Homemade Poultry Seasoning Recipe

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Instead of relying on pre-packaged seasonings, why not make your own poultry seasoning at home that’s perfect for roast turkey, chicken, homemade turkey stuffing, and more?

You can use this seasoning to make your own Easy Thanksgiving Turkey, Chicken Patties, or to help spice up a Turkey Gravy!

jar of poultry seasoning with a wooden spoon in it

Poultry Seasoning

Poultry seasoning is a description for what is really a multipurpose blend of different herbs that help bring out the natural flavor of poultry.

While this seasoning blend is definitely designed primarily for use with turkey, there is nothing stopping you from using it with poultry, just chicken or even duck.

Also, don’t forget to season whatever poultry you end up using with plenty of salt, as this seasoning blend doesn’t have any. Salt will amplify the flavors of this seasoning!

ingredients needed for poultry seasoning

Poultry Seasoning Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• ground dried sage

• ground dried thyme

• Ground dried marjoram

• Ground dried rosemary

• Ground nutmeg

• Finely ground black pepper

mixing spices for poultry seasoning

How To Make Poultry Seasoning

• Combine all of the ingredients together in a small bowl

• Transfer to an airtight container.

• Store in your cupboard and use when called for in recipes

How To Use Fresh Seasonings Instead

While this seasoning blend uses the kinds of dried seasonings that you can find in supermarkets everywhere, there is no one stopping you from going the extra mile and making it using only fresh herbs instead.

While things like black pepper and nutmeg aren’t really possible to get fresh, seeing as they literally require drying to become usable, anyone with a herb garden can easily make this seasoning blend themselves.

Simply gather about double the amount of fresh herbs than you would use dried herbs by volume, clean them and chop them up finely or grind them down.

The really great thing about using fresh herbs, besides their inherent freshness and intensity of flavor, is that it is really easy to adjust the flavor profile of your seasoning blend with a little sprinkle more of one herb or another as you like.

jar of poultry seasoning

What Variations Of Different Seasonings Could You Use?

This recipe is a great building block from which to make your own seasoning blends, allowing you to customize it based on the herbs you have and that fit your own personal preference.

While this mainstay combination of sage, thyme, and rosemary, which are the classic thanksgiving herbs, might be the most classic, there is nothing stopping you from making all kinds of weird and interesting blends.

Why not add some cumin, chili powder, and ground coriander and make it a Mexican blend? Or some garam masala and a bit of turmeric to make something closer to South Indian cuisine?

Whatever you do, just make sure that you taste it as you go so that you always like whatever it is you end up with!

Looking for more delicious Turkey recipes? Try these out:

How to Make Turkey Stock

How to Cook the Juiciest, Most Tender Oven Roast Turkey

How to Make Turkey Carcass Soup

Enjoy! Out of all the seasonings out there, I use poultry seasoning the most!



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Homemade Poultry Seasoning Recipe

Make your own poultry seasoning at home that's perfect for roast turkey, chicken, homemade turkey stuffing and more!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
7 tablespoons
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 tablespoons ground dried sage
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon ground dried marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons ground dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper


  • Combine all of the ingredients together in a small bowl, then transfer to an airtight container. Store in your cupboard and use when call for in recipes.

Recipe Notes

  • Adjust the seasonings to your personal tastes 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 51kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 134mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 635IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 227mg, Iron: 10mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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