Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Seasoning

Elevate your dishes with this deliciously tangy and herbaceous Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Seasoning. Crafted with simple ingredients, this seasoning is the secret weapon to making your meals irresistible.

spoonful of ranch seasoning from a glass jar

Ranch seasoning can be sprinkled on everything from fries and popcorn to being the star ingredient in dips and dressings. This homemade version not only gives you the liberty to adjust the taste based on your preferences but also ensures you’re using all-natural ingredients, free from the preservatives often found in store-bought packets. The versatility of this seasoning means that whether you’re having a BBQ, making a salad, or preparing a snack, this delightful mix will soon become your go-to ingredient.

Chef’s Tips

  1. When turning the seasoning into a dressing or dip, experiment with bases like sour cream, mayo, or Greek yogurt. Typically, 1-2 tablespoons of the seasoning works for every cup of your chosen base.
  2. Tarragon is potent. Adjust to your palate.
  3. Feel empowered to personalize this recipe. Taste and tweak until it’s perfect for you!
buttermilk, chives, parsley, garlic and onion powders, pepper, paprika, salt, sugar, and taragon on a plate


  • Dried Chives (2 tablespoons): The mild, onion-like taste brings depth without overpowering.
  • Dried Parsley (2 tablespoons): A quintessential herb that offers a touch of freshness.
  • Dried Dill (3 teaspoons): Gives that iconic hint of tanginess associated with ranch.
  • Garlic Powder (2 tablespoons): For a savory and aromatic punch.
  • Onion Powder (2 tablespoons): Boosts the savory notes of the seasoning.
  • Sea Salt (2 teaspoons): Balances out the herby flavors and enhances the overall taste.
  • Ground Black Pepper (½ teaspoon): Adds a subtle spicy kick.
  • Paprika (optional, ¼ teaspoon): Introduces a sweet-smoky hint.
  • Dried Tarragon (optional, ½ teaspoon): Its strong, slightly sweet flavor can give the mix an exotic touch.
  • Buttermilk Powder (2/3 cup): Imparts the classic tangy undertone of ranch.
  • Sugar (1 teaspoon): Just a touch for balancing the tang and savory components.
close up view of a spoon scooping into ranch seasoning


  1. Preparation: Always start with fresh ingredients for a vibrant flavor profile.
  2. Mixing: Combine all the dried herbs, spices, and buttermilk powder in a large bowl, whisking well.
  3. Finer Consistency: If you prefer a smoother texture, briefly process the mix in a spice grinder or food processor.
  4. Storage: Transfer to an airtight container, keeping it in a cool, dry spot.


  • Spicy Ranch: Add 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or chili flakes for a spicy twist.
  • Cheesy Ranch: Mix in 2 tablespoons of powdered parmesan for a cheesy flavor profile.
airtight jar of ranch seasoning


The seasoning stays optimal when stored in a cool, dry place, preferably in an airtight container. For peak flavor, use within 3-4 months, though it can last up to 6 months.

ranch seasoning close up view in a glass jar

This Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Seasoning isn’t just about the delectable tang and herbaceous punch; it’s about the endless possibilities it offers for enhancing any meal. From sprinkles on your late-night snacks to enriching your gourmet dishes, this versatile seasoning will undoubtedly earn a permanent spot in your spice cabinet. Happy cooking!

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Seasoning

Sea Salt Savorings
Elevate your dishes with this deliciously tangy and herbaceous Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Seasoning.
5 from 64 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 48 teaspoons
Calories 9 kcal


  • 2/3 cup Buttermilk Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Chives
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 3 teaspoons Dried Dill
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Paprika optional
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Tarragon optional
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar


  • In a large bowl, combine all dried herbs, spices, and buttermilk powder. Whisk well.
  • For a finer consistency, briefly process in a spice grinder or food processor.
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry spot.


Yield is about 1 cup (8 ounce).


Calories: 9kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 106mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutrition values are estimates, for exact values consult a nutritionist.

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