Lawry’s Seasoned Salt Recipe

Families around the world love Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, the famous spice blend with infinite uses. Here’s how you can make your own seasoned salt blend that will taste just like you remember it, at half the price.

What does the best Prime Rib and traditional Chex Mix have in common? You guessed it: Lawry’s salt. But it’d be just as good on Rotisserie Chicken or sprinkled over Cold Pasta Salad. And then put your spice drawer to work with even more DIY spice blends for all your favorite recipes!

Lawrys seasoned salt in a clear jar.
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Even if it’s not used every day (like it should be) most cupboards have a shaker of this classic California staple. Since 1938, Lawry’s seasoned salt been a household name, adding superpowers to whatever it touches.

And for good reason: it’s just plain delicious.

Understandably, McCormick is pretty hush-hush about what’s in the recipe. They prefer to keep their exact blend of herbs and spices on the DL, but this recipe nails it. Use it in every recipe that calls for seasoned salt or come up with your own unique recipe with seasoned salt.

Since there’s some debate about what’s in Lawry’s salt, some dedicated readers insist that celery salt is in there, too— so there’s also an option in the recipe notes for including celery in the recipe without adding to the sodium content.

And speaking of sodium, one of the best things about this copycat recipe for Lawry’s is that you can adjust it to your dietary needs. Want a no-sugar version of Lawry’s? Need to cut out salt entirely? You can do both when you make your own. After all, the best seasoned salt recipe is one you can feel good about using, without guilt.

Making Lawry’s Seasoned Salt for a family reunion? Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.

Lawry’s Seasoned Salt ingredients:

This recipe is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.

  • Salt (use less if you want to).
  • Sugar (you can reduce or omit this).
  • Paprika.
  • Turmeric.
  • Onion powder.
  • Garlic powder.
  • Cornstarch. This keeps the spices from clumping.
  • *Celery salt (Optional, but delicious, and you can make an amazing homemade celery salt here.)

Lawrys seasoned salt ingredients in various bowls.

Buying spices in bulk:

It seems like those expensive little spice jars can get pricy at the store. Consequently, it’s not always the best way to buy dried herbs and spices, either, because their high cost usually deters shoppers and they end up sitting on the shelf longer than ideal.

But buying spices from a specialty store or a market with a well-stocked bulk department will save you money every time. Not only are the ingredients likely to be fresher, you get to buy exactly what you need. Less waste, more money in your pocket.

Alternatively, you can find good deals on spices online. Spices inc, Penzey’s, or the Spice House have good prices and fresh stock.

How to make Lawry’s Seasoned Salt:

This is so simple. All you have to do is combine the measured ingredients together. Store the seasoned salt in an airtight container or a shaker jar with a lid.

Lawrys seasoned salt in a clear dish with a small whisk.

Lawry’s Seasoned Salt uses:

This all-purpose seasoning salt recipe can be made to use on:

  • Corn on the cob. Sprinkle it over freshly cooked, buttered corn.
  • Prime rib. Roasted meats sparkle when rubbed with seasoned salt. That's why there's a famous restaurant dedicated to Lawry's prime rib.
  • Carne Asada. Made for special occasions in Mexico, they love to use seasoned salt.
  • Chicken. Homemade rotisserie chicken, or grilled chicken…it’s all better with this stuff.
  • Potatoes. Any kind of potatoes: French fries, smashed red potatoes, mashed potatoes, you name it.
  • Chex Mix. Easily the most addictive snack on the planet.
  • Fish. Fried fish, baked trout, or grilled salmon
  • Salads and casseroles. Coleslaw, pasta salad, scalloped potatoes all taste a little better.

Lawry's Seasoned Salt Recipe

Families around the world love Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, the famous spice blend with infinite uses. Here’s how you can make your own seasoned salt blend that will taste just like you remember it, at half the price.
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Keyword garlic, salt
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 18 servings (1 teaspoon each)
Calories 5kcal
  • 1/4 cup Salt
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • In a small bowl, whisk together salt, sugar, paprika, turmeric, onion powder, garlic powder, and cornstarch. Store covered in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Even though it's not specifically listed in the original seasoning recipe, many readers think a little celery salt makes the seasoning taste even more authentic. If that's you, omit 2 tablespoons of the salt and add 2 tablespoons celery salt in its place. 

Nutrition

Calories: 5kcal

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  1. David F

    Meggan,
    Thank you for posting this copycat seasoning recipe. I plan to try it, and I do suggest that you keep posting copycat seasonings like this. As a large family now, it is difficult to pay all of the prices that suppliers charge. Many of the seasonings have even went up where I live … let alone all of the costs for feeding a family. Like I’ve said before, many people have stopped going to restaurants, because the prices are so high. That’s why I love Culinary Hill and all of your culinary delights on your website. I so believe in your Mission, because my family is one that is really benefitting from all that you do. Thank you, and please, keep making more copycats of things — maybe even have a page where people can suggest restaurant recipes to try and duplicate.

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