OVERHEAD VIEW OF HOMEMADE RANCH SEASONING IN GLASS JAR WITH GOLD SPOON.

Homemade Ranch Seasoning – Easy to Make and Jam-Packed with Flavor

Homemade ranch seasoning is as easy as it is delicious. Use it to add flavor to veggies, chicken, popcorn and everything in between. Whip up your own batch in 5 minutes or less!

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Homemade Ranch Seasoning in 5 Minutes or Less

This is one of those recipes that hardly qualifies as a recipe. I think of it more like an ingredient list. 

After gathering the ingredients, it’s just dump, mix and store. That’s it. No fancy techniques, no wait time. Just mix and use. 

Even better still is this recipe…I mean, ingredient list…calls for things that most of us already keep in our spice drawer.

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Buttermilk Powder - The Not-So-Secret Ingredient in Ranch Seasoning

The only ingredient in this homemade ranch seasoning recipe that isn’t widely found in most home kitchens is buttermilk powder.

If you aren’t familiar with buttermilk powder, I can’t recommend it enough. It will keep almost indefinitely in your fridge (if stored properly in an airtight container), and it is a useful thing to keep on hand. 

You can rehydrate powdered buttermilk for use in biscuits and pancakes or anywhere you would use liquid buttermilk. 

But it also has a lot of uses in its powder form. 

In addition to making a kick-ass homemade ranch seasoning, dry buttermilk powder is delicious in baked goods such as cakes and muffins. It also adds creaminess to soups and sauces. 

Buttermilk powder is usually found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores, but I’ve also linked to it here through Amazon.

Close Up View of Various Spices in Glass Bowls for Homemade Ranch Seasoning

Using Homemade Ranch Seasoning

You can use homemade ranch seasoning anywhere you would use the store-bought version. Three tablespoons of homemade seasoning equal roughly one packet of store-bought ranch mix. 

Keep your homemade seasoning in an airtight container. Since this ranch seasoning recipe utilizes powdered buttermilk, it is best to keep the mixture refrigerated. 

Now – full disclaimer – I did not realize that buttermilk powder needed to be refrigerated once opened for pretty many years. And during that time, I kept this mixture (and the remaining buttermilk powder) stored at room temperature in a kitchen cabinet without experiencing any adverse effects. So…yeah…uhhhhh…learn something new every day! 

Even so, now that I know the truth, I keep anything with buttermilk powder refrigerated. Better to be safe than sorry! 

Stored properly, your mix will keep for about 6 months.

If you like this homemade ranch seasoning recipe, be sure to check out these other featured homemade goodies for the kitchen!

GLASS JAR OF HOMEMADE RANCH SEASONING WITH GOLD SPOON. HOMEMADE RANCH SEASONING SPRINKLED AROUND

Great Ways to Use Homemade Ranch Seasoning

I love how versatile ranch seasoning is. And since it is super easy to throw together, I find myself using it in all sorts of ways! Check out some of my favorite ways to use this homemade spice blend:

  • Sprinkle on popcorn – Yup, homemade ranch seasoning adds incredible flavor to popcorn without the need for a gallon of butter. Ranch seasoned popcorn is a tasty snack you can feel good about eating!  
  • Season roasted veggies – This ranch spice blend takes roasted potatoes to another level. It’s also delicious with carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli and even Brussel sprouts. 
  • Mix it in mashed potatoes – Homemade ranch seasoning makes some seriously delicious mashed potatoes. Elevate leftover mashed potatoes by mixing in ranch seasoning for potato pancakes.
  • Season meat – Homemade ranch seasoning adds incredible flavor to this Stovetop Turkey Meatloaf. You can even use it to spice up burgers, taco meat, pork chops and chicken. 
  • Season homemade croutons – Ranch seasoning adds zest to homemade croutons.
  • Add to roasted nuts and party mixes – Who doesn’t love homemade goodies? Especially around the holidays! Add ranch seasoning mix to nuts, crackers or party mix of choice before baking for some flavorful treats to share. 
  • Add to flour dredge – Pack breaded items with tons of flavor by adding some homemade ranch seasoning mix to your flour dredge. Perfect for chicken tenders, onion rings, zucchini fries and even mozzarella sticks. 
  • Stir into a cheese ball and dips – Stir some of this homemade spice blend into your cheese ball mixture and prepare to be wowed! It would also be delicious in some homemade guacamole. 
  • Add to butter – Add some ranch seasoning to some softened butter for an easy and delicious spread. Bonus points for using the compound butter for making some zesty garlic bread!
OVERHEAD VIEW OF SPICES IN GLASS BOWL NEXT TO WHISK AND TEA TOWEL

Different Mix-Ins to Try with Homemade Ranch Seasoning

This ranch seasoning recipe is delicious all on its own. But it’s also a great base recipe for you to experiment with and personalize. To help get your creative juices flowing, check out some of these mix-ins:

  • Chili powder and cumin – These spices make a great addition when making tacos or fajitas. 

 

  • Parmesan cheese – Keep it cheesy by adding parmesan cheese to your mix. This version makes totally tasty roasted vegetables. It’s also yummy on popcorn. 

 

  • Red pepper flakes – If you’re looking for some heat, try adding some red pepper flakes. You can easily adjust for the heat level of your choice. 

 

  • Dried cilantro and lime zest – This combo is delicious on chicken and rice. Especially with some fresh cilantro and squeezes of lime juice for garnish. 

 

  • Any dried herbs – Mix and match different combinations of dried herbs. 

 

  • Adjust the ingredients for the base recipe – Don’t be afraid to experiment with the ingredients in the base recipe. Feel free to adjust the amounts of each spice to suit your taste. 
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Give the Gift of Flavor with this Homemade Spice Blend

I just love receiving homemade gifts. Almost as much as I love giving homemade gifts! 

Homemade spice blends such as this ranch seasoning mix make great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, teachers – pretty much everyone! It’s especially perfect for the holidays or housewarming gift baskets. 

This is such an easy and quick recipe to whip together, and you can easily double or triple it to accommodate more people. 

It’s also a cost-effective way to spread the love to a lot of people. 

To gift, just add some of your homemade ranch seasoning to a container or jar and personalize it with a label or bow. You could even share your favorite recipe using ranch seasoning for a heartfelt touch.

STRAIGHT ON VIEW OF HOMEMADE RANCH SEASONING IN GLASS CONTAINER WITH SPOON. GLASS BOWL OF RANCH SEASONING
OVERHEAD VIEW OF HOMEMADE RANCH SEASONING IN GLASS JAR WITH GOLD SPOON.

Homemade Ranch Seasoning

Homemade ranch seasoning is as easy as it is delicious. Use it to add flavor to veggies, chicken, popcorn and everything in between. Whip up your own batch in 5 minutes or less!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 52 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup buttermilk powder
  • 2 tbsps dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tbsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp dried mustard powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp fresh cracked pepper

Instructions
 

  • Mix all of the ingredients together.
  • Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.
  • Use anywhere you would use store-bought ranch seasoning!

Notes

Recipe makes about a scant cup of ranch seasoning altogether. 
It takes roughly 3 tablespoons of homemade ranch seasoning to equal 1 packet of store-bought seasoning. 
Homemade Ranch Dressing
Mix together 1/4 cup of ranch seasoning with 1 cup of mayo, 1/2 cup of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup buttermilk. 
Homemade Ranch Dip
Mix together 1/4 cup of ranch seasoning with 1 cup of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt. Thin with buttermilk until desired consistency is reached.
Keyword Homemade Ranch Seasoning, Spice Blend

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Gabrielle Shepherd
Gabrielle Shepherd
1 month ago

5 stars
I used to use my bottle of Hidden Valley powder on everything!! This looks AWESOME!!

Tianna
1 month ago

Sounds great, for some reason I have never thought of making my own might need to try it now

The Curious Dig
1 month ago

Wow, this looks amazing. I must give it a try.

Christine
1 month ago

I never heard of Buttermilk powder before. And I alway on the outlook for creating homemade gifts. I will use this recipe in the future. Thanks for sharing.

Courtney
1 month ago

I was just telling my daughter about this recipe, and we’re going to have to try it. She was allergic to ranch (of all things) as a toddler, but she grew out of it and now she eats it on everything!

Courtney
1 month ago

5 stars
Love homemade seasonings because I’m always out when I need them! Love this recipe!