Prairie Dust Recipe – Hungarian Chef

Last Updated on September 15, 2023

Prairie Dust is a flavorful blend of spices used to enhance dishes and add an extra kick of flavor. It’s made with paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, and onion powder – all ingredients that are likely already in your pantry.

At its core, Prairie Dust is about bringing out the natural sweetness of the ingredients and rounding out all of the flavors with salt. But it’s also about having fun and playing around with different measurements to get just the right combination for your palate.

The great thing about Prairie Dust is that it can be used on just about any dish. It adds a zesty flavor that will take your dish to the next level.

Prairie Dust Recipe

How did I first get introduced to the Prairie Dust?

I first got introduced to Prairie Dust when I had dinner with a friend. She served us a delicious meal of grilled steak and potatoes that had been liberally sprinkled with the zesty dust. The flavors were incredibly balanced and the combination was unlike anything I had ever tasted before.

After my first bite, I couldn’t help but ask her what she had put on the food. She told me it was Prairie Dust and I immediately knew that I wanted to learn how to make my own so I could recreate this amazing flavor for myself.

I soon found out that making Prairie Dust is incredibly easy and only requires a few ingredients. All you have to do is mix all of the spices together in a bowl and you’re done. It was such a relief to find out that I didn’t need any fancy ingredients or complicated techniques in order to make the dust at home.

Since then, I’ve been spreading the word about Prairie Dust and how easy it is to make. Everyone I know has been so impressed with its complexity of flavor and how it can easily elevate any dish. I’ve even hosted a few dinner parties where Prairie Dust has been the star of the show and everyone left completely satisfied.

I’m so happy that I decided to try out Prairie Dust and learned how to make it at home. Its unique flavor is something that I’ll continue to enjoy for years to come.

How to make Prairie Dust?

Making Prairie Dust is incredibly easy and only requires a few ingredients. Just follow the step-by-step instructions below and you’ll have your own batch of flavorful, zesty Prairie Dust in no time.

Prairie Dust Recipe

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  • Paprika: This spicy, smoky spice adds a deep and savory flavor to the prairie dust.
  • Garlic Powder: This pungent powder is an essential part of adding flavor to the dish.
  • Ground Black Pepper: Adding the right amount of heat, black pepper brings out the spiciness of the dust.
  • Salt: Salt helps round out all flavors and brings out the natural sweetness of the ingredients.
  • Cayenne Pepper: This fiery pepper adds a kick of heat that is balanced by paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  • Onion Powder: Adding subtle sweetness to the mix, onion powder helps tie together all other flavors.

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1

Gather the Ingredients

  • Gather all your ingredients together and measure out the correct amounts.
  • To get the best result, make sure that you are precise when measuring out each ingredient.

Step 2

Mix the Ingredients Together

  • In a medium bowl, mix together all of your spices until combined.
  • Make sure to distribute all of the flavors for an even coating.

Step 3

Sprinkle the Prairie Dust on Your Dish

  • Sprinkle your premade prairie dust onto your desired dish.
  • Depending on the flavor you want, you can adjust the amount of each ingredient to get your desired outcome.


  • Start off with small amounts of each ingredient and add more as desired.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different combinations and amounts of each spice.
  • When adding the cayenne pepper, start off slow – you can always add more later if needed.
  • Always taste as you go to make sure your Prairie Dust is just right.
Prairie Dust Recipe
Prairie Dust Recipe

Prairie Dust Recipe

Prairie Dust is an incredibly flavorful and unique seasoning blend that can bring any dish to life. It’s spicy, smoky, savory, and sweet all in one. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this zesty dust at home to add the perfect finishing touch to whatever you may be cooking up.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Blend
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Prairie Dust Recipe
Servings: 18 people
Calories: 58kcal
Author: Rebecca Novak


  • Bowl


  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 6 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder


  • Gather all ingredients and accurately measure out the quantities specified.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all seasonings until evenly mixed.
  • Sprinkle your Prairie Dust over the dish that you intend to enjoy it with, adjusting the amount of each ingredient to get your desired flavor profile.



  • Start off with small amounts of each ingredient and add more as desired.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different combinations and amounts of each spice.
  • When adding the cayenne pepper, start off slow – you can always add more later if needed.
  • Always taste as you go to make sure your Prairie Dust is just right.


Calories: 58kcal
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What to serve with Prairie Dust?

Here are a few of my favorite things to serve with Prairie Dust:

  • Grilled steak, chicken, or fish.
  • Roasted potatoes or root vegetables.
  • Sauteed vegetables such as mushrooms or bell peppers.
  • Fried eggs for breakfast.
  • Popcorn for a delicious snack.
  • Fresh avocado slices topped with Prairie Dust.
  • Mix it with mayonnaise or plain yogurt for a delicious dip.

How to store leftover Prairie Dust?

If you have any leftover Prairie Dust, it can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Make sure to store the container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

When ready to use again, just sprinkle some on your desired dish and enjoy! It’s always great to have a batch of Prairie Dust on hand for a quick and simple flavor boost.


Can pregnant women eat this?

Yes, Prairie Dust is safe to eat for pregnant women. Just make sure that all ingredients are fresh and of good quality before using them.

What other spices can I add to make a unique flavor?

You can try adding different herbs and spices such as oregano, thyme, turmeric, or cumin. Also feel free to experiment with other ingredients like sugar, chili flakes, or ground mustard.

Does Prairie Dust have any health benefits?

Prairie Dust is a great way to spice up your dishes with a combination of flavorful spices that are naturally packed with health benefits. The paprika is rich in antioxidants, garlic powder supports a healthy immune system, and cayenne pepper helps reduce inflammation.

Can Prairie Dust be used on sweet dishes?

Yes! Prairie Dust works great on both savory and sweet dishes. Try sprinkling it on roasted fruits, pancakes, waffles, or ice cream for a delicious and unique flavor.

Wrapping Up

I hope you enjoyed this article & learned all you wanted to know about Prairie Dust! Making your own version of this zesty, flavorful seasoning is easy and rewarding. It’s the perfect way to add a unique twist to your favorite dishes.

Thank you for reading this article, please share this with anyone who enjoys cooking and experimenting with different flavors.

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Rebecca Novak, Registered Dietitian & Chef

Rebecca Novak is a trained chef with over 10 years of experience in the food industry. She has worked in both fine dining and casual Hungarian restaurants and specializes in creating dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. She also loves exploring different cuisines worldwide, which allows her to bring unique flavors and ideas to the recipes she creates for Read more

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