This homemade turkey seasoning is perfect to season a roast turkey, a turkey breast, or even soups or casseroles.

Try it on chicken and potatoes too! All-purpose, easy to make, and great on everything.

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  • This is an easy mixture made with spices you probably already have on hand.
  • Turkey seasoning adds flavor to the skin of your Thanksgiving turkey but it’s also great in soups and casseroles or for seasoning roasted potatoes.
  • This can be prepared in big batches and used for turkey and chicken alike.

Turkey Seasoning Ingredients

This turkey seasoning contains the perfect blend of spices and seasonings.

Salt: This recipe uses kosher salt, if using table salt you’ll want to reduce the amount.

If you are using this recipe to season a turkey, kosher salt can be added to the recipe. If keeping it to season soups and casseroles, leave the salt out and add it to the dish (or turkey) directly.

Seasonings: Homemade turkey seasoning has the perfect blend of seasonings for flavoring a turkey and/or gravy with lots of sage, a pinch of rosemary, and a hint of thyme and paprika.

Optional Additions: You can add other spices or seasonings to this recipe such as garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, or parsley.

I skip the brown sugar in this turkey seasoning recipe as I use the pan juices for gravy and I don’t want it sweet. If you’d like to use this as a dry rub, you can add a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar or to taste.

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How to Season a Turkey

  1. Dab the outside of the turkey dry with a paper towel (to help the skin crisp).
  2. Rub the turkey with either melted butter or olive oil. Generously sprinkle with the turkey seasoning and rub it into the skin. Fresh herbs can also be added if you’d like.
  3. Roast per your favorite turkey recipe (we love this roast turkey or this spatchcock turkey).
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How to Use Turkey Seasoning

  • Rub it on a whole turkey (or turkey breast) before roasting.
  • This spice blend is great on other types of poultry like chicken thighs or cornish hens (or even pork).
  • Use this homemade turkey rub to season veggies, potatoes, or casseroles.

More Homemade Seasonings

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Turkey Seasoning

This homemade turkey seasoning is perfect to season a roast turkey, a turkey breast or even soups or casseroles.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt*
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon crushed rosemary*
  • teaspoon nutmeg


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Store in a tightly sealed container for up to 6 months.


If you’d prefer, salt can be left out of the mixture and it can be added to each meat or dish as desired.
*Kosher salt has larger grains. If using table salt, reduce the salt to 1 teaspoon.
To crush the rosemary, place it in a shallow bowl and use the bottom of a glass or small measuring cup to break the pieces apart.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 1 | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.05g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Seasonings
Cuisine American

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    1. Sorry for the confusion Ann, ground pepper and black pepper are the same and we have updated the recipe. Enjoy!