About Poultry Seasoning


Its aroma may conjure up memories of holidays past, but if you're limiting your use of poultry seasoning to the holidays, you're missing out. This savory blend of herbs not only makes your Thanksgiving meal come together but also adds some oomph to meat, veggies and grains too.

What's In It

While the ingredients may vary a bit, the core herbs used in poultry seasoning include thyme and sage, according to the website TheKitchn. These two herbs give poultry seasoning its distinctive woody, savory flavor and smell. Other common ingredients in the herb blend include marjoram, nutmeg and black pepper. Some recipes may also include nutmeg, celery seed, cayenne pepper and ginger.


  • Store your dried poultry seasoning in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark cabinet to retain flavor. Spice Islands says seasoning blends are good for one to two years.

Common Uses

The reason poultry seasoning is so popular during the holidays is because it's most often used to add flavor to your bread stuffing. McCormick recommends simply adding 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of poultry seasoning to 4 cups of bread cubes for a simple stuffing for any meat or occasion. As the name implies, poultry seasoning acts as a flavor enhancer for your chicken or turkey. It's also commonly used in meatloaf, casseroles and herb breads.

Unconventional Uses

The herbs in poultry seasoning make it a good choice to flavor a variety of different foods, and you shouldn't wait until the holidays to break it out.

  • Add it to your plain rice.
  • Sprinkle it in soups.
  • Make herb-roasted potatoes.
  • Flavor your tofu marinade with the herbs.
  • Mix some in your veggie burger recipe.

Alternative Preparation

Create your own poultry seasoning, which allows you to control and experiment with flavor. Epicurious suggests mixing 1 teaspoon each of crumbled dry rosemary, crumbled dry sage, dry thyme, dry marjoram and celery seed with 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, then combining the mixture in a blender or spice grinder. Add some of your favorite herbs or spices, such as nutmeg or cloves, to alter the flavor.

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