Recipes for Homemade Spice Blends

Recipes for Homemade Spice Blends

  • 4 July 2020
There are so many different spice blends, dry rubs, and seasoning mixes available. But sometimes these pre-packaged spice mixes contain added sugar, excess salt and other additives like MSG.

When you make your own homemade spice blends, you can save money and control exactly what goes into them - no funny ingredients plus you can adjust the ingredients and proportions to suit your own taste!

Instead of spending money on prepackaged spice blends try and make some of these recipes at home - you probably already have many of the ingredients in your pantry already. You’ll need are some containers with tight-fitting lids, like empty clean glass jars, and some labels to label the blend and date made.

Here are a few of our favourite seasoning blends for quick, flavour-packed weeknight dishes.

Braai salt

“At some stage during your ascendancy to the braai throne in your backyard, you will want to start mixing your own tailor-made braai salt” says Jan Braai. When that happens, make his braai salt recipe which is great for seasoning your chops, steak and chicken for the braai. All you need for this recipe from Jan Braai is salt, pepper and 8 common everyday spices you probably have on your spice rack already.


Za’atar is a Middle Eastern blend of dried herbs and sesame seeds. It’s very versatile and it can be enjoyed in so many delicious ways: mix it into olive oil for dipping with bread, spread over pita bread before baking, season meat and veggies with it, or simply sprinkle it over hummus. This za'atar recipe only needs 4 ingredients.

Try it in our Za’atar Chicken, or this tasty roasted butternut dish.

Chai Spice blend

Chai is a warm and cosy spice blend perfect for winter. It can be slightly spicy depending on what spices you add. You can use this recipe to make a creamy chai latte or chai tea, in baking or add it to smoothies.


Dukkah is an Egyptian nut, seed and spice blend that adds a nice crunch and flavour to dishes. It’s delicious sprinkled over soups, eggs, or with olive oil and fresh bread. Those little pre-packaged dukkah jars can be expensive, and they sometimes contain added sugar. This recipe from Rainbow Cooking is easy to make. You can even substitute with whatever nuts and seeds you have on hand.

Some of our favourite recipes featuring dukkah are the dukkah spiced beef with carrot salad and spiced aubergine with pistachio mint couscous.

Italian seasoning

This blend of dried herbs is essential in Italian dishes like bolognese and pizza. This recipe uses oregano, marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary and sage, but you can adjust the quantities to suit your tastebuds.

Cajun Seasoning

Cajun seasoning is a mildly hot spice blend that livens up practically any dish. It is really versatile and easy to make with basic spices from the pantry. Here's a recipe you can try in our tasty cajun chicken with sweet potato and cottage and chilli dipper sauce recipe, or in our foodies favourite cajun roast chicken with cheddar rice recipe.