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Grill Seasoning

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posted: 10/07/21

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Grill Seasoning is the perfect homemade spice mix to use in so many different ways. Use it as steak seasoning or throw it on vegetables!

small bottle of grill seasoning recipe

I have this great recipe for baked potato wedges that I love. It is amazing because it is only three ingredients – potatoes, olive oil, and grill seasoning. These potato wedges make the best easy side dish to so many recipes.

The only drawback to them is that every time I share them on social media I get the same question: “What is grill seasoning and where can I find it?” The last time I shared the recipe, I promised my readers that I would come up with a homemade grill seasoning. And here it is!

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What is in Grill Seasoning

You can get the full measurements at the bottom of this post, but you will be happy to know that the seasonings that are called for are likely already in your spice rack!

  • Kosher Salt: I love how thick kosher salt works in rubs and seasonings. Please note that if you replace it with table salt, you should start with half the amount.
  • Black Pepper: Store bought grill seasoning will have roughly chopped whole black peppercorns in it, but ground black pepper works great in this. It is what adds spice to the recipe, so if you are sensitive to heat, start with half the amount, taste it and add more.
  • Chili Powder: You can use either light or dark chili powder in this, both are delicious, it is just a matter of personal preference.
  • Garlic Powder: This is a great way to add garlic to the recipe, but you could also use dried minced garlic too for a more coarse seasoning mix. I would suggest adding a little bit more if that is what you use.
  • Onion Powder: Just like the garlic, you could replace this with dried minced onion. Again, if you use dried minced onion, I would use a bit more than what is called for here.
  • Paprika: I prefer smoked paprika in this, but you should use what you have on hand.

The Benefits of Making Homemade Seasonings

Whenever I share seasoning mixes, which I love to develop, I inevitably get the remark that you can just buy them. You absolutely can! And if that works best for you, have at it. No judgment from me.

That being said, I love making my seasoning mixes for a few reasons:

  1. Homemade seasonings allow you to control the exact amount of ingredients. If you are sensitive to heat, you can cut back on black pepper and cayenne pepper. If you are on a low sodium diet, you can cut the salt in half. Play with these recipes, and make them your own.
  2. It is more cost affective. When you already have all the spices you need to make something, it is much more cost effective to throw the mix together than buy it. I love buying spices in bulk, and that makes this method especially effective.
  3. You will feel like a rock star. This is absolutely true. Making your own seasonings makes you feel like a super hero. Try it, and report back.
a small blue dish with a small whisk and grill seasoning partially mixed

How to Use Grill Seasoning

As mentioned above, grill seasoning is perfect in my baked potato wedges. But you can use this a number of other ways. As the name implies, this is great as a steak seasoning. Add 1 tablespoon of this mix to your steaks before throwing them on the grill.

This recipe would be great tossed in with the breading mixture in my Baked Chicken Tenders. You can also use this as a chicken grill seasoning.

This seasoning works also works well on any roasted vegetables. You can even replace the seasonings in my Air Fryer Cauliflower with two teaspoons of this.

Other Great Seasoning Mixes for Grilling

If you make this grill seasoning recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

a small blue dish with a small whisk and grill seasoning partially mixed
4.50 from 2 votes

Grill Seasoning

Serves: 8 tablespoons
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Grill Seasoning is the perfect homemade spice mix to use in so many different ways.


  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon paprika


  • Mix all of the ingredients together.
  • Store in an airtight container in a dark dry place for up to six months.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
a small blue dish with a small whisk and grill seasoning partially mixed

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  1. Eleanor Cummings says

    Love your site, easy for us old (87 yr old) ladies to follow (computers weren’t around for some of us until recently). Ditto other electronic gadgets. You are clear in your directions and you have some very tasty looking recipes. I think this will be one of my favorites. Moving to home with larger kitchen, so I hope to try more of them. My son does most of the cooking right now, LOL

  2. Sarah says

    4 stars
    The grill seasoning is wonderful! I decreased the chili powder to half a teaspoon because we are spice wimps. Thank you for sharing.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m glad you liked it and found a way to make it work for you!

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