This Greek seasoning is a blend of dried herbs and spices that adds tons of flavor to chicken, seafood, lamb and vegetables. Greek spice mix only takes minutes to make, and is great to have on hand for easy dinners.
I make my own spice blends whenever possible because they taste so much better than the store bought versions. I always have jars of homemade taco seasoning, Cajun seasoning and Greek seasoning in my pantry.
Mediterranean food is one of my all time favorite cuisines, and I find myself making it for dinner on a regular basis. I developed this Greek seasoning so that I would always have the perfect mix of herbs and spices on hand to season my food.
Greek Seasoning Ingredients
This mix contains a variety of herbs and spices, and most of them are probably already sitting in your pantry.
- Basil: Dried basil adds a herbaceous note to the spice mix and is a common ingredient in Mediterranean cooking.
- Oregano: Most stores sell two different kinds of oregano, Mexican and Mediterranean varieties. For this recipe, you’ll want to purchase the Mediterranean oregano.
- Garlic: Garlic powder is a great way to get a hint of that classic and essential flavor without having to chop a bunch of fresh garlic cloves.
- Onion: I use a little onion power to add a touch of that flavor without the need to mince up a fresh onion.
- Dill: A classic addition to many Greek dishes. I find that dried dill is one of the herbs that loses its flavor quickly the longer its stored, so make sure your jar of dill was recently purchased.
- Rosemary: This is a pungent herb, so I use it sparingly.
- Parsley: Dried parsley adds a lot of fresh flavor along with a nice green color.
- Thyme: Look for thyme leaves rather than ground thyme for best results.
- Cinnamon: This may seem like an unusual ingredient, but it’s actually quite common in Greek cooking. I just add a tiny amount to add a warm, sweet and savory flavor.
- Nutmeg: Use freshly grated nutmeg if you can for the best results.
- Marjoram: This is a less familiar herb that is somewhat similar to oregano, but has notes of citrus flavor.
How do you make Greek seasoning?
This recipe couldn’t be any simpler. Place all of the herbs and spices in a medium bowl, then stir until well combined. Use the seasoning right away, or transfer it to a jar or airtight container. Store the sealed container in a cool, dark place for up to 4 months.
Tips for the perfect spice blend
- You can easily double or triple this recipe so that you always have a jar of seasoning in your pantry.
- Dried herbs and spices don’t stay fresh forever! Their flavor actually fades over time. For best results, use herbs and spices that have been purchased in the last 2-3 months.
- I recommend using 1-2 teaspoons of seasoning per pound of meat or potatoes. If you’re using the seasoning in a marinade, you’ll want to use 2 teaspoons since not all of it will stick to the meat.
If you need Greek seasoning in a pinch and don’t have time to whip up a batch yourself, Italian seasoning is a reasonable substitute.
One of the most commonly used herbs is oregano, specifically Mediterranean oregano.
This spice mix is a blend of common herbs such as parsley, basil, oregano, dill and thyme. It also often contains other ingredients such as onion and garlic powder, and a touch of warm spice such as cinnamon or nutmeg.
How to use Greek Seasoning
This seasoning can be used in so many different ways.
- Chicken: Make a marinade with 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 2 teaspoons Greek seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken thighs, breasts or drumsticks to the marinade, and let them soak for at least one hour, or up to 8 hours. Grill or bake the chicken.
- Beef: Rub cubes of beef with olive oil, seasoning, salt and pepper. Thread the meat onto skewers and grill or bake.
- Seafood: Make a quick marinade for one pound of shrimp or fish with 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 2 teaspoons seasoning mix, salt and pepper. Add the seafood to the marinade and let it soak for 1-2 hours. Grill or bake as desired.
- Potatoes: Coat one pound of diced potatoes with 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons Greek seasoning. Roast at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until brown and crispy.
- Vegetables: Coat your favorite vegetables in olive oil, then add a generous sprinkle of this seasoning along with a little salt. Grill or roast the veggies, then add a little fresh lemon juice on top and enjoy.
The possibilities are endless when you have a jar of homemade Greek seasoning in your kitchen. This spice mix can take almost any meal from plain to extraordinary!
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- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon dried dill
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
- Place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir everything together until it is well combined.
- Use immediately, or transfer to an airtight container or jar.
- This seasoning will stay fresh in a sealed container for up to 4 months.
- Be sure to check the expiration labels on your pantry jars of herbs before you start to prepare this recipe, as expired herbs are edible, but will not be as flavorful.