Pizza Seasoning Recipe
We have the perfect recipe for homemade pizza seasoning. Making this from scratch allows for more control over the ingredients and the level of spices used. We make this salt-free. Not because we do not use salt, but because many of our pizza toppings are already salty, like olive tapenade and Italian cured meats. Feel free to add a teaspoon of salt to this recipe if you prefer your pizza seasoning to have some salt in it.
Using fresh, whole spices will have a more distinct and potent flavor than pre-made, store-bought seasonings. The shelf life is longer when you make your own with dried herbs. Overall, homemade pizza seasoning is likely to have a fresher and more robust flavor than pre-made blends.
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Not only will your pizza pie taste better but you can also use it in other dishes like garlic bread, meatballs, and marinated chicken! This simple blend of herbs and spices tastes great as soon as it’s mixed together. We like to make up this simple recipe for pizza seasoning blend to keep in a spice bottle on our spice shelf.
This pizza seasoning can be zipped up by adding in extra chili flake for spicy homemade pizza seasoning! If you make your own homemade pizza dough, shake in some of this herb mix into the dough for an extra pop of flavor! Use this seasoning mixture in place of Italian seasoning in any recipe! We use this in some of our favorite meals! Mix it into bread dough if you are making a variation of our easy homemade yeast rolls. Add a little seasoning to fresh tomatoes, and top with parmesan cheese and broil for a low-carb snack!
6 ingredients needed for this Salt-Free Pizza Seasoning
Italian seasoning is a blend of herbs that is commonly used in Italian cuisine. The specific herbs that are used can vary, but common ingredients include basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage. We use this blend, as not everyone has dried basil, oregano and thyme on hand.
Garlic Powder or Granules:
Garlic powder is a type of dried garlic that is made by dehydrating garlic cloves. It can be used to add flavor to foods, and can be used in place of fresh garlic. Do not substitue garlic salt, or this spice mixture will be too salty.
Onion powder is a seasoning made from ground, dehydrated onions. It is commonly used as a substitute for fresh onions in dry mixes, such as soups and sauces, as well as in meat rubs and marinades.
Red Pepper Flakes:
Red pepper flakes add heat and flavor to pizza, but they’re not the same as red pepper powder. Although both are made from dried red peppers, flakes are usually a combination of several different peppers while powder is made from just one type of pepper. They give pizza seasoning a zip, and added texture.
Course ground black pepper:
Coarse pepper, a large grind, retains more volatile aroma and flavor than finer grinds. You can use regular grind pepper, but the course grind will give this pizza seasoning more of a kick!
Smoked paprika is a Spanish specialty, made by slowly smoking pimentón (a type of pepper from La Vera, in southwestern Spain) over oak. It’s got a round, smoky, woodsy, spicy flavor that’s completely different from everyday paprika.
Using the Pizza Seasoning:
Sprinkle your homemade pizza seasoning over your pizza dough, sauces, or toppings before baking. This blend can also be used in pasta sauces, on roasted vegetables, or as a flavor enhancer in soups and stews. We love to toss some onto hot popcorn with a dash of parmesan!
Experiment and Customize:
Don’t hesitate to tweak the ratios of the spices to create a blend that suits your taste. If you love the smoky flavor, you can increase the amount of smoked paprika. If you’re a fan of garlic, consider adding a touch more garlic granules.
While this recipe is designed to be salt-free, you can always add a pinch of salt to your dishes separately if desired. By omitting salt from the seasoning mix, you have better control over the sodium content of your meals.
With this homemade pizza seasoning blend, you can enjoy a burst of robust Italian-inspired flavors on your pizzas and other dishes, all without the use of salt.
- small bowl
- measuring cups
- measuing spoons
- storage jar with lid
- 1/4 cup Italian seasoning
- 2 tablespoon garlic granules or powder
- 2 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 tablespoon course ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoon red pepper flakes adjust to taste
- 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Combine Ingredients: In a small mixing bowl, combine the Italian seasoning, garlic granules or powder, onion powder, coarsely ground black pepper, red pepper flakes, and smoked paprika.1/4 cup Italian seasoning, 2 tablespoon garlic granules or powder, 2 tablespoon onion powder, 2 tablespoon course ground black pepper, 2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Mix Thoroughly: Use a spoon or your fingers to thoroughly mix the ingredients. This will ensure that all the spices are evenly distributed throughout the blend.
- Crush Spices (Optional): If you want to enhance the flavors further, you can use the back of a spoon or your fingers to gently crush the garlic granules and red pepper flakes. This will help release more aroma and flavor.
- Adjust Spice Levels: Taste a pinch of the mixture and adjust the red pepper flakes to your preferred level of spiciness. You can also adjust other spices according to your taste preferences.
- Transfer to Container: Once the seasoning blend is well-mixed and the flavors are balanced, transfer it to an airtight container. A glass jar or a spice container with a tight-fitting lid works well. I use a small mason jar when I make a double batch!
- Labeling and Storage: Label the container with the name and date of the seasoning blend. Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Properly stored, this seasoning blend should stay flavorful for several months.