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13 Substitutes for Mixed Spices

Updated on October 18, 2015
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Substitute Recipes for Store-Bought Spice Mixes
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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?

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.

Do you make your own spice blends or buy them already made?

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Spice Mix and Seasoning Blend Recipes - Easy Reference Guide

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

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

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

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 and spices were an exclusive commodity.
  • 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

Spices from around the world
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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      This is a great guide, thank you so much for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cool resource! Great job! I'm so happy you got the HOTD....couldn't happen to a nicer person.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you Georgie! I like having guides like this. They come in handy.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I really appreciate it Bill! Hubbing is really a fun ride for me and hard for me to believe I've been here over 7 months. This one was fun to put together and now I feel like cooking all kinds of exotic recipes.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      This is an awesome hub. I am going to print it and use it as a reference guide. Up, useful and awesome.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I am an avid cook and baker so I can not begin to tell you how thankful I am for providing me with this highly helpful and creative alternative!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks breakfastpop! They will be great in some of your morning recipes!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much shiningirisheyes! I hope you get lots of use out of this guide. We are watching our salt so it's nice to have alternatives.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      This is fantastic! I'm going to have to print this out and keep it in my kitchen. I never use spice blends and hate having to look them up whenever a recipe calls for one. Thank you so much!! ^_^ Voting a bunch and sharing!

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      CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

      This is awesome. very interesting to see the suggestions in the table for the various spice mixes. Thanks for compiling and sharing this excellent resource.

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      Rodney Fagan 4 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      My wife is mildly allergic to cinamin, so what I do is get some Cassia bark and grind it to fine powder, it does not change the taste, however I find that adds an extra "something" to the dish!

      You can get it already ground in most spice shops.

      Great hub.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Mama Kim! I printed out a copy for my kitchen too. I appreciate all of the support.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      CZCZCZ - I'm glad you found the hub helpful. I like using different spice blends to change up everyday dishes. Thank you for commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Just Rodney - I need to look into Cassia. It is always nice to have substitutes for individual spices too. Thanks for reading.

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      europewalker 4 years ago

      Very helpful reference guide. This will certainly come in handy. Thanks for sharing:) Voted up and useful.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it europewalker. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is a terrific guide to salt free spice blends. Will come in real handy. Bookmarking and voting it up, useful, interesting and sharing.

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      Wow, this is an awesome resource. There were some mixes that I did not know what you'd use it with. Perhaps you could do another hub about how you use these mixed spices.

      Thanks for the great guide. I love it!

      Voted UP and Useful

      Mekenzie

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      What a great list! I think I'm going to have to make some curry mix, I've been craving that dish for a a few days!

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      Stephanie Giguere 4 years ago from Marlborough MA

      What a great idea for a hub! i just started cooking, and I don't have a lot of the spices that the recipes call for, so this is extremely helpful. Voted up!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I am bookmarking this page! I love spices. I usually use my own combination of seasonings, but the only types of "blends" that I knew the spices within were Pumpkin Pie Spice and Lemon Pepper (LOL). This is very handy!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much rajan! I appreciate all of the support and I'm glad you found the hub useful!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it Meckenzie. I'm not sure what to do with one or two of them either. Thanks for visiting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      That sounds good sarahshuihan - Hope you make your curry this weekend! Thanks for the comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks sgiguere - I hate buying the blends when I know I'm only going to use it once or twice. This way I can mix up a little bit and use it.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Kathryn! I'm glad you found this useful. It surprised me how simple some of them were to make and I really like that they have no salt.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Great help in the kitchen! I know I have substituted for missing spices. I look on the ingredients and may use it for a specific dish. Emmerils original essence is useful for many things, i just use it very lightly. I even added it to my apple chips and on smoked salmon. Thank you for sharing the special herb blends.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the comments bridalletter. It is always tough when I am in the middle of a recipe and I realize I am missing a key spice. I have never used Emeril's mix, may have to give it a try. Thanks.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is a really useful post and I am passing it on to the cook in the house. He is always looking for new ways to spice up food. Voted up!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Many thanks teaches! I get bored with the same old chicken so it's nice to have alternatives. I appreciate the comments.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This is such a useful guide, I always forget which goes with what, so brilliant!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Nell! I forget that too or I put the wrong one on the wrong dish.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      What an awesome, useful hub! I've made some of these but appreciate having a handy guide.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it Deborah. I always like having things like this around my kitchen. They help and I don't have to thumb through my cookbooks to find it.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A true spice lover here!! I love how your hubs are neat, detailed and so well organized, Glimmer. And thanks for sharing the knowledge of these spices with us!! With many votes, I'm passing it on!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Michelle! I love spices too. It's amazing how much one spice can change a dish so much. I appreciate the support!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great hub...GlimmerTwin Fan

      Some of these I was familiar with but not most. So I am bookmarking this for use when I need them.

      Voted up ++

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I appreciate it pstraubie. Sometimes it's nice to have something like this at our fingertips. Have a nice rest of your weekend.

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      anglnwu 3 years ago

      Good tips. Love the chart--may have to print it out to stick it to fridge for quick reference. Love the hub!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thank you so much anglnwu! I have one inside one of my kitchen cabinets. The greek seasoning on chicken with some lemon juice is really good. I appreciate the comments.

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Awesome hub! I use some pre-mixed seasonings, but I should make more of my own, since I love experimenting spices and thus have nearly all the individual spices you mentioned. LOL! Great reference here, so I'll have to pin it! Many votes. Thanks!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much Victoria Lynn! I don't have some of these spices, but can still make a lot of them. I appreciate all of the support!

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      That is very useful info. I love to cook and can't wait to try some of these. I plan to write a hub on making and using herb butters. I grow a lot of my own herbs and I think some of your ideas would make great gifts. Thanks!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I appreciate the comments Sheri Faye. Herb butters sound good and I love your idea of giving spice mixes as gifts. Thanks.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      What a cool hub! Great resource and recipe suggestions. I would buy quite a few admittedly but really want to start blending my own so this is just the ticket! I would like to link this to my Pumpkin Spice Lip Gloss or Lip Balm Recipe hub just published if that is okay? Many thanks, votes, shares, pinning!!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow, great information here. There are so many seasonings that I want to try here. The taco seasoning is one that I think I'll delve into first because I use it the most. Thank you for sharing this!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Suzie - Wow, that would be great if you link it. Many thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I'm been running around and under the weather so I am getting caught up on hubpages this afternoon. Hope you are well.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much Careermommy. The taco one is a good one. I hope you enjoy it. I appreciate you reading.

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      This chart is so helpful, pinned and shared with my health-inspired followers. Thank you!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks Turtlewoman! - I like using these substitutes too. Sometimes there are so many chemicals added to prepared spice mixes that I don't like to use them.

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a great resource for me. I have made my own pumpkin spice before but none of the others you have listed. Hope you don't mind but I'm going to share this on my Everything Susan FB page.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Thanks so much Susan! I definitely don't mind and I appreciate it. Took me a while to get back to you. Have a great day!

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      This is a great resource! Thanks for sharing it.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Thanks Deborah! I took a little break from HP for a while and am now back so sorry it took so long to respond. Glad you found the hub useful!

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