Why We Love this Recipe
Versatile – our substitute Italian seasoning recipe has so many uses apart from adding it to lasagna or casseroles for a big burst of flavour. You can use it in savoury bakes, mash, sprinkled on chicken or fish, or in keto crackers.
Low carb – This seasoning has 0g net carbs per serve – you can’t get lower than that!
Everyday ingredients – Made with everyday ingredients found in most herb and spice cupboards, and easily sourced from the supermarket.
Quick and easy – just mix it and use as needed.
What is Italian Seasoning Substitute?
Store bought Italian seasoning may contain some nasty fillers and sugar. Our dried Italian seasoning recipe is a homemade blend of aromatic, flavourful herbs and spices that you can customise to your palate. A supermarket-bought blend may not have the punchy flavour you want, and may contain sugar and more salt than necessary to compensate for it.
As both of these additives are not necessary, making an Italian Seasoning Substitute ensures that you have all the flavours you want without the extras you don’t.
You can use this in so many recipes; either to create the flavour in the base of the dish, or for a tasty seasoning. Mixing it with some tomato paste gives you a quick and easy pizza sauce. Adding it to a keto pita bread dough makes a tasty flavoured wrap.
Scroll to the bottom of this post for the amount of each ingredient needed to make the Italian Seasoning substitutes.
Like I mentioned above, all you need is a handful of pantry ingredients to make a replacement Italian seasoning.
Dried parsley – Found in the seasoning aisle in the supermarket. If you find an old bottle in the pantry check your use-by date first. If the herbs are past their best, they will not have much flavour to add!
Dried basil and oregano – The classic Italian flavours from these two herbs are an essential part of the seasoning.
Marjoram – This herb is a milder relative of oregano, with a slightly different flavour profile. If you are unable to find marjoram in your supermarket, you could substitute it with dried oregano, but only use 2/3 of the amount.
Onion Flakes – these dried, caramelised flakes of onion add a browned-onion flavour. You can use a teaspoon of onion powder in its place, but I much prefer the flavour of the flakes in this recipe.
Garlic granules – using granules in this recipe instead of powder gives you a bit of texture as well as the flavour. You may substitute garlic powder if preferred.
Add extra flavour with salt flakes, black pepper, and red pepper flakes as desired.
How to Make It
Step 1. Measure out all the ingredients into a bowl.
Step 2. Mix them together carefully until well combined!
To make your own seasoning substitute recipe in the Thermomix or Magimix just add all the ingredients at once and mix 5 sec/speed 3. (Make sure the hole in the lid is closed off with the cap!)
Use in sauces, pasta, risottos (even keto risotto), or even as a simple pizza seasoning. Add one tablespoon Italian seasoning into fathead dough when kneading to make an amazing Italian roll or keto pizza.
HOT TIP. While this is a dried seasoning if you love the flavour of fresh herbs add them at the time of cooking with the seasoning. Fresh basil, rosemary or thyme are a perfect companion to the flavours in this seasoning.
I store the freshly made seasoning in a clean, dry, airtight jar along with the rest of my herbs and spices.
As long as you’re not using stale dried herbs and spices, this seasoning should keep for up to 3 months in the pantry.
Using onion salt and garlic salt is not recommended as it will add too much salt to the seasoning and overpower the herbs.
You will find this recipe used in some of our favourite keto recipes. Try the Italian Minestrone or Italian Meatloaf or even our incredible Beef Lasagna. I just love how easy it is to make such flavor packed recipes with simple pantry ingredients.
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Italian Seasoning Substitute
- Place all ingredients into a small bowl and stir until combined. Use immediately or store in an airtight container.
- Place all ingredients into the mixer bowl and mix 5 sec/speed 3. Use immediately or store in an airtight container.
Your Own Notes
Megan Ellam is an Australian keto recipes blogger living in Thornton, NSW. She is the author of amazing keto cookbooks such as Slow Cook Keto, Keto Loco, The Healthy Family Keto Cookbook and Every Day Keto.
44 responses to “Homemade Italian Seasoning Substitute”
FThank you so much for sharing this amazing italian seasoning substitute recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!
I used to make my own Italian herbs mixture by mixing parsley, oregano, basil, rosemary and thyme but this one is so much better! Made bolognese sauce with it, added some dry chilli for a kick, delicious! Thanks Megan 😀
So easy and I love this on chicken!
it’s perfect that i can customize what i like in this homemade italian spice recipe. Sometimes, the store bought stuff just has something i don’t like
So many wonderful flavors combined in one amazing seasoning! I love it!
Such an informative post! I have always preferred homemade broth, stock. I will definitely add this recipe to the list of healthy seasoning.
Thanks so much for sharing this. My spice cupboard is always overflowing and I try to avoid buying premade mixed spices so I really appreciate this substitute recipe.
I love Italian seasoning on salads, chicken, everything to be honest. I always buy it in stores. Now I can’t wait to mix this up at home. Thanks!
Love this! It is so much nicer to make homemade italian seasoning rather than buy the processed stuff!
Love this recipe, I am so used to buying italian seasoning and never thought of making it myself. Thank you.
love this! such a great way to make a delicious seasoning mixture! perfect on everything!
thanks for the easy sub when i’m out of italian seasoning. its actually quite easy to make .thanks!
I love the idea of making my own seasoning blends. I really like this recipe and your methods for blending. Definitely pinning this one.
It’s so good knowing what goes into a seasoning you make yourself. The Italian seasoning goes well in so many things. I will never buy a shop bought bottle again
A great easy seasoning to whip up in no time. Easy sourced ingredients and so full of flavour. A must in my pantry.
I am not a big fan of store-bought seasoning blends as I don’t use them up quickly. I just happened to have all these ingredients except marjoram, but I did have oregano so I made a quick blend for spaghetti sauce.
this is super easy, Im planning to make a few in a small bottles and gift to friends!
I use Italian seasoning almost everyday, I don’t know why I never thought to make it on my own. So easy and tastes great. I will never buy it again!
I have made this recipe from your cookbooks all the time. Thanks for adding it to the site so I can find for your other recipes using Italian seasoning too. Your recipes are awesome Megan. Thanks for making my cooking taste all the better.
This seasoning blend is really delicious. I don’t think I’ll be buying store bought mixes again!