Essential Oil Spice Mixes for Savory Dishes

Essential oils can add a lot of flavor to cooking, but sometimes even a drop is too much for the dish. These spice mixes are an easy way to add a hint of additional flavor to your cooking with the help of essential oils! You may even enjoy adding a little to your plate if you like to salt your food.

AromaTools sells empty spice jars that are perfect for these spice mixes in 2 sizes: 1 oz. glass and 4 oz. plastic. Most of these recipes include ingredient lists for both sizes, so you can make these recipes in either jar. If you would like to try them out before making a larger batch, just follow the 1 oz. recipe. We also designed some labels that you can print onto our blank label sheets (large blank label sheet or small blank label sheet):
Large Labels (fit the larger jars)
Small Labels (fit either jar size)

One important thing to remember when using these spices—use them like you would salt. If you want more of the essential oil flavor, add more oils to the salt mixture, or add a toothpick or a drop of essential oil to the dish after cooking it.

Another tip: Make sure to use a slightly coarse salt (kosher salt and Himalayan sea salt are recommended). Do not use table salt—it will make these taste too salty. Also avoid the really coarse salt if you plan on adding more to your dish just before eating (unless you happen to like biting into large chunks of salt full of essential oil flavor . . . which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).

With Father’s Day just around the corner, try making these as a gift for the man who loves to cook!


[recipe title=”Essential Oil Italian Salt” servings=”1 oz. or 4 oz.” time=”5 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]

Ingredients for a 1 oz. Bottle:

  • 2 Tbsp. kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop basil essential oil

Ingredients for a 4 oz. Bottle:

  • 6 Tbsp. kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops thyme essential oil
  • 4 drops oregano essential oil
  • 4 drops basil essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a glass bowl. Mix thoroughly. Pour or spoon mixture into the spice jar.
  2. To use, sprinkle on your food for an Italian burst of flavor. Use as you would salt. Try it on mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, sauteed summer vegetables, spaghetti, french fries, pizza crust, or any of your favorite Italian dishes.

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[recipe title=”Essential Oil Lemon Pepper Salt” servings=”1 oz. or 4 oz.” time=”5 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]

Ingredients for 1 oz. Bottle:

  • 2 Tbsp. kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops black pepper essential oil

Ingredients for 4 oz. Bottle:

  • 7 Tbsp. kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • 9–10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 7–8 drops black pepper essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a glass bowl. Mix thoroughly. Pour or spoon mixture into the spice jar.
  2. To use, sprinkle on your food to give it a lemon-peppery kick. Try it on roasted or steamed vegetables, in hummus or veggie dips, or on your soup.

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[recipe title=”Essential Oil Steak Seasoning Salt” servings=”1 oz. or 4 oz.” time=”5 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]

Ingredients for 1 oz. Bottle:

  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp.– 1/2 Tbsp. crushed red pepper, depending on heat preference
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3–6 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 2–4 drops thyme essential oil
  • 2–4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2–4 drops coriander essential oil
  • 2–4 drops dill essential oil

Ingredients for 4 oz. Bottle:

  • 3 Tbsp. kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp–1 1/2 Tbsp. crushed red pepper, depending on heat preference
  • 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 9–12 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 6–10 drops thyme essential oil
  • 6–10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 6–10 drops coriander essential oil
  • 6–10 drops dill essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a glass bowl. Mix thoroughly. Pour or spoon mixture into the spice jar.
  2. To use, sprinkle/rub on steak prior to cooking. Add to taste after cooking the meat.

Note: Add more essential oils to the spice mixture if you plan on using this seasoning before cooking and fewer drops if you plan on adding it to the dish after cooking.

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[recipe title=”Essential Oil BBQ Rub” servings=”4 oz.” time=”5 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 4 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 2 drops cumin essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a glass bowl. Mix thoroughly. Pour or spoon mixture into the spice jar.
  2. To use, rub on desired amount over meat prior to cooking.

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[recipe title=”Essential Oil Herbes de Provence Salt” servings=”1 oz. or 4 oz.” time=”5 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]

Ingredients For 1 oz. Bottle:

  • 2 Tbsp. kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 drops basil essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop marjoram essential oil
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop fennel essential oil

Ingredients for 4 oz. Bottle:

  • 4 Tbsp. (1/4 cup) kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 4 drops basil essential oil
  • 2 drops thyme essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops marjoram essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop fennel essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a glass bowl. Mix thoroughly. Pour or spoon mixture into the spice jar.
  2. To use, sprinkle on your food for a burst of herb flavor. Use as you would salt. Try it on mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, sauteed summer vegetables, spaghetti, french fries, pizza crust, or any of your favorite herb-flavored dishes.

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[recipe title=”Essential Oil Moroccan Salt” servings=”1 oz.” time=”5 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 4 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil
  • 1 drop cardamom essential oil
  • 1 toothpick clove essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a glass bowl. Mix thoroughly. Pour or spoon mixture into the spice jar.
  2. To use, add to your favorite moroccan dishes as you would salt. Try adding it to sauteed chicken and vegetables or homemade meatballs for a unique flavor.

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3 thoughts on “Essential Oil Spice Mixes for Savory Dishes

  1. Great idea, if you are going to use salt one might as well add everything at the same time… of course some adjustments may be needed while preparing a dish.

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