Pot Roast Seasoning Recipe (2024)

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A delicious blend of herbs and spices to have on hand when making your next pot roast dinner.

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I've always loved making my own pot roast seasoning recipe. It is a homemade version of those McCormick packets you can get - only better. At least you know what you're getting and can adjust the spice level per your own liking.

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I first tried making this seasoning mix a few years ago and truly loved the flexibility of making it myself at home.

Since then, I've tweaked and played with it until I found a version I like. This pot roast seasoning recipe is now perfect (for me anyway - you may have to also tweak to your own preference).

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  • ❤️ Why you'll love it
  • 🧅 Ingredients
  • 🥣 Instructions
  • 🔄 Substitutions and Variations
  • 🔌 Equipment
  • 📘 Related Recipes
  • 🧊 Storage and Use
  • 💡 Tips
  • 👩‍🍳 FAQs
  • Pot Roast Seasoning Recipe
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❤️ Why you'll love it

  • This seasoning mix can actually be used on so many things. I love to use it to make a pot roast gravy, brown gravy, . When any sauces need to be thickened etc. I use it a lot so always have a jar on hand in my spice cabinet.
  • Making it yourself you'll be able to tweak it.
  • The whole family loves any meal made with these basic ingredients.

🧅 Ingredients

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  • All purpose flour
  • Onion Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Celery Salt
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Cayenne
  • Kosher Salt

See recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities.

🥣 Instructions

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  • Step 1: Add all spices to a small mixing bowl.
  • Step 2: Stir together until totally combined with a whisk.
  • Step 3: Decant to a jar for safe keeping.

Hint: Make sure to keep this spice blend labeled so that it doesn't get stranded at the back of your spice drawer and give a good shake before using.

🔄 Substitutions and Variations

  • Corn Starch - instead of flour - you won't need as much though. A tablespoon of cornstarch is plenty.
  • Brown Sugar - is often added.
  • Garlic Powder - add a few teaspoons garlic powder.
  • Wheat flour - could be used instead of all purpose.
  • Onion Soup Mix - some people add this - but then I want to avoid using these prepackaged items.
  • Dehydrated Onion - this could be helpful.
  • Yeast Extract - this can often add another flavor profile.
  • Worcestershire Sauce - for added umami flavor.
  • Bay Leaf - adding a teaspoon of crushed bayleaves.
  • Baby Carrots - get those added to your roast for sure, for sweetness.
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It's just a delicious recipe for pot roasts, so not much equipment is needed really. You'll need a bowl to mix the seasonings in as well as a wire whisk to stir it up. Although, if you're going to store in a resealable bag you could probably just shake it up. Don't you love easy recipes.

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🧊 Storage and Use

Store in an airtight container, in a cool place that is dry.

When you need to use this delicious seasoning blend, best practice is to rub the meat down with the seasoning. It's a great rub for pot roast. Sear the meat then add to your cooking vessel - whether it be a slow cooker, Dutch Oven or Instant Pot. Add your fluids (this could be a beef stock, cup water, red wine, etc.)

💡 Tips

Expert Tip: Using fresh spices will always give you the best results. If your spices are old then the flavors won't be as vibrant. This seasoning gives amazing flavor and nice color.

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👩‍🍳 FAQs

Can this recipe be used in a slow cooker?

Definitely. Look above - there's a picture of a crock pot with a pot roast recipe in there. This roast rub (as it's sometimes called) was used in the making of that. It's seriously the best crock pot roast recipe.

What Could I Use this pot roast seasoning for?

* A delicious dry rub
* To make flavorful meat
* Not to mention the delicious gravy this will make for your favorite roast.

How much should I use?

I use the following ratio:
For each Cup of fluid I'll use about 2 Tablespoons of the homemade pot roast seasoning.
1 pound of meat : 1 Cup Fluid : 2 tablespoon of the homemade spice blend.

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Pot Roast Seasoning Recipe

A delicious blend of herbs and spices to have on hand when making your next pot roast dinner.

Prep Time5 minutes mins

Total Time5 minutes mins

Servings: 2 Cups

Cuisine: Seasoning

Author: Melanie Cagle


  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 Teaspoons Celery Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary
  • ½ Teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt


  • Add all the herbs and spices to a bowl and mix well with a small whisk.

  • Add to a container to store.


My favorite way to use this seasoning recipe is during the searing process at the start of the recipe. I take the required amount and rub all over the roast, then sear it. Upon adding the stock/fluid the flour in the seasoning will help thicken the fluids.

I use about ½ Cup of the seasoning to about 3 cups of fluid.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 380mg | Fiber: 1g

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  1. Darin says

    Sounds delicious. However, what would be the required amount for a pot roast?


    • Melanie Cagle says

      Good question. I usually use about 1/2 Cup of the seasoning to about 3 cups fluid. I am updating my post now to reflect this! Thanks Darin.


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