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Johnny's Seasoning Salt

Updated on February 11, 2015

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I spent a lot of my youth in Tacoma Washington, home of Johnny's Seasoning Salt. Johnny's was a big part of almost every meal at our house. My Dad put it on everything from steaks to popcorn and Mom used it a lot too. I remember eating over at friend's houses wondering why the same dishes didn't taste as good as they did at home. Even restaurants were occasionally a disappointment. As I got older and began to explore the kitchen I was taught about Johnny's and I have been coming up with ways to use it ever since.

However, I did hit a snag in my mid twenties. I, like most kids, assumed that what I knew everyone else knew. This fallacy was harshly disproved when I moved to California. One afternoon the supply of Johnny's I had moved with was running low so I went to the grocery store to stock up and couldn't find it anywhere. I found the store manager and asked when they would be getting a shipment in and he said he had never heard of Johnny's Seasoning Salt. "Are you kidding me?" I went to a few other stores that day and got the same results. I was pretty amazed but figured Dad and Mom could send some my way. For years, that's how I kept Johnny's around.

The Internet has made it easier in recent years. We order Johnny's in five pound containers and keep our friends supplied throughout the year. We now live in Tennessee where Johnny's is just as foreign as it was in California but we are starting to see our friends using it like we do.

As you can tell by now I really want you to try this great seasoning and I'm hoping to make it easy for you to order some no matter where you live. I'll share some recipes and stories below. Please give Johnny's a try to let me know what you think.

Johnny's Fine Foods

Here's where you can order some Johnny's Seasoning Salt. I recommend the No Added MSG seasoning salt for each of the recipes I will be sharing. Johnny's has a number of other great seasonings you can try as well.

Johnny's Seasoning Salt , NO MSG 42-Ounce Bottle (Pack of 3)
Johnny's Seasoning Salt , NO MSG 42-Ounce Bottle (Pack of 3)
When you read Johnny's Seasoning Salt anywhere on this page, this is what I am talking about. The flavor that this seasoning brings out in so many dishes is amazing.
Johnny's Seasoning Salt
Johnny's Seasoning Salt

Ribeye Steak

This is so good.

Here's how I prepare my favorite steak. You purists out there will have to forgive me for suggesting that you puncture a steak before cooking it but I've tried this both ways and it always comes out best when done as stated below. Folks rave about these steaks and my family rarely (no pun intended) orders steak when we eat out. I'll give approximate measurements though it all depends on how many steaks you prepare.


2 Boneless Ribeye Steaks

Johnny's Seasoning Salt

1/4-Cup Teriyaki Sauce

1/4-Cup Worcestershire Sauce

1-Gallon Ziploc Freezer Bag

Apply Johnny's Seasoning Salt liberally to the steaks then poke the seasoning into the steaks with a fork somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 times depending on the size. Flip Steaks over and repeat. Next place steaks in a 1-gallon seal-able plastic kitchen bag. Pour the Teriyaki sauce and Worcestershire sauce into the bag, remove excess air and seal the bag. Place the bag in the refrigerator for at least an hour, longer adds flavor though I wouldn't leave them overnight. If you flip the bag over occasionally the marinade will permeate the steaks more evenly.

Remove the steaks from the fridge one hour before cooking if you can and let them warm. Light the grill to get it up to temperature. I use a Webber Performer charcoal grill that I absolutely love. If you are using a gas grill you only need to light one side but make sure the lid is closed to heat up the entire area. If you are using charcoal have the coals to one side of the grill and leave the other side without. This will allow you to use what is called the Sear and Slide method of grilling steaks. Thank you Richard Beal.

When the is grill ready, sear the steaks over the coals or flames for about three to four minutes per side. You can do this with the lid down to give it a smokier taste. The idea is to get the entire steak to have a nice caramelized exterior not to get fancy grill marks. Once the ribeyes have been seared, move them over to the cooler side of the grill, put the lid back down and bring the center of the steaks up to the desired temperature. Rare or medium rare steaks have a better flavor but you can heat them on the cooler side of the grill to the preference of the individual. Remove the steaks from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes then serve.

Webber Performer Charcoal Grill

This is my dream grill.

Johnny's Seasoning Salt
Johnny's Seasoning Salt

Steamed Salmon Filet

This Recipe is Fantastic

This is a phenomenal way to enjoy salmon and no one will know how easy it was to prepare. The salmon is wrapped in foil and steamed in the oven.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees


1- Salmon Filet (we prefer no skin)

Johnny's Seasoning Salt

1/8-Cup Lemon Juice

1/8-Cup Teriyaki Sauce

1-Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar

1-Tbsp Onion Powder

1-Tbsp Garlic Powder

2-Tbsp Minced Onion (dried works)

1/4-Cup Thick Teriyaki Baste

1-Tbsp Dried Parsley Flakes

Aluminum Foil

Cookie Sheet

Start by cutting a piece of foil that is a little more than twice as long as your salmon filet. Place the foil on the cookie sheet. Then pat the filet dry and place it on the foil. Liberally apply Johnny's Seasoning Salt and poke into the salmon with a fork. Next pour the lemon juice over as much of the salmon as you can and then do the same with the teriyaki sauce followed by the rice wine vinegar. Now you can sprinkle the onion powder, garlic powder and minced onions on to the filet. I then like to drizzle the teriyaki baste in a back and forth S pattern about a 1/2 an inch apart over the salmon, it makes it look great and adds a sweet flavor to each piece you serve. The last ingredient is the parsley sprinkled on for color.

To get ready to steam the salmon, fold the additional foil over the top of the filet and then begin to seal the bottom piece of foil to the top piece by folding them into each other until there is a tight seal all around. Now you're ready to put it in the oven. Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

You can cut through the foil to get to the filet and then choose your portion sizes and plate it. The Salmon is so tender you can cut through it with a spatula. We like to serve it with wild rice, squash, dinner rolls and a green salad.

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Additional Ways We Enjoy Johnny's

We use Johnny's Seasoning Salt in more ways than we can list here but just to you give a taste of a few more:

Popcorn - I have a childhood friend who still thanks me whenever we cross paths for introducing him to Johnny's on popcorn.

Mashed Potatoes - Butter, Milk and Johnny's makes the best mashed potatoes.

Eggs - We put Johnny's on all types of eggs. Our favorite is scrambled eggs mixed in a blender with a little milk, cheddar cheese and Johnny's.

I hope you enjoyed this lens and that you will give this wonderful condiment a try soon.

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      7 years ago

      Sounds good to me! Thanks for sharing!

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      Lori Green 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas

      This is the first I am hearing about Johnny's seasoning. It sounds good. I usually use McCormic or Paul Newman. I would love to try this. I am not a good cook so I like mixed seasoning.

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      7 years ago

      I've not tried Johnny's seasoning salt but it sounds good

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      7 years ago

      I've not tried Johnny's Seasoning salt, but do like to try blended seasonings particularly for hamburgers and steak and sometimes chicken.

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      8 years ago

      Well seems like Johnny keeps you company a lot. I also like steak and popcorn.

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      Jim Sterling 

      8 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      @Rangoon House: You are more than welcome to order some Johnny's from this lens. I haven't lived in Tacoma for many years but I'm sure their arteries are clearer than many folks around our new home in the South.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      I must look for Johnnys on the internet. How are everybody's arteries in Tacoma?

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      8 years ago

      Sounds great. Thank-you /

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      InSearchOf LM 

      8 years ago

      Sounds delicious. Thank you for taking and squid liking my Squid Quiz on squids.

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      Vicki Green 

      8 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Since I live in the Pacific NW, if you look in my cupboard you will find a shaker of Johnny's Seasoning Salt!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      8 years ago

      Thank you for letting me know about this product. Nice that it has so many uses.


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