Whip up a batch of homemade ranch seasoning in minutes, then keep it on hand to make ranch dressing, ranch dip, or use it as a spice rub for chicken or vegetables, mixed into mashed potatoes, or stirred into flour as a breading, and more. It also makes a great gift!
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – well, maybe not a thousand, but definitely A LOT – make your own seasoning blends. It’s really easy to do and so much better than buying them premixed. This way you don’t have all those preservatives or fillers, plus you can alter the different herbs and spices to get the flavor just right for your own tastes.
Along with my Italian seasoning and taco seasoning, Ranch seasoning is one I reach for frequently. I mostly use it to make my own Ranch dressing and dip, because my son likes to dunk all.the.things in it! See below for some other delicious ways to use it.
Dry Ranch Seasoning Recipe
Ingredients you’ll need:
- Buttermilk powder
- Dried parsley
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion flakes
- Dried chives
- Dried dill weed
(Scroll down to the detailed printable recipe card for exact measurements.)
What is Buttermilk Powder?
Buttermilk powder is – you guessed it – liquid low-fat buttermilk that’s dehydrated into powder form. It’s packaged in a reusable packet or tub, usually located in the baking aisle or near the powdered milk in most common grocery stores.
Buttermilk powder is most commonly used for pancakes and baked goods, but also produces the same texture, flavor, and creaminess as cultured buttermilk when used properly, and is an essential ingredient in ranch dressing mix.
Should powdered buttermilk be refrigerated? If sealed, buttermilk powder will last several years (!) in a cool, dry place. Storing it under wet or humid conditions will cause the powder to cake and also alter the taste. Some brands recommend refrigeration once opened, while others don’t – so read the label. I buy the SACO brand and find that it keeps well for about 2 months in the fridge (in powder form.)
How to make Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
All you need is 5 minutes and a few ingredients, and you’re done.
You simply place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine, or alternatively, place them all in a jar, fasten the lid and shake it all up. (If you want a finer texture, feel free to place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder and blitz a few times.)
What to do with Dry Ranch Seasoning
When you mention Ranch to someone, salad dressing is what immediately comes to mind, but with ranch seasoning mix, you can make so many different ranch-flavored foods. Here are just a few ideas:
- To replace 1 store-bought ranch dressing mix packet, use 2 tablespoons of this ranch seasoning mix in its place.
- Make ranch dressing or dip
- Use it as a rub for roast chicken
- Mix it into stovetop popcorn
- Sprinkle it over roasted carrots
- Stir it into mashed potatoes
- Use a dash to season smashed potatoes
- Add a little to flour as a breading for oven baked chicken
How to make Ranch Dressing: Combine 3 tablespoons of this ranch seasoning mix, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup sour cream, and 3/4 cup whole milk. Stir until well combined and refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving.
How to make Ranch Dip: Combine 2 tablespoons of this ranch seasoning mix with 1/4 cup mayonnaise and 3/4 cup sour cream. Add up to 1/2 cup whole milk to reach desired consistency. Stir well and refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving.
How to Store Homemade Ranch Seasoning (Dressing Mix)
Transfer the mixture to an airtight container. Because of the buttermilk powder, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator. It will keep up to 2 months.
Homemade Ranch Seasoning
- 1/2 cup dry buttermilk powder
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
- 2 teaspoons dried chives
- 1 3/4 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoons dried dill weed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients to combine. (Alternatively, you can place all the ingredients in a jar, fasten the lid and shake it all up.) If you want a finer texture, feel free to place all the ingredients in a coffee grinder and blitz a few times.
- Transfer the mixture to an airtight container.
- To replace 1 store-bought ranch dressing mix packet, use 2 tablespoons of this ranch seasoning mix in its place. (For several other uses, please refer to the full article.)
- Because of the buttermilk powder, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator. It will keep up to 2 months.