This homemade Italian seasoning substitute is made with dried herbs (that you probably have on hand) and can be used for a variety of dishes.
Wondering what to use when you don’t have any Italian seasoning on hand?
I’ve got you covered with this simple Italian seasoning substitute recipe. But, I’ve also got tips on other seasonings that you can use too!
Believe it or not, Italian seasoning is not only simple to make but is also cheaper than store bought. This recipe only takes seven ingredients and more than likely already have in your pantry.
It’s the best Italian Seasoning substitute when you don’t have any on hand.
The ingredients are simple! And you probably have them on hand in your spice cabinet:
- Garlic Powder
- Red pepper flakes (optional, adds spice!)
How should the ingredients be added together?
- Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.
How to store it
- Use the Italian seasoning mix immediately or store it in a sealed airtight container or jar for up to one year.
Italian Seasoning uses
- Spice up some Homemade Croutons or Air Fryer Shrimp
- Season these Pasta Chips
- Add a dash to this Creamy Quinoa Soup or these Sauteed Onions
- Use it to spice up this Kielbasa Soup
- Add flavor to these Baked Chicken Breasts, Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks, Mushroom Chicken, Healthy Chicken Parmesan or Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan
- Elevate the flavor in this Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
- Sprinkle some on your pizza crust, or combine the Italian seasoning with olive oil to make a dipping sauce.
Other Italian seasoning substitutes
Basil + Oregano
The ratio of basil to oregano can vary based on personal preference. A common starting point is to use equal parts of both dried herbs. However, feel free to adjust the ratio to suit your taste. If you enjoy the slightly sweeter and milder flavor of basil, you can increase the amount of basil compared to oregano.
Herbs de Provence
While Herbes de Provence is not part of traditional Italian seasoning, its aromatic and herbaceous flavors can still complement Italian dishes. It’s generally made with a combination of thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano and basil.
Fresh herbs also make a great substitute for Italian seasoning. A combination of fresh basil, flat leaf parsley, oregano, thyme, sage and/or rosemary all work well. However, fresh herbs are not as potent as dried herbs, so I tend to use a ratio of 3:1 fresh to dried herbs. So, if a recipe calls for 1 Tablespoon dried herbs, you would use 3 Tablespoons of fresh herbs.
Za’atar is a Middle Eastern herb blend that typically includes a combination of dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, sesame seeds, and sumac. While za’atar is not a traditional substitute for Italian seasoning, its herbaceous qualities can work well in Italian recipes.
To simply replicate the flavors of Italian seasoning, you can create your own blend using equal amounts of dried basil and dried oregano. You can also add in thyme, rosemary, marjoram and/or sage if you have those on hand.
While Italian seasoning is specifically tailored to Italian cuisine, all-purpose seasoning is designed to be more versatile and suitable for a broader range of dishes. Italian seasoning focuses on the distinctive flavors of Italian herbs, while all-purpose seasoning aims to provide a well-rounded seasoning blend that can complement various flavors and cuisines. All purpose seasoning usually includes the addition of salt, garlic powder and onion powder.
Both “Italian blend” and “Italian seasoning” typically consist of a mixture of herbs like basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, and sometimes sage. These herbs are combined to create a seasoning blend that adds flavor to Italian dishes such as pasta sauces, pizza, and marinades. They can generally be used interchangeably.
- Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Everything Bagel Seasoning
- Taco Seasoning
- Homemade Chili Seasoning
- Cajun Seasoning
- Toasted Rice Powder
- Prime Rib Rub
- Brisket Dry Rub
- Chicken Wing Rub for Smoking
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Italian Seasoning Substitute
- Whisk ingredients together in a bowl until combined. Use immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 1 year.
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This post was originally published in 2021. It was updated in 2023 to add new content. The Italian seasoning recipe remains the same. Enjoy!