This potato seasoning blend, a mix of kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and other spices, is a game-changer for grilling or baking. In just 2 minutes, create a versatile spice combo perfect for seasoning potato wedges, roasted potatoes, fries, or tater tots. Plus this smokey & savory mix keeps for up to 6 months, making it convenient to give your potatoes a quick flavor boost in a pinch.
Does your family subsist on potatoes? If so, you’re going to want to make this potato seasoning to keep on hand.
And while it may seem silly to need a seasoning for potatoes, it really depends on how often you eat potatoes.
My family thinks this is the best seasoning for potatoes because it provides great flavor (without being spicy) and it kind of reminds them of the Red Robin seasoning.
I love it because it’s super easy to make and I almost always have all the ingredients on hand.
I’ve used this spice blend for roasted potatoes, grilled potato rounds, grilled potato wedges, on top of fries and tater tots – it works for them all.
There’s truly not much to this recipe, but scroll down for the details – including step by step pictures and tips – to get the most out of this potato wedges seasoning.
What’s in potato seasoning?
There are usually some common ingredients like salt, pepper, and garlic powder, but after that it’s subjective. Here are the spices used in this potato seasoning recipe.
- Garlic powder – the workhorse of spices. You want powder, not granulated garlic, as it has a stronger flavor.
- Onion powder – probably the secondary workhorse here. Don’t use dried minced onions, you want the powdered kind.
- Smoked paprika – you want smoked and not just regular paprika. Smoked has much more flavor.
- Ground black pepper – you can use pre-ground or freshly ground. Either works.
- Kosher salt – This recipe calls for Diamond Crystal kosher salt, which is my preferred salt. It is less salty by volume than other salts which means it leaves a little more room for error when salting your food. If you are using a different type of salt (kosher or otherwise), you’ll want to use this salt conversion chart from Epicurious to determine how much salt to use.
Have your spices lost some flavor?
If you can’t remember the last time you bought spices, it may be time to get new ones. Spices lose potency over time and if they are old the seasoning won’t have as much flavor as it should. Here are three ways to check your spices (and herbs) for freshness:
- Look: take a look at your spices. Are they vibrant or has their color faded?
- Smell: put your nose down to the bottle (though not too close!) and take a whiff. Do you smell the spice immediately or do you have to take a couple deep inhales to get any scent?
- Taste: take a small pinch of the spice and give it a taste. Is it strong on your tongue or can you barely taste it?
Use one or all three of these methods to see if your spice shelves need an overhaul.
Making a seasoning for potatoes
This recipe is so simple because all you’re doing is measuring out the spices and combining them in a bowl. I hesitate to even call it a recipe, it’s that easy! Check out the pictures below to see what I mean.
*Tip: use a clear bowl so you can see if any spices at the bottom aren’t getting incorporated!
What do you use potato seasoning for?
The whole point of potato seasoning is to use it on potatoes, of course. But you can use it on other foods too! Here are some of the ways I like to use it, but there are a ton of possibilities:
- on roasted potatoes;
- on grilled potatoes (and potato wedges);
- on fries or tater tots;
- in a breakfast hash; and
- to season ground meat.
Storing potato seasoning
If you are either making the seasoning ahead of time or want to make a big batch at once, place the rub in an air-tight container (I like to use a mason jar) and store it in a cool, dark place.
It will keep for about 6 months this way, depending on how fresh your spices were to begin with.
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2-Minute Potato Seasoning (for wedges, fries, & more)
- 2 tsp kosher salt Diamond Crystal brand
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- Use measuring spoons to measure out the ingredients and place each into a small bowl.
- Use a small whisk or other utensil to stir the ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
- Use a clear bowl so you can see if any spices at the bottom aren’t getting incorporated.
- This recipe makes 3.25 teaspoons of seasoning.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.