Homemade Everyday Seasoning Salt – 7:2:1 Mix (and 7:2:2)

Homemade Everyday Seasoning Salt - 7:2:1 Mix (and 7:2:2) from 101 Cooking For Two

This is one for the lazy in me and the need to simplify things. A great choice on almost everything. A mixture of common spices ideal to add to meats or vegetables. Ready to use without measuring every time.

For Father’s Day (yes, I know it was a while ago) my wife gave me a gift certificate to the local cooking school Artisan Cooking School in Grand Haven. I don’t think she was trying to give me a hint, just that she thought we could enjoy it together. She was right. I opted for the grilling class (big surprise there…).  Howard Norris is the chef/owner and was an excellent host and very educational. Multiple grilled meats and sided dishes were prepared quickly and efficiently with lots of discussion and pointers. Plus we got to eat it all. A wonderful evening.

One of the common themes with the meat preparation was a common and very simple mix of spices. Nothing fancy. A 7:2:1 ratio of  kosher salt:pepper:granular garlic. It worked great on everything that night. I have used it several times since then with similar great results. Retrospective, the ratio is very similar to many of my and others recipes.


rating system 5

Excellent, wonderful and other adjectives. I know that “I could survive on this alone” doesn’t apply here.

It is in a container on my stove and will be refilled frequently for many years to come. A great time saver.

I wrote the recipe using tablespoons but obviously, it could be teaspoons, cups, ounces or whatever.

Note: published as a separate post so I can link back to it in other posts.

Modification for the Garlic-asaurus-I live with a garlic loving wife along with the rest of my family when they are here. For them I use 7:2:2

Homemade Everyday Seasoning Salt – 7:2:1 Mix (and 7:2:2)
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A great choice on almost everything. A mixture of common spices ideal to add to meats or vegetables. Ready to use without measuring every time. Modification for the Garlic-asaurus- I live with a garlic loving wife along with the rest of my family when they are here. For them I use 7:2:2
Serves: ⅓ cup
  • 7 Tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Granular garlic (2 for 7:2:2)
  1. Mix well
This is written with Tablespoons but you could use teaspoons, cups or any other measurement. It is all about the ratio of ingredients.

Last Updated
September 28 2014


  1. says

    I’ll have to play with my ratios a bit. I often use a 2-3:1:1 like this, but I like a strong pepper kick.

    That is a very cool gift from your wife!

  2. Laura says

    I really liked the idea of theses chicken breasts and addressed the ‘under garlic ‘ issue by smashing the garlic then chopping fine. The cooking method was great and the butter and garlic ‘ stuffing’ made them moist. The problem I had was the 7:2:2 seasoning. WAY TOO salty . Should have stuck with what I usually season with which is similar but much lower salt. My fault….

  3. Chelsea says

    I found your wonderful website while researching brining chicken breasts. I hope you are still posting as I like what I’ve seen/read so far. Keep cooking 😉

  4. Grant says

    Keeping it simple….great idea! Here is another called “cold mountain rub” 1/4 cup Kosher salt, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup coursely gound black pepper & 1/4 cup sweet paprika…Mix thoroughly. Sprinkle lightly on both sides 1/2 hour before grilling or pan searing. Remainder can be stored in air tight container. This is one of my favorites! For thicker meat or more intense flavor rub it on the night before.

  5. Nicholas says

    I used to live down the road from Grand Haven! Fast forward fifteen years and I am in Puerto Rico, searching for simple ways to cook chicken legs stumbling upon a blog from a fellow Michigander. 425 for 35 did the trick with your extremely basic 7:2:1. Thanks :)

  6. Chelvis says

    I noticed that the recipe above is all tablespoons. When opening the recipe salt measurement is tablespoon & the other 2 ingredients teaspoon.
    Please confirm correct measurements.
    Thank you

  7. Sam says

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve cooked chicken this way several times in the past few weeks for my wife and I. I did modify the method a bit (not that my way is better, just works for me and may help others):

    Preheat (regular) oven to 375
    Heat skillet on medium heat
    Lay the chicken breasts on a plate and season the “good side”
    Place enough olive oil in the skillet to cover bottom with a thin layer
    Place the chicken breasts seasoned side down in the skillet and season the other side
    Continue searing until desired color on good side by lifting them up to check them
    Once I like the color I flip them and IMMEDIATELY place in the preheated oven for 20 minutes
    The other side sears and continues to cook while finishing up in the oven!

    I’ve also tried different seasonings such as Lawry’s, Old Bay, etc. and all have turned out pretty well.

  8. Rachel says

    If I add sugar to the mix for 7:2:1 – is it 7:7:2:1 proportionally?
    I need a seasoning proportion when sugar and salt is combined. Do you have any recommendations?

    • Rachel says

      8:3:1:1 works!
      Thank you – I just need this general rule of thumb for any rub. Was also planning to try on sweet potato fries aside from ribs.

      Thanks again!

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