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Middle Eastern Seasoning

This Middle Eastern Inspired Spice Blend is so good in a marinade! Mixed with some lemon juice and oil it creates the BEST grilled chicken!

A short, wide-mouth glass jar with Middle Eastern Seasoning blend. A small measuring spoon is stuck inside the blend.

Do you like to make your own homemade seasoning blends? I LOVE it. It makes me feel really cheffy reaching into the cabinet and using a blend that I made.

This Middle Eastern Seasoning blend is super delicious. You’ll love it.

I added some recipes at the end of this post that would work well with this Middle Eastern inspired seasoning blend.

A small wooden bowl with the ingredients for the Middle Eastern Seasoning Blend. They have not been mixed together yet and the spices create a pretty mosaic in the bowl.

What’s in Middle Eastern Seasoning?

If you have a well-stocked spice cabinet, you should already have most of these seasonings:

  • Cumin
  • Dried Parsley
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Salt
  • Ground Coriander
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground Cloves
  • Cayenne (optional — leave this out if you don’t want the heat)
The same wooden bowl with the spices partially blended.

What does Middle Eastern Seasoning taste like?

It has a cumin-parsley-garlic base and reminds me of a riff of off curry powder with its touch of turmeric and cloves. It contains more herbs and some sesame seeds, too. It’s really great!

Finished Middle Eastern Seasoning with a measuring spoon ready to scoop some out.

How to Use Middle Eastern Seasoning

Our favorite way to use this is to blend it with some oil and citrus juice to use as a marinade for grilled chicken skewers!

It would also be great in a rice pilaf or adding it to some olive oil and dip pita bread into it. Yum!

Gyro-Inspired Shredded Beef is super easy to make! Just rub a big beef roast with this seasoning and throw it in your slow cooker (or Instant Pot!) with a sliced onion and some fresh garlic. You’ll have the most delicious shredded beef to make Greek-inspired bowls!

If you make this recipe, be sure to post it to social media and tag me at @perrysplate or #perrysplate so I can send you some love!

Middle Eastern Spice Blend

Middle Eastern Spice Blend

Yield: About 2/3 cup

Use this exotic (but easy!) mixture to add some Middle Eastern flavor to marinades, spice rubs, dips, or even roasted vegetables.


  • 1/4 cup cumin
  • 3 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne


Combine well, and store in an airtight container. Makes about 2/3 c.

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Paige Little

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Do you have nutrition facts for the Middle Eastern Chicken & Eggplant Kebabs with Tahini Yogurt Sauce?

Natalie Perry

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

I don't, sorry! There are a lot of online calculators that are available.

Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

Monday 11th of February 2013

I love this spice blend!!


Sunday 10th of August 2008

Thanks for the link, Sar :) I thought you got those spice blend recipes from a book or something, and since I didn't know what it was, I just said it was from you.... because that's where I got it from.


Sunday 10th of August 2008

Okay, I have a confession - I'm sorry to mislead. I'm not that good at putting together spices, so I stole this recipe from someone else: xoxo, Sarah


Saturday 2nd of August 2008

Thanks for posting the recipe, I cannot wait to give it a try! I had to bookmark your site too I am also looking for new recipes.

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