6 Easy Homemade Spice Blends You Can Make Right Now

avatarJennafer Ashley

Season your meats, veggies, and more with these easy spice blends that’ll instantly add bold flavor to your dishes.

Jazz up taco night or make homemade curry with spice blends you can use as rubs, marinades, or specialty seasonings. They’re great to have on hand when meal prepping and can be made in larger batches to use in a pinch. Simply choose the blend that best pairs with your meal – or meat of choice – and season away!

The beauty of making your own spice blends at home is that you can control the amount of ingredients like sodium, sugar, and unwanted additives. Each blend listed below seasons one pound of meat or can easily be doubled to serve larger crowds.

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You’ll find different flavors like smoky coffee rub or tangy herb seasoning for the grilling and seafood aficionados. There’s also plenty of vegan-friendly dishes you can season with spicy Cajun or earthy curry. Whichever one you choose, you can be sure to find something enjoyable for every palate.

Coffee Rub


This smoky rub adds toasty flavor to any kind of meat, making it especially great for grilling or smoking. For best results, rub it as a dry marinade on your meat eight hours before grilling.

Flavor: smoky and sweet
Use on: beef brisket, rib-eye, flank steak, pork tenderloin, chicken legs

Poultry Seasoning


Poultry seasoning is a blend that’s a classic staple in many Paleo pantries. It’s extremely versatile and adds a home-cooked flavor to all types of chicken, turkey, and veggies. For seasoning meats, sprinkle on top and pat with fingers to help it adhere to the skin. You can roast, sauté or grill it for best results.

Flavor: garlic, herb
Use on: turkey, whole chicken, chicken thighs, chicken breast, vegetables

Seafood Seasoning


This bright and tangy blend adds the perfect balance to fresh seafood. Lemon zest and grassy dill adds a bit of zing that pairs perfectly with the natural flavors of fish, shrimp, and crustaceans. To prep, simply sprinkle it on before cooking and sauté or grill to finish.

Flavor: tangy, bright, zesty
Use on: salmon, white fish, shrimp, lobster, crab

Curry Seasoning


Skip the takeout and season your homemade curry with this exotic blend. Inspired by traditional Indian flavors, it includes an aromatic spice combo that includes turmeric, cumin, and cardamom. Add it to your meals before cooking for an instant flavor upgrade.

Flavor: earthy, spicy, savory
Use on: chicken or beef kabobs, curry sauce, broths

Taco Seasoning


This spicy blend is great for seasoning tacos or adding smoky flavor to chili. It can even be used as a rub on grilled chicken and beef. Add it to your favorite Mexican recipes for a spicy blend of cumin, paprika, and chili powder.

Flavor: smoky, spicy
Use on: ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, to season chili

Cajun Seasoning


This bold spice blend tastes best with spicy-smoky recipes. It also works well with grilled meats and veggies. A touch of heat from pepper and cayenne make this a must-have for spice lovers.

Flavor: spicy, smoky, hint of herb
Use on: fish, chicken, shrimp, on vegetables

Jennafer Ashley


Total time:3 mins

Prep Time: 3 mins 3 minutes

6 Easy Homemade Spice Blends

Recipe by:author Jennafer Ashley

Season your meats, veggies, and so much more with unique spice blends that’ll instantly upgrade all your meals.


Coffee Rub:

Poultry Seasoning:

Seafood Seasoning:

Curry Seasoning:

Taco / Chili Seasoning:

Cajun Seasoning:



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