Homemade Garlic Bread Seasoning

Once upon a time, I fell in love with Johnny’s Garlic Bread Seasoning. And then I moved to Louisiana and could not find it anywhere, so I tinkered around until I made a suitable substitution (if you’re a Johnny’s purist and are desperate, you can get it here). This homemade garlic bread seasoning has gone on to become one of my most favorite, versatile recipes!

You’ll need some powdered parmesan cheese (like the stuff in the green can), garlic powder, kosher salt, marjoram, basil, oregano, and parsley.

garlic bread seasoning ingredients

Combine ingredients in a jar
garlic bread seasoning in jar
(if you have one with a sprinkle top, it makes sprinkling on breadsticks easy!) and shake. Well, don’t shake until you’ve put the lid on, but I assume most of you are smart enough to figure that out! 🙂
garlic bread seasoning from our best bites
Sprinkle on top of the aforementioned breadsticks
breadsticks from our best bites
or combine 1 1/2 tablespoons of this seasoning with 1/2 cup of softened real butter and spread on a loaf of French bread that has been cut in 1/2 lengthwise. Wrap in foil and bake at 375 until the butter is melted. If you want, you could also pop it open-faced under the broiler for a few minutes so it gets brownish and crispy.
Store the seasoning in an airtight container in the refrigerator until the expiration on the cheese.
garlic bread seasoning from our best bites

garlic bread seasoning from our best bites

Homemade Garlic Bread Seasoning

5 from 6 votes
This Homemade Garlic Bread Seasoning is so easy that you'll always keep a jar in your fridge for homemade garlic bread, breadsticks, or pizza sauce!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings3 /4 cup of seasoning blend


  • 1/2 cup powdered Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • 2 teaspoons marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons parsley


  • Combine ingredients in a jar (preferably one with a sprinkle top) and shake. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until the expiration date on the cheese.


  • Sprinkle on top of breadsticks
  • Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons seasoning with 1/2 cup of softened real butter and spread on a loaf of French bread (cut in 1/2 lengthwise). Wrap in foil and bake at 375 until butter is melted. If you want, you could also pop it open-faced under the broiler for a few minutes so it gets brownish and crispy.
  • Use it in our pizza sauce
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic bread, seasoning mix, spice blend
Author: Our Best Bites
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Questions & Reviews

  1. I also live in a Costco-deprived zone, so I was looking online to buy it and came across your recipe. Can I tell you how excited I am? This makes the best Ceaser dressing ever! THANKS!

  2. Besides mashed potatoes and pasta, I use it on shrimp and make tacos with it…My husband loooooves it!

  3. Ohhhhhhh thank you for this…I am in the last couple of TBS of the Johnny’s seasoning and I totally agree on the shipping—Ridiculous!!

    Have a great day 🙂

  4. Increased cheese to 1 cup, added 1 cup mozzerella, 1 stick butter, 1/4 cup mayo and mixed in food procesor until smooth. Slathered pasted on bread and broiled—Amazing cheesey crusted bread.

  5. Made this for the first time last week, and mixed it with some butter to slather on Texas Toast – it was SO good, even my super-finicky husband was impressed! No more store-bought pre-made (always disappointing) garlic bread for us!!

  6. Oh my gracious!!!!!! Stop the presses!!!! You have outdone yourselves!!!! I’ve had Johnny’s before at my parents house, but I can’t find it here and we don’t have Costco. But ladies… this beats the pants off Johnny’s!!! It is perfection! THANK YOU!!!!

    I love the ideas about pizza, broccoli, and pasta. Ooooo what about on sauteed shrimp???? YUM!!! I know Emeril has his “essence” but I think this mixture is going to be MY essence!

  7. This is great seasoning! I have made multiple batches over the past few months and have tweaked it to perfectly suit our tastes. It’s such a clever idea. I use it on breadsticks, pizza, have sprinkled it on pasta with butter for a super lazy dinner when I’m too tired to make anything else, and once in a while even for garlic bread. I’ll bet it would be good sprinkled on other things too like broccoli. I love this seasoning and that it keeps in the fridge for months!

  8. Does it matter if the oregano is ground or leaves? Same for the marjoram . . .
    I'm making your breadsticks tonight and I can't wait!

  9. Sadia- yes, that works great. And it will keep longer if you store it in the fridge.

  10. geegarland- if you're in a major pinch, just leave it out 🙂 But next time you're at the store grab some because it really adds the magical flavor here!

  11. Any suggestions for what I can substitute for the marjoram? I don't have any and don't have to time to get to a store!

  12. Meridee–It's just that powdery, white Parmesan cheese in the green can, probably the stuff you put on spaghetti as a kid. 🙂 It seems like it's at different places in different stores, but I've seen it everywhere from the cheese section to the Italian aisle. I'd ask someone at the store if you're having trouble finding it, but I'm sure they have it. Good luck!! 🙂

  13. Thanks for the recipe! It's so yummy- I am completely addicted! I can't wait to try it as the secret ingredient in pizza sauce.

  14. I've tried making stuff like this before, but it's never tasted this good. I realized after making this that it was marjoram I was missing! It's like the "secret" flavor or something. I've been putting this on everything lately- we especially love it on top of pizza.

  15. I love this seasoning and not just on bread. The other day I was cooking salmon. As I was popping the salmon into foil, I decided it needed more than just oil and put this seasoning on top. The salmon was lovely, nice garlicy taste and didn't overpower the salmon.

  16. I just made this tonight and I messed up the breadstick dough (totally my fault…turned the oven on to warm it up for a second before putting the dough in for the second rise and I forgot I turned it on! Argh!), but this seasoning was DELICIOUS! Loved it!

  17. You know, I probably *should*, but I never have. I probably will next time I make it, though. Just be sure to keep it in an airtight container so no moisture gets inside…

  18. Now that I have moved back to Utah, I specifically looked up your breadstick recipe so I could find the brand name of the garlic bread seasoning that I have to go purchase (Johnny’s, here I come). I’m sorry you don’t have a Costco Kate. Do you at least have a Sam’s Club???