Onion and Garlic Pepper


Some time ago a friend gave me a bottle of Watkins Onion & Garlic Pepper.  I loved it!  Onion, garlic, and pepper are great seasonings for so many foods.

I found myself shaking it on meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, potatoes, rice, eggs, and various combinations of foods.  Then my bottle ran out.  I called my friend and bought another bottle from her.  That one ran out even faster.  When I called her to get another, she informed me that Watkins was no longer making it, but she still had a few bottles on hand and sold me another one.

That’s when the light bulb went on.  I was happy to pay $5 for a bottle of this seasoning because I loved it so much, but it only has three ingredients: onion, garlic, and black pepper.  Surely I can make that myself, I thought.  And I was right.

I started with very small amounts and combined the ingredients in different proportions until it tasted like the Watkins version.  But one of the great things about making it yourself is that you can change the proportions to  suit your taste.

Give it a try, and let me know if you love it as much as I do.

Onion and Garlic Pepper
  • 1 part ground black pepper
  • 1 part onion powder
  • 1½ parts garlic powder
  • Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Place in a small glass bottle with a shaker lid, such as an old spice bottle.
  3. Sprinkle on cooked and uncooked food as desired.
I suggest using one tablespoon as your 1 part measurement.


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  1. Sherron says

    I didn’t read that right and I thought that you suggested to use an Old Spice jar for the garlic pepper. My first thought was how gross the perfume would make the garlic pepper taste, and then my senses kicked in and I realised that it you meant an old, used spice jar!
    Let’s hope that this is not an indicator of how the rest of my day goes!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe. Why not make it yourself? You are briliant!

  2. says

    LOVE this, Linda! I’ll be making some right away and I’m sure using it on everything, too. :-) As they say, necessity is the mother on invention! 😉 Thanks for figuring out the proportions for us! I think even a sprinkle of this seasoning on hubby’s sandwiches would be awesome. He always loves my mom’s sandwiches because she adds black pepper and he loves onion in any form.


    • cas says

      Its me gain! I have taken it one stage further I add one tablespoon of curry powder
      to the blend and it was great on fish.

  3. Terri says

    Love the idea but I have not found a good onion powder without MSG which gives me bad headaches. With all spices non-organic, we have to watch for that. I will look at the co-op and try to make this spice marsala tho.

  4. Nancy says

    I was so happy when I found the recipe for this, as I had always bought it from Watkins and I believe they quit carrying it. I use it everyday on all sorts of dishes! Love it and thanks!

  5. caston webber says

    Dear Sir/Madam
    Could you give me the nutritional facts of your recipe

    CGW Webber
    United Kingdom.

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