Mediterranean food is a unique cuisine that has many spices mixed and a savory blend, with more dominant flavors. By creating your own Mediterranean Spice Mix, you can create dishes with both bold and subtle flavors, depending on your preference. Making things like hummus and baba ganoush taste amazing is a snap. In addition, homemade Mediterranean spices offer great savings when it comes to cooking Mediterranean meals, you will get much more for your money than if you buy it at the grocery stores. Crafting your own blend is easy so what not make your own spice blend for an added umami to those flavorful dinners!
Mediterranean spices mix is a staple in Mediterranean cooking, and it can be very simple to make at home! There are lots of combinations of herbs and spices that you can use to create your own mix. It can be as mild or as bold a flavor as you like. Just mix these spices together in a bowl, and store them in an air-tight container. You'll love the added depth of flavor you get from using homemade Mediterranean spices mix in your cooking - it's an instant upgrade! You can also use this blend as a dry rub for meat or fish.
This pairs well with this Mediterranean Lentil Soup.
- Dried Chives
- Ground Cumin
- Ground Coriander
- Dried Oregano
See the full recipe in the recipe card below.
Instructions step-by-step with photos
Step 1: Add all the spices in a small bowl.
Step 2: Mix all the ingredients until well combined
You can add more ingredients, such as these common herbs, black peppercorns, onion powder, Spanish paprika, mustard seeds, and garlic powder. Feel free to experiment with different flavors and spices of the Mediterranean region to create your own unique blend.
You can infuse olive oil with the Mediterranean spices mix. To do this, simply combine 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil, ¼ cup of your Mediterranean spice blend, lemon peel, and 1 bay leaf in a glass jar or bottle. Close the jar or bottle and shake it vigorously to combine the ingredients. Place the jar in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and let the mixture sit for 1-2 weeks. This will give your olive oil an intense flavor that can be used to marinate vegetables, meat, and even seafood.
The best way to store the spices mix is in an airtight container in a dry place at room temperature. It will last for up to 3 months. Make sure to keep it away from heat, light, and moisture for best results.
No, you do not need to grind spices mix. To bring out the most flavor, simply mix all the ingredients together until well combined and store them in an airtight container. This way, all of the individual spices will be able to release their individual flavors without needing to be ground. The longer you store the mix, the more flavorful it will become. But if you prefer a more fine texture, you can always grind the chives with a spice grinder before adding them to the other spices.
No, you do not need to heat the spices before use. Simply mix the ingredients together and store them in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
This Mediterranean spice mix recipe pairs well with any type of meat or vegetable dish. Try using it to season couscous, roasted vegetables, grilled chicken, and fish for added flavor. You can also sprinkle some of the mixes on top of salads, soups, rice dishes, or hummus for a flavorful kick. Use you start adding it to your dishes, I'm sure you will find many favorite ways to use this homemade seasoning mix.
This spice mix can be added to these recipes:
Mediterranean Spice Mix
- 2 tablespoons dried fine chives
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground cilantro
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients until well combined.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months