2 teaspoons wild card (such as ground cumin, coriander, or paprika)
  • 1 teaspoon heat (such as chili powder, crushed red pepper, or cayenne pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Stir together all ingredients in a small airtight container, cover, and store up to 6 months.

Love it? Triple it! Use tablespoons instead of teaspoons to make a larger (¾ cup) batch.

Cajun Seasoning

Dried Herb: Thyme + Wild Card: Paprika + Heat: Cayenne Pepper

close up of salt-free cajun seasoning mix made with dried thyme, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a bowl
Brie Passano

Mediterranean Seasoning

Dried Herb: Basil + Wild Card: Ground Coriander + Heat: Crushed Red Pepper

close up of salt-free mediterranean seasoning mix made with dried basil, ground coriander, and crushed red pepper in a bowl
Brie Passano

Fajita Seasoning

Dried Herb: Oregano + Wild Card: Cumin + Heat: Chili Powder

close up of salt-free fajita seasoning mix made with dried oregano, cumin, and chili powder in a bowl
Brie Passano


This article originally appeared in the February/March 2021 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.

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