DIY Pizza Seasoning Recipe
This homemade pizza seasoning recipe is made up of a variety of herbs, spices, and dehydrated veggies. Sprinkle some on this homemade seasoning blend on top of homemade pizza, leftover pizza, takeout pizza or frozen pizza. Makes a great gift.
Just when you thought pizza couldn’t get any better...
This pizza seasoning recipe is your secret to upgraded pizza, whether you’re eating frozen pizza, homemade pizza or leftover pizza.
It features a variety of dried herbs which enhances the Italian flavors of pizza (like pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, etc.) But it tastes great on any kind of pizza!
What You’ll Need To Make Pizza Spice Mix
This seasoning blend calls for a variety of traditional Italian herbs and other simple ingredients ideal for topping pizza. No expensive fresh herbs required, just:
- Oregano: The predominant herb in this seasoning blend is oregano.
- Basil: This adds a sweet, herby component.
- Thyme: This adds herby and peppery flavor.
- Granulated dried garlic: Why not garlic powder? You’ll want pieces of garlic – not powder. The powder would settle at the bottom of the jar.
- Granulated dried onion: Purchase dried onion flakes instead of onion powder or onion salt.
- Dehydrated red bell pepper: If you have a dehydrator, you can dry your own bell peppers. This adds a slightly sweet element to the spice mix. You can leave this one out – not everyone has a dehydrator at home!
- Crushed red pepper flakes: If you are looking for a spicy homemade pizza seasoning and extra flavor, add crushed red pepper. This is optional.
- Optional – Dried lemon zest: I’ve tried pizza spice that contains dried lemon and it was delicious.
The key to success when making a homemade spice blend is to ensure all of the individual ingredients are similarly sized. That’s why you’ll use dried garlic flakes and dried onion flakes instead of garlic or onion powder or garlic salt.
Where To Buy Spices
There are a couple of options if you’re looking for affordable spices.
I purchased my spices in bulk at the local food co-op, where you can buy exactly how much you want instead of a large container.
You can find affordable full-size spices at Walmart and most grocery stores. Look for generic spices to save money.
This homemade blend is going to be cheaper, ounce per ounce, than Penzey’s Frozen Pizza Seasoning and most other pizza seasonings.
Makes A Great Gift
Homemade gifts are the best gifts. I love giving food as gifts for Christmas because they’re fun to make, fun to receive, affordable, and very practical.
Plus, when you give food as a gift, you can make extra and enjoy some yourself. #Win-Win
Here are some homemade blends to consider making for gifts:
- DIY coffee spices (great for sprinkling on top of latte or cappuccino foam)
- More homemade herb and spice blends
Store this and other spices in an airtight container. I love making homemade spice blends, so I buy empty spice jars online so I have plenty on hand to fill and give away as gifts.
My go-to: Buy spice jars online from SKS Bottle.
Other Uses For This Pizza Spice Blend
This blend is a delicious Italian seasoning mix. Besides making great pizza, use this:
- Sprinkled on olive oil to make a delicious bread dip appetizer
- Can also be used as a pizza crust dipper (works well for thick crusts)
- Added to homemade pasta sauce
- Added to pizza sauce or tomato paste (to make your pizza even more flavorful)
- Sprinkled into Italian-flavored pasta salad
- Sprinkled on buttered noodles
- Sprinkled on garlic bread
- Sprinkled on bruschetta
- Sprinkled on scrambled eggs
- Kneaded into pizza dough or bread dough to make a flavored crust or loaf
- Sprinkled into the sauce for a pizza casserole or pizza stew
- Added to butter to make a delicious compound butter
- Sprinkled on top of your pizza:
You’ll want to store this pizza seasoning blend at room temperature in an airtight container.
If you’re giving it away as a gift, choose a container with a tight seal or cover. You can also store extra spice in a small Mason jar.
How To Use
This easy pizza seasoning can be sprinkled on top of hot pizza – or it can be sprinkled onto the pizza before baking.
You don’t need much! Sprinkle a little (about one teaspoon) onto pizza and go from there. Now go and enjoy your pizza night!
- 4 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 dehydrated red bell pepper (approximately 1/3 cup dried and chopped)
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons dried garlic flakes
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- Place all spice ingredients in a small mixing bowl. You may need to crush the dried onion and garlic flakes a bit to ensure all ingredients are similar in size.
- Store at room temperature in an airtight container or spice jar.