Make these creative combos your go-to flavor boosters.

Homemade seasoning salt
Credit: The Ellaphant in the Room

Want another way to add great flavor to dinner on the grill? By combining salt with herbs and spices and then rubbing the mixture on meat, fish, or vegetables before grilling, you build several layers of flavor while also helping to create a crispy, seasoned crust. Here’s how to make quick custom spice blends that will be fresher and more potent than most of the jarred versions available at the supermarket.

Combine 1 ingredient from each section in the amount listed.

Start with 1 tablespoon kosher salt.

Add 1 tablespoon ground cumin, ground coriander, fennel seed, or brown sugar.

Then, add 1 tablespoon mustard powder, sweet paprika, or mild chili powder.

Next, add 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, dried oregano, dried thyme, or garlic powder.

Finally, add 1 teaspoon black pepper, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, or red pepper flakes.

Some Real Simple Suggestions

  • Salt, fennel, mustard, oregano, and black pepper on pork chops.
  • Salt, cumin, chili powder, sesame seeds, and smoked paprika on oiled vegetables.
  • Salt, brown sugar, sweet paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne on steak.