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Homemade Turkey Seasoning

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.


1/4 cup

Updated: Nov. 07, 2022
Use this simple rub over your turkey to create the delicious flavors your family craves during the holidays. While the turkey roasts, it will fill your house with the nostalgic aroma of Thanksgiving dinner. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Homemade Turkey Seasoning Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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 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 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 follow our guide for how to cook a 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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