Roasted Cornish Game Hen with Homemade Seasoning Salt

Delicious roasted Cornish game hen rubbed with homemade seasoning salt – yum!

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I wanted to give you at least one recipe with last week’s homemade seasoning salt in action so here is a delicious (and very cute) Cornish game hen. The salt gives it a great, multi-layered flavor and the whole thing is very easy to make. Enjoy!


Roasted Cornish Game Hen with Homemade Seasoning Salt Recipe

serves 2


  • 2 cornish game hens
  • 5 large carrots, cut into 3-inch chunks
  • 6 small onions, peeled and quartered
  • a little bit of vegetable oil

For the seasoning salt:

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika*
  • 2 teaspoons dehydrated roasted garlic**
  • 2 teaspoons dehydrated toasted onion**
  • 1/2 teaspoon French thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram



  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grind all seasoning salt ingredients in a mortar with a pestle until you have a fine salt. Set aside.
  3. Rinse the Cornish game hens briefly with cold water and pat them dry with paper towels (make sure to get them [i]really [/i]dry otherwise the skin will not get crispy).
  4. Brush vegetable oil onto the birds and generously sprinkle them with the seasoning salt all over.
  5. Place the hens and the vegetables into one large or two small cast iron pans. Drizzle a little bit of oil and seasoning salt over the vegetables.
  6. Put the pans in the oven and roast until the thickest part of the thigh meat registers 165 degrees F. (About one hour).



*I used Penzey’s Hungarian style half-sharp paprika.

**You can find these items at a spice shop.



  1. Pang says:

    This is such a stunning photo, Nicole. I absolutely love the light, and that hen looks so yummy looking as a result. Wonderful!!!!

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