Copycat Goya Sazon con Asafran (with Saffron)

**If you prefer to skip and watch my tutorial video, it gives you step by step instructions. Or you can scroll down for the recipe.**

I use Goya seasonings in just about every one of my Cuban recipes. It’s been a staple of Latin, South American, Hispanic, and Caribbean cooking for decades and it’s products have always been a staple of my pantry and my family’s pantry.

Ever since I started my blog and began sharing my recipes, I have been asked by a few followers if I had a recipe for homemade Goya seasonings. Usually it’s because they don’t want the additives or the MSG , but sometimes it’s because it can be hard to find depending on where you live, especially outside of South, Central, and North America. I have a spice mix substitute on my Black Beans recipe and I usually just tell them to head on over there and check it out. However, I never had the time to actually work on recreating a true copycat recipe…until now.

There is no doubt that due to the events in the news, lots of people are looking for a substitute for Goya products. It breaks my heart that a large majority of my fellow Latino and Latina brother’s and sisters, feel like they have been let down by a product that they so loved and made their meals feel like home. I know how important cooking traditional family dishes are and it’s the sole purpose of why I started my blog and my YouTube channel. So, I decided to take this time and share my recipes for the 3 most widely used seasonings by Goya: Goya Adobo, Goya Sazonador Total, and Goya Sazon con Asafran.

So whether you are boycotting Goya or just want a homemade option for your health, here are my recipes that will not only replace these Goya seasoning, but I bet you won’t even know the difference! How do I know that? Well, it started with me researching and analyzing the ingredient list on the back of the bottles. Thankfully Goya is very specific about what herbs and seasons they use.

Then I analyzed things like, grain size, look, and smell of each season blend. Then came the taste tests.

I subjected my family to a full battery of taste testing. My poor family were blind testing samples straight out of jars and on endless pieces of chicken, all while I kept asking over and over…which do you like better A or B? Do they taste the same? Why? Which do you think is the Goya brand and which is mine?

Finally, I came up with 3 recipes that I think are indistinguishable from the real thing!

Below is the recipe for Copycat Goya Adobe. Click on the links here for the recipe for:

Goya Adobo or Goya Sazonador Total

Copycat Goya Sazon con Asafran Seasoning

by Lana Horruitiner Perez

  • 2 Tbl Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbl Dehydrated Garlic
  • 2 1/2 Tbl Salt
  • 1/4 tsp MSG (optional)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 1/2 Tbl Bijol

Equipment (optional):

Krups Coffee/Spice Grinder

In a bowl, add 2 Tbl Garlic Powder, 1 Tbl Dehydrated Garlic, 2 1/2 Tbl Salt, 1/4 tsp MSG, 1 tsp Turmeric, and 1 1/2 Tbl Bijol.

Mix well.

Add into a coffee/spice grinder in batches and pulse 6 – 8 times until the Dehydrated Garlic is as fine as the smaller particles.

Store in a jar or spice shaker.

Buen Provecho!

My homemade seasoning on the left, and the Goya brand on the right.

Copycat Sazon con Asafran (Sazon w/ Saffron)

  • 2 Tbl Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbl Dehydrated Garlic
  • 2 1/2 Tbl salt
  • 1/4 tsp MSG
  • 1 tsp Tumeric
  • 1 1/2 Tbl Bijol
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a small bowl.

  2. Mix well.

  3. Place 1/2 of the seasoning into a coffee/spice grinder and pulse about 7-10 times until ground into a fine powder.

  4. Pour into a jar or spice shaker and continue with the rest of the seasoning blend.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Deb says:

    Thanks for the recipe, but your political grandstanding is unnecessary.


    1. drlanaperez says:

      It's not unnecessary in my opinion and since it's my blog….


  2. Ginny says:

    Can you tell me what this spice taste like? And is it used on fried chicken? Thanx for your response


    1. drlanaperez says:

      Hi. Write that's a hard question. It's garlic and onion based spice. No heat at all.


    2. drlanaperez says:

      Also I don't use the one with Asafran for fried chicken because it will give a yellow color. But you can you the plain one. Actually I have a air fryer chicken recipe abd I use Adobo which is very similar.


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