Recreating the classic Lawry’s seasoned salt at home is surprisingly easy and inexpensive! This homemade version perfectly captures the same savory, slightly sweet, and perfectly spiced flavors you expect from Lawry’s. Use it for French fries, potato wedges, veggies, and more.
I present to you homemade Lawry’s seasoned salt, Live Eat Learn style! This blend is a game-changer in the kitchen, and the best part? It’s super easy to make with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry.
You can even tweak the spices to suit your taste, making this versatile kitchen staple great for just about everything, from crispy truffle fries to roasted veggies. Plus, you can skip the added preservatives found in store-bought versions.
It’s not just delicious on fries and veggies, either! Try it on eggs, popcorn, or tofu for a burst of savory flavor with a hint of sweetness. Who needs Lawry’s when you have everything you need at home?!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Salt: I recommend fine-grain salt, but sea salt or kosher salt make good substitutes.
- Paprika: Adds color and a mild, sweet pepper flavor. For a smokier variant, you can play around with smoked paprika.
- Onion Powder: Brings a savory depth with subtly sweet undertones. If you only have onion salt, reduce the amount of regular salt.
- Garlic Powder: Provides another layer of savoriness. Garlic salt can be used as a substitute, but remember to adjust the overall salt content.
- Black Pepper: Gives a slight heat and savory complexity. Freshly ground black pepper is preferred for the best flavor, but ground pepper will work in a pinch.
- Sugar: Balances the saltiness with a hint of sweetness. Brown sugar can be used for a deeper molasses flavor.
How to Make Seasoned Salt
- Combine the Ingredients: In a bowl, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and sugar until well blended.
- Store: Transfer your seasoned salt to a shaker or airtight glass container for storage.
Seasoned salt should stay fresh for up to 6 months in an airtight jar or glass container. However, I suggest checking the expiration date on each individual spice to give you a better idea of how long the finished blend will last.
For optimal storage, keep the jar or container in a cool, dark, and dry place away from direct sunlight. I usually keep mine in my pantry next to my other spices, but a cupboard or spice drawer also works.
- Use Fresh Spices: Freshness is key for maximum flavor. Check the dates on your spices, and replace any that are over a year old.
- Adjust the Sugar: Sugar adds a slight sweetness that balances the savory elements. Feel free to adjust the amount based on your preference.
- Label Your Mix: Always label your homemade mixes with the date for reference.
Frequently Asked Questions
As the recipe is written, it’s not suitable for a low-sodium diet. However, you can reduce the salt content and increase the other spices to tailor it to your specific needs. It’s always best to consult with a physician before adding new ingredients to a low-sodium diet.
Yes, this seasoned salt recipe is gluten-free. If you’re making it at home with different brands, double-check that each individual ingredient is certified gluten-free.
To prevent clumping in seasoned salt, add a small desiccant packet to the container. For a more natural option, add a few grains of uncooked rice to the seasoning mix, which will also help keep the salt dry.
Fun Ways To Use Seasoned Salt
Want to use your new homemade seasoned salt? Here are some of my favorite recipes to test it out in:
- Fries: This seasoning isn’t just for traditional French fries! Try it on baked avocado fries, baked zucchini fries, baked sweet potato fries, or air fryer sweet potato fries.
- Salad: Shake up your favorite salads with a punch of seasoned salt! Think grilled zucchini corn salad, Mexican street corn salad, or chickpea salad.
- Other potato recipes: Sprinkle some on hasselback potatoes or smashed potatoes!
- ¼ cup salt 4 Tbsp
- 1 Tbsp paprika not smoked
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp sugar
- In a bowl, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and sugar until well blended. Transfer your seasoned salt to a shaker or airtight glass container for storage.