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Spice mix on Tap- 8 recipes to make yourself !

How often have you decided on a particular dish only to open the pantry and find that you don’t have the correct Spice Mixto make the dish?

Not only does it make economic sense to make your mixes but, in a covid world, we do need to limit our exposure by planning shopping outings.

Steps to creating your Spice mix Collection:

  • The first step is to have a look in your cupboard and see which spices you already have. Then have a look at the basic list below and stock up on other dried herbs and spices. You can also find some useful information regarding spring cleaning your spice pantry in a previous pitmasterandthecook post. Click on this link
  • If you keep these essentials, you will easily be able to make up your favorite spice mix at short notice.
  • Spices are a quick way to add flavor to anything from canned beans to chicken breasts.
  • Spices can be expensive but, they last a while when stored in a cool dark place. You can build up a collection depending on what you cook. It will end up costing only a few cents per serving.
  • Wherever possible, try and buy whole spices instead of pre-ground. They will last longer.
  • Otherwise, try and buy freshly grounded spices.

Below is a list of suggestions for basic spices :

Black Pepper


Red Pepper Flakes ( Or whole dried chilis)


Bay Leaves

Powdered Garlic


Smoke Paprika



Mustard Seed

Powdered Onion


So now you will ready to begin making up your spice mixes.

Spice Mix – Mix Your Own

Here is a list of images that will simply explain which spices to use for your favorite combos. ( Courtesy



In addition to the above, the following three spices mixes are particular favorites of mine:

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

This mix goes particularly well with Chicken and Fish.


5, large Lemons

1/3 cup of crushed black peppercorns

½ cup kosher salt


Zest all the lemons.

Mix the zest with the crushed peppercorns

Spread out onto a tray lined with parchment.

Bake on the lowest setting until completely dry.

You can mix in salt now.

This will keep in an airtight container for up to three months.


Sriracha Salt

This salt is great on popcorn, fried potatoes, noodles, and even on fresh tropical fruits.



1-2 Tablespoons of Siracha Sauce ( Depends on how hot you like it !)

1 cup unrefined sea salt


Stir the chili sauce and the salt together in a large bowl.

Spread it out in a thin, even layer on a dry baking sheet. Set it in the sun for two days. You can also leave it in your oven at 100 F overnight until dry.

Once dried break up any lumps with your fingers.

Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid.


Secret Simple Spice Rub for Chicken


At home, we use this simple spice mix whenever we cook a whole chicken on the Barbecue.

spice mix for chicken


1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

4 Tablespoons Kosher salt

1 tablespoon Cayenne pepper ( or chili powder)

2 Tablespoons of sweet paprika

2 Tablespoons Lemon zest


Mix all the ingredients and rub over the chickens. ( This will make enough for two chickens)



Once you have a few of the more common spices in your pantry you can experiment with your own spice mix creating a new family favorite!



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About the Author:

Hi, I am a writer based outside Cape Town in South Africa. I come from a Barbecue obsessed family. With the great weather we have in Cape Town ( most of the year) we enjoy Cooking Outside in our Backyard as often as possible. South African's love to "Braai" anything! The trick to continuing to enjoy Barbecuing is loving the old favorites but experimenting with new foods and methods often.

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