Homemade Spice Blends

I like to cook using a variety of spices, and while I certainly do not always stick to specific spice combinations, I have found that making spice blends that I tend to use often can be of great convenience. These pre-made spice blends save time and take some of the guesswork out of cooking.


For each spice blend combine all of the ingredients and mix well, if using whole seeds or dried herbs you can use a mortar and pestle to finely grind down the ingredients. Add each blend to its own small container on your spice rack for easy access.

Dukkah Spice: this spice blend is traditionally used in Egypt, and is a fantastic mix for most savory dishes. I love adding this spice mixture to fish and meat, or dusted on vegetables for roasting.

1 tablespoon coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon sumac, 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, 1/2 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon crushed hazelnuts.

Italian Seasoning: of course this spice blend can be used in a great variety of both Italian and non Italian dishes. This versatile seasoning is great for pasta and meat dishes, or even with just some olive oil and bread.

1 tablespoon thyme, 1 tablespoon oregano, 1 tablespoon rosemary, 1 tablespoon basil, 2 teaspoons black pepper.


Spicy Dry Rub: this rub has just a hint of sweetness and a powerful punch of spice, making it a fantastic blend for meats such as ribs and poultry.

1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/2 tablespoon cayenne, 1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds, 1 1/4 teaspoons brown sugar, 2 teaspoons ginger, 2 teaspoons cumin.

Pie Spice: this spice blend can be used in many desserts such as cookies, apple pie, and pumpkin pie. A pinch of it can add deep flavor to a latte or hot cider, and in small doses can be used on savory dishes as well.

2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1 tablespoon nutmeg, 1/2 tablespoon allspice, 1/2 tablespoon cloves, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar.



One Comment on “Homemade Spice Blends”

  1. […] For the apple compote: 3 large apples peeled and cubed (I like to use 3 different kinds of apples to combine sweet, tart, and sour), 1/3 cup raw sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 small sprig cinnamon, 1 tablespoon pie spice. […]

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