Healthy Substitutes

Homemade Salt Substitute (No-Salt Seasoning Mix)

By Evelyn

Making flavorful salt substitutes is a great option for anyone who has been advised to reduce their sodium intake. It’s super easy to make as you’ll see with this oh so savory salt substitute recipe.

Homemade Salt Substitute

How to Make a Flavorful Salt Substitute

  • Combine the ingredients. Add the onion powder, garlic powder, ground mustard, paprika, ground celery seed, and ground white pepper to a bowl and mix to combine.
  • Store. Either use the salt immediately or transfer to a container until ready to use.

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2 Big Reasons Why You Might Want to Cut Back on Your Sodium Intake

Sodium can be a funny thing. Some people should be including more of it in their diets, while other people are better off by reducing their sodium intake. Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider cutting back on sodium:

  • Hypertension. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be exacerbated by sodium. Left unchecked, hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. (1)
  • High risk categories. Studies have shown that certain demographics (individuals aged 51 or older, and individuals with diabetes, chronic kidney issues, or hypertension) are at an increased risk of heart disease. If you’re 51 or older with any of the aforementioned conditions, then you should speak to your family doctor about your sodium intake. (2)

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Are No-Salt Seasoning Mixes Bland?

It will only take one quick taste of this homemade seasoning blend to be able to tell that it’s anything but bland tasting. With that being said, if you’re looking to make it even more flavorful, here are a couple of quick tips you can try:

  • Spice it up. Try adding even spicier ingredients like red pepper flakes, ground cumin, or turmeric powder in if you want to give your seasoning more of a spicy kick.
  • Don’t be afraid to incorporate fresh herbs. Adding a bit of fresh cilantro, parsley, dill, or even mint can have a dramatic impact on the taste of your seasoning mix.
  • Be generous with your dry rub. Don’t skimp! Coat every nook and cranny, taking into account that during cooking, some might rub off due to moisture.

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How Long Will This Spice Mix Stay Fresh?

One of the best things about making your own homemade spice mixes is the fact that they have a lot of staying power as far as shelf life goes. Most ground spices will keep for between 2-3 years, so you can reasonably expect this salt substitute to last for the same amount of time.

As for storing it, you can simply keep it in a mason jar or some other type of airtight container and then keep it stored in your kitchen pantry.


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Salt Substitute

Homemade Salt Substitute (No-Salt Seasoning Mix)

  • Author: Evelyn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/3 cup 1x


  • 2 tbsp onion powder 
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tbsp ground mustard 
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • ½ tsp  ground celery seed 
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper


  1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine. 
  2. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

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  1. Very good! I followed the recipe exactly as given. It added a lot of flavor to my rice and vegetables dish. Surprisingly, it leaves a salty aftertaste. Excellent, easy, and inexpensive.

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