Italian seasoning is one of the best herb blends that you can add to your recipes. Ironically, it doesn’t actually hail from Italy, instead being a Mediterranean seasoning.
Despite that, though, it will give any recipe a lovely hint of Mediterranean flavor and spice.
However, what happens when you run out of some Italian seasoning and desperately need something similar to give your recipe a bit of flair?
In the guide below, we’re going to show you the 7 best Italian seasoning substitutes (see also ‘Salad Supreme Seasoning: 6 Tasty Substitutes‘).
1. Herbes De Provence
This herb blend is as fancy as its name suggests, with a delicious hint of flavor. It’s a great pick for an Italian seasoning substitute, and will traditionally include a blend of basil, thyme, rosemary, organo, and more.
It pairs well with French and Mediterranean cuisine, but has such a reliable blend of different herbs that it’s sure to work for many of your recipes.
It may not always be the most readily available substitute, but it’s more than worth it if you can get some.
2. Greek Seasoning
The Greek seasoning blend of herbs is another good substitute for Italian seasoning. This delicious and peppery blend will add a little hint of extra flavor to your meals and really make a difference.
It will typically contain pasley, oregano, thyme, marjoram, garlic, and even a little onion. However, sometimes you might find that salt and pepper have been added too, or even cinnamon and nutmeg.
If you like the sound (and flavor) of those, you can always add a little of them yourself.
3. Dried Basil And Oregano
As you can tell from the name, this very simple substitute for Italian seasoning is made up of an easy mix of dried basil and oregano.
This particular blend works so well because oregano (see also ‘Oregano Substitutes‘) has such a strong and sharp taste, while basil is all sweet and savory, with hints of mint and pepper.
The combination of these two drastically different flavors really works together, and will go really well with your recipe.
4. Herbes De La Garrigue
This is another fancy substitution for Italian seasoning that is bound to improve your recipe. It has a great blend of plenty of herbs, and they are typically grown in the southwest of France.
What are the herbs? It uses sage (see also ‘6 Sage Substitutes‘), thyme, rosemary, basil, marjoram, fennel, and even some lovely lavender. On top of that, mint is also included, as is bay leaf powder (see also ‘4 Fantastic Bay Leaf Substitutes‘).
As you can guess, you really get a full range of herbs and flavors with this, making it a great substitute – if you can get hold of it.
5. Homemade Italian Seasoning
Additionally, there is always the option of making your own Italian seasoning when you don’t have any left from the store. After all, it only contains a fairly standard range of herbs.
To make three tablespoons of your own mix, you will need: 1 teaspoon of dried sage, 2 teaspoons each of dried basil and dried thyme, half a teaspoon of dried rosemary (see also ‘6 Substitutes For Rosemary‘), and a tablespoon of dried oregano.
If you get the proportions correct, you should have an Italian seasoning substitute that tastes as good as the real thing – because it is the real thing!
6. Pizza Seasoning
You might be surprised at this substitute, but it’s not far off from italian seasoning. In fact, it usually contains most of the herbs that Italian seasoning contains.
A regular pizza seasoning will include ingredients like thyme, smoked paprika (see also ‘12 Best Paprika Substitutes‘), garlic powder and onion powder, and more.
These make it pretty delicious in itself, and really not so bad as a substitute for Italian seasoning.
7. Dried Basil, Thyme, And Oregano
This small range of herbs and a plant is a great substitute for Italian seasoning, especially because of the minty, sweet taste that thyme has.
Plus, it’s simple to make! Simply mix half teaspoons of basil and thyme (see also ‘5 Substitutes For Thyme‘) in a container, with a teaspoon of oregano too.
Italian seasoning is great for many recipes, but our list of substitutes will have you covered whenever you run out.
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