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13 Substitutes for Mixed Spices (From Curry Powder to Pickling Spice)

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Substitute Recipes for Store-Bought Spice Mixes

Substitute Recipes for Store-Bought Spice Mixes

Have you ever been in the middle of preparing a recipe only to realize that you are missing the main spice you need to finish? Do you hate spending extra money on a seasoning mix that you will only use once?

Learn to use the spices that you have on hand to make your own spice blends. It's easy, saves you money, and might just save your next dinner party.

For those of you who are salt-conscious, the good news is that all of these recipes are salt-free.

Spice Mix and Seasoning Blend Recipes

Unless otherwise indicated, all of the following recipes call for crushed or ground dried herbs and spices. If you need more of a particular seasoning mix, adjust the recipe accordingly.

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Stored in an airtight container in a cool dark place, these dried mixes should last for a few months.

Easy Spice-Substitution Reference Guide

Source: Table data taken from and, in some cases, adapted from food.com and allrecipes.com.

Spice NameIngredientsInstructions

Apple Pie Spice

1/4 cup ground cinnamon, 2 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp each ground ginger and allspice

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Shake before using.

Bouquet Garni

1/4 cup dried parsley, 2 tbsp each thyme and marjoram, 3 crushed bay leaves

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Shake before using.

Mild Curry Powder

2 tbsp each cumin and ground coriander, 2 tsp ground turmeric, 1/2 tsp each crushed red pepper flakes, mustard seed and ground ginger

Put all ingredients in a grinder or food processor and grind until the consistency of powder. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Shake before using.

Fines Herbes

1 tsp each thyme, basil, savory, chervil, marjoram and sage

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Shake before using.

Five Spice Mix

3 tbsp cinnamon, 6 star anise, 1 1/2 tsp each fennel seeds and whole peppercorns, 3/4 tsp ground cloves

Put all ingredients in a grinder or food processor and grind until the consistency of powder. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Shake before using.

Greek Seasoning Mix

3 tsp oregano, 2 tsp each mint, thyme and garlic powder, 1 tsp each basil, marjoram and dried onions

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Shake before using.

Herbes de Provence

3 tbsp each oregano, savory and thyme leaves, 2 tbsp crushed lavender flowers, 1 tsp each basil, crushed rosemary and sage leaf

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Shake before using.

Italian Seasoning Mix

2 tbsp each basil, oregano, crushed rosemary, marjoram, cilantro, thyme and savory

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Shake before using.

Mediterranean Seasoning Mix

3 tbsp rosemary, 2 tbsp each cumin and coriander, 1 tbsp dried oregano, 2 tsp cinnamon

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Shake before using.

Pickling Spice

2 tbsp each mustard seeds and whole allspice, 2 tsp each whole cloves and coriander seeds, 1 tsp each ginger and dried red pepper flakes, 1 bay leaf crumbled and 1 cinnamon stick

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Poultry Seasoning

1 cup parsley flakes, 1/2 cup rubbed sage, 1/4 cup each crushed rosemary and marjoram, 2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp onion powder

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Shake before using.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

4 tbsp cinnamon, 4 tsp each nutmeg and ginger, 3 tsp allspice

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Shake before using.

Taco Seasoning

1 tbsp chili powder, 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes and oregano

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Shake before using.

Spices From Around the World

Spices From Around the World

Brief History of Spices

  • The earliest recorded use of spices was found in hieroglyphs in the Egyptian pyramids.
  • There were spice trade routes throughout the Roman Empire. Spices were an exclusive commodity at the time.
  • During the Middle Ages, the spice trade spurred world exploration, prompting wars over trade routes.
  • In the late 1600s, America began their spice trade and is now one of the largest spice buyers in the world.
  • While Asia still grows the majority of spices that are traded today, more and more countries are producing their own.

Source: spiceadvice.com

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell

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