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Thai Spice Blend

This Thai Seasoning Blend is unique and easy to use! I included recipe ideas in this post, too. Make a batch and let me know what you think!

Homemade Thai Seasoning is a fun, exotic spice blend to give recipes a hint of Thai flavor if you don't have curry paste on hand. It's easy to make, too!

The perfect Thai Seasoning

This homemade Thai spice blend is heavenly and so simple to mix together! If you know me, you’ll know I love creating my own spice mixes to avoid any unnecessary ingredients, and this Thai mix is no different!

Much to my kids dismay, this homemade Thai seasoning has become my new go-to blend. If you’ve had other Asian seasonings, it’s sort of like curry powder – I just love all of the exotic flavors that come from that part of the world!

Thai Spice Recipe ingredients

I’m going to say up front, that this isn’t an authentically Thai spice blend.


It’s more… Thai-inspired. And closer to a curry powder, but with a different little twist.

You can see the ingredients in this photo here:

Homemade Thai Seasoning is a fun, exotic spice blend to give recipes a hint of Thai flavor if you don't have curry paste on hand. It's easy to make, too!

How to make Thai Seasonings Blend

Combine all the spices well. It’s that simple!

Is There a Fenugreek Substitute?

As your eyes run down that list of spices you’re probably thinking “Ugh. I don’t have fenugreek. Is there a fenugreek substitute?”

Short answer: Sort of. You could replace fenugreek with some garam masala (a blend commonly used in Indian dishes), yellow mustard seeds and brown sugar or just leave it out.

Long answer: Fenugreek really makes this Thai seasoning blend stand out. Have you ever used fenugreek? I see it pop up in ethnic recipes here and there, but I had never purchased any until now.

Fenugreek tastes like a cross between celery leaves and maple syrup. (I know. It sounds weird) It’s hard to duplicate.

It really makes this spice blend taste…. more authentically Thai. (According to someone who has never been to Thailand and has probably never had truly authentic Thai food. Just humor me, OK?)

Where Can you Buy Ground Fenugreek?

If you can find fenugreek, please use it! If your grocery store doesn’t carry it, try a natural/fancy-pants grocery store like Whole Foods. Or an ethnic grocery store that carries Asian spices, if you happen to have on nearby.

Amazon has it, too: Ground Fenugreek. Honestly I’d rather get it there then drive all over town hunting.

I’m excited for you to use this seasoning blend! If you’re wondering what you’d use it for, here are a few of my favorite recipes that highlight this Thai Seasoning Blend.

Recipes Using Thai Seasoning

You can use Thai seasoning on roasted vegetables, as a rub for grilled chicken or steak, or in marinades. Here are a few recipes with Thai seasoning, if you’re needing more inspiration…

This Paleo Thai Shrimp and Vegetable Skillet is a light, fresh meal that comes together really quickly — like a stir fry. It’s also low-carb & Whole30 compliant and great for summer.

This Thai Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Coconut and Lime was surprisingly tasty. I never thought to pair sweet potatoes with Thai seasoning, but it’s really magical.

Especially with toasted coconut flakes all over the top. Mmm.

This Quick Thai Fish Curry is a recent favorite of mine. MMM.

In this recipe, the Thai Seasoning Blend acts like Thai curry paste. But it’s shelf-stable, which is nice.

This recipe is FABULOUS with Instant Pot Coconut Rice, by the way.

Thai Pulled Pork Tacos with Creamy Chili Slaw -- one of my favorite recipes that use Thai seasoning! From The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooking by Natalie Perry

I loved this Thai seasoning so much that I included it in the spice blend section of my first cookbook — The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooking and used it in two recipes:

Thai Pulled Pork Tacos with Creamy Chili Slaw (pictured above) — This might be my favorite recipe in the whole book. That’s saying a lot for someone who was never a fan of pork before. This recipe made me a believer.

Thai-Spiced Seafood Soup with Zoodles — This one is a creamy, coconut curry-like soup with chunks of flaky cod and shrimp. And lots of zoodles. I’m a huge fan of this one.

Give this blend a whirl and let me know what you think!

How to store this Thai Spice Blend

Store your homemade spice blend in an airtight container at room temperature.

More Recipes on Perry’s Plate

Homemade Thai Spice Recipe

Homemade Thai Spice Recipe

Yield: 3 Tablespoons
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

If you can absolutely help it -- don't leave out the fenugreek. It might be tricky to find, but it has a sweet, maple-like taste and gives this spice blend its exoticness.


  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (to taste)


Combine well and store in an airtight container.

Note: I use 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne because I have small children who freak out over spicy food. Use more if you'd like it spicier!

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Petro Esterhuizen

Saturday 25th of March 2023

Thank you so very much Natalie. I found all die info that I was looking for...from you. Bless you!!!!!!!

Natalie Perry

Tuesday 25th of April 2023

Glad to have helped! Thanks Petro!


Thursday 11th of August 2022

Hi Natalie, I was wondering if you use regular paprika or smoked or sweet. Thanks, Londa

Natalie Perry

Monday 26th of September 2022

For this recipe, regular or sweet paprika is fine.

Fiona Dean

Monday 25th of July 2022

Thank you! Just made a butternut squash and cauliflower Thai curry with your spice blend and coconut milk and it was delicious!

Natalie Perry

Monday 25th of July 2022

That sounds delicious! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Tim Reinhart

Tuesday 19th of April 2022

Fenugreek is a staple at Penzey's Spices, if you don't have one near you, they'll ship it for you from their Wisconsin headquarters.

Natalie Perry

Thursday 21st of April 2022

Thanks for the tip!


Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

This sounds interesting! I will probably reduce the cumin and maybe the turmeric because I actually don't like curry even though I do cook other things with those spices, and I think those probably make something most curry-like. Thanks for the interesting combo! I'll be ordering some fenugreek!

Natalie Perry

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

True! Feel free to tinker with it to get it the way you'd like it!

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