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5 from 2 votes

Turkish Spice Blend

A warm and earthy seasoning rich with cumin, pepper, paprika and Middle Eastern spices and sesame seeds. Perfect on roasted meats, as a dry rub and seasoning. This makes about 1 1/4 cups total.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Spice Blend
Cuisine: Turkish
Keyword: homemade spice blend, turkish dry rub, turkish spice blend
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 13kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 4 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp black and pink peppercorns each
  • 4 tsp oregano
  • 10 Turkish bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cilantro
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 4 tsp sumac
  • 3 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds


  • In a small sauté pan toast the cumin and peppercorns until the seeds start to pop, several minutes. Do not burn. Remove from pan and place in spice grinder with oregano, Turkish bay leaves and grind until powder.
  • Add the chopped cilantro to the sauté pan and gently toast and dry over low heat slightly until dried. Do not burn.
  • In a small bowl mix the ground spices with the kosher salt, paprika, sumac, cayenne pepper, sesame seeds and dried cilantro. Store in a airtight container.


Calories: 13kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 1081mg | Potassium: 51mg | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.1mg