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A blend of 6 simple spices is all your turkey needs to shine! This poultry seasoning recipe is a staple that you’re going to love having on hand.

It’s so easy to make seasoning at home! Whether it’s Italian, ranch, or fajita seasoning you need, it’s simple and fun to make your own blend! You’ll love having them at the ready for all of your cooking needs.

Getting a scoop of poultry seasoning out of a glass jar.

Rosemary Sage Poultry Seasoning Recipe

This poultry seasoning is the perfect DIY recipe to get you through the holidays! It’s much easier and less expensive to make at home, and the best part is, you can customize your own blend to your liking! Use this for turkey, chicken, and even stuffing or soup! You can’t go wrong with a blend of sage, thyme, marjoram, and rosemary. They’re classic flavors and smell absolutely incredible when baked. In this recipe, I also add a pinch of nutmeg for a little warm spice, and pepper to taste. Trust me, once you try this simple blend of herbs, you won’t want to season your poultry with anything else.

And if you’re like me and you love putting these herbs on everything, the good news is, this seasoning will keep for up to 6 months in a sealed jar! It’s perfect for storing and using over and over. Versatile, too! Sprinkle it on a chicken bake, over french fries, wings, pasta, pot pie, and more! It’s the perfect combination of earthy, minty, bright, and peppery flavors. It’s time to go grab a few spices out of your cabinet and create your own blend. Don’t pass this tasty poultry seasoning up!

Everything You Need for Poultry Seasoning

No need to get poultry seasoning from the store, all of the herbs necessary are probably in your spice rack right now! Who knew the best way to season poultry was with just a few simple ingredients? All measurements are in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Sage: Strong and earthy, sage is the perfect base flavor to season chicken and turkey.
  • Thyme: Thyme is zesty and bright- a must for baked meats!
  • Marjoram: Marjoram is a part of the mint family but has a mild, delicate flavor.
  • Rosemary: My favorite! Rosemary is so sweet and aromatic, and tastes especially good when paired with garlicky dishes.
  • Nutmeg: Warm, nutty spice helps to even out the bright flavor of the herbs.
  • Pepper: For that bit of zip on the tongue! I’ve been loving using a blend of white and black ground pepper for a more complex flavor.

How to Make a Poultry Seasoning Blend

Here’s everything you need to do to make basic poultry seasoning! It’s super easy and can easily be doubled or tripled to have more on hand. Making your own seasoning blends is fun and delicious! It’s a great way to give your dishes a personal touch.

  1. Mix Spices: First, combine sage, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, nutmeg and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Stir until they’re mixed together smoothly.
  2. Store: Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Various herbs ready to be mixed together in a bowl.

Tips for Homemade Poultry Seasoning

This poultry seasoning whips up in minutes and has the tastiest flavor! I always like to use it as a base for cooking chicken or turkey. Here are some great tips for customizing your seasoning and ways you can utilize it!

  • Extra Flavors: On its own, this poultry seasoning is savory and aromatic. Sometimes I like to add in extra flavors to really make it pop! Lemon zest is a great one- makes it extra bright and zesty. I’ll usually add this in during the summer! You can also add in cayenne pepper for spice, as well as onion and garlic powder for sharper flavor. Remember to add in extra herbs and spices slowly- a little goes a long way!
  • Use Dried Herbs, Not Fresh: Dried herbs in your spice rack have a much longer shelf life than using fresh herbs. Fresh herbs tend to have a higher moisture content and can lead to spoiling and growing mold early on.
  • Use For: In addition to being the best dry rub for poultry, meat, and fish, this seasoning can be mixed with a little olive oil and vinegar for a flavorful vinaigrette! You can also mix it with melted butter and baste on top of rolls and bread for a pop of flavor. The possibilities are endless!

Storing Your Seasoning Blend

I always like making big jars of my poultry seasoning. I use it all the time! Don’t worry about making too big of a batch. This has a really long shelf life!

  • At Room Temperature: For best results, store your poultry seasoning in a cool dry place. In an airtight jar, it will stay good for 6 months, even sometimes up to a year!
Closeup of poultry seasoning in a wooden spoon.

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Poultry Seasoning

By: Alyssa Rivers
A blend of 6 simple spices is all your turkey needs to shine! This poultry seasoning recipe is a staple that you're going to love having on hand.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 teaspoons


  • 1 tablespoon ground dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons ground dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons ground dried marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons ground dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Combine sage, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, nutmeg and pepper.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.


Calories: 29kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 76mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 229IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. thank you, I haven’t used this combo before for seasoning chicken have used some of them but not all, appreciate this recipe