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Homemade Turkey Seasoning

  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    1/4 cup


  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. To use on whole turkey, rub under skin, over skin and in body and neck cavities before roasting.

Turkey Seasoning Tips

How do you make this seasoning smokier?

To make this turkey seasoning smokier, try mixing about a teaspoon of smoked paprika and a ¼ teaspoon of cayenne into this dry rub. Doing so will get you that oh-so-good smoky flavor.

Can you make this seasoning spicier?

You can definitely make this seasoning spicier. To turn up the heat, throw some cayenne and chili powder into the mix. We recommend about a ½ teaspoon of cayenne and a teaspoon of chili seasoning for this recipe.

How do you season a turkey?

Seasoning a turkey is very simple. Gently rub the dry seasoning on top and underneath the skin and inside the turkey for maximum flavor. (Psst! Try out these other turkey seasoning tips, too.) Once it's seasoned, it's time to cook that turkey! Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor and Sarah Tramonte, Taste of Home Associate Culinary Producer
Nutrition Facts
1/2 teaspoon: 1 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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