What Can I Substitute For Poultry Seasoning?

Posted on 27 Oct 2015 15:22

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Poultry seasoning is a mainstay during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Just about everybody uses it for their turkey and stuffing (or is it dressing?). It is an herb mixture that has been around for a very long time, even before we began eating turkey during the holidays. What can you use in its place if you don't have any?

What to use to replace poultry seasoning in your recipe depends on the brand of poultry seasoning mixture you normally use. There are, of course, many recipes for homemade poultry seasoning mixtures on the web, but most of us probably do not want to make up a huge batch in advance.

There are no rules as to what goes into poultry seasoning, but most mixtures are heavy on sage, and thyme. Most also have rosemary and herbs such as marjoram. You may also find black pepper, nutmeg, and even ginger. McCormick's Poultry Seasoning contains thyme, sage, marjoram, rosemary, black pepper, and nutmeg.

In fact, if you just remember the lyrics to Scarborough Fair, made popular by Simon and Garfunkel, you'll have a basic poultry seasoning blend memorized…"parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme."

If you don't have any sage on hand, then you will not be able to get quite the pungent flavor most of use associate with poultry seasoning. You can use up to 2/3's sage, in fact. Most cooks just throw the typical herbs together in equal proportions. However, you can adjust the amount of each ingredient to your taste.

To replace poultry seasoning, use any of the following, according to your own unique taste. The first five ingredients are really the main ones you need, but you can do without any of these in a pinch. The amounts given are suggestions only. You can double or triple the amount, depending on your needs.

  • 1 tablespoon ground thyme
  • 2 teaspoons ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram (oregano can be substituted but use less)
  • 1 teaspoon savory
  • 1 teaspoon ground celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped lemon zest
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