20 Spice Blends That Will Change the Way You Cook
Give your go-to recipes new life with spice blends. Dive into these unique seasonings and find endless ways to use them in your kitchen.
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Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Looking for a vacation from your go-to sheet pan dinner? Sprinkle some jerk seasoning and a little lime juice over your ingredients. This spice blend combines onion, garlic, allspice, green onion, cayenne, nutmeg, cinnamon, and more to give you a taste of the Caribbean. Jerk tastes great on chicken and pork, but it also works with potatoes and veggies, too. With all the spices on this list, keep in mind how long spices really last.
Greek Table Seasoning
If you’re a fan of Mediterranean flavors, snag this Greek Table blend from Spice Tree Organics. This mix of paprika, oregano, cumin, onion, rosemary, marjoram, and thyme is the perfect blend for Greek dishes. Use it to season kabobs or gyros. Sprinkle it into salads or over veggies. It’s an easy way to inject Greek flavor into any recipe. Try with some of these refreshing salad recipes.
Chinese Five Spice
You may have heard of Chinese five spice before—a blend of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, pepper, and fennel seeds. The past few years, it’s gained popularity in the States. You’ll often see it used in savory dishes—Chinese and otherwise. However, due to the cloves, cinnamon, and star anise, this spice blend also can add an unexpected kick to sweet treats. Try this spice out when you use this secret technique for a tender, juicy stir fry chicken.
Bridgeport Potato Seasoning
Can’t get enough of baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, potato pancakes, twice-baked potatoes… OK, you get the idea! If spuds are one of your favorites, snag a jar of The Spice House’s Bridgeport Potato Seasoning. The mix of salt, onion, red pepper, rosemary, cayenne, thyme, basil, and Tellicherry pepper works particularly well with potatoes.
Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to just starches. Bridgeport is a good companion for vegetables, fish, and breading. You can get a lot of use out of this one during fish fry season. Learn the mistakes you might be making with sweet potatoes.
If roasted chicken, chicken soup, and stuffing are regular makes in your kitchen, you’ll want to have a jar of poultry seasoning on hand. This popular spice blend contains sage, celery seed, marjoram, coriander, and black pepper—spices that you commonly associate with warm, fuzzy feelings. While you’ll typically want to reach for poultry seasoning whenever you make chicken or turkey dishes, these flavors also work with pork and lamb. If you’re using it with chicken, remember, this is why you should never wash chicken before you cook it.
Frozen Pizza Seasoning
As much as well all love to cook from scratch, some nights it’s just not in the cards. Next time you go to pop a frozen pizza in the oven, sprinkle on some of Penzey’s frozen pizza seasoning first. This blend of Italian herbs really does make even the most basic frozen pizza taste better. And you can think outside the pizza box too. This seasoning blend goes great on garlic bread, pasta, and other Italian dishes. Learn the only way you should be reheating leftover pizza.
The easiest way to create a delicious curry is to start with a great curry powder. Comfort Curry from Curio Spice Co. starts with a base of turmeric and layers on the flavor with coriander, cumin, ginger, white pepper, cardamom, fennel, and plenty more. It’s not too spicy, which makes it a great intro into this blend. Heat lovers, add some cayenne to amp up the spice. Use this blend in curries (of course), egg salad, dips, and other Indian-inspired dishes. Here are some more Indian spices you can use in everyday dishes.
Mexican Chile Lime Seasoning
Sweet and spicy is a great combination, like in this Mexican Chile Lime blend from The Spice House. This seasoning mix contains chiles, cayenne, paprika, lime juice powder, salt, and sugar. The duality of this blend makes it versatile. Use it in many Mexican dishes, add it to your favorite street corn recipe or even sprinkle some on fruit for an unexpected (but delicious) combo. Try it with one of these easy Mexican appetizer recipes.
A blend of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion, and more, this everything bagel-style seasoning can do so much more than top your morning bagel. There are lots of ways to use everything seasoning, but some of our favorites are sprinkled in eggs, over roasted veggies, or in a savory snack mix. Get creative with these 22 great ways to use everything seasoning.
One taste of this adobo spice blend and you’ll find every excuse to use it. This versatile mix of onion, garlic, cumin, black pepper, oregano, and cayenne is just what your favorite Mexican and Latin American recipes need. You can also use this spice blend as a rub on pork, beef, and chicken—it does so well with savories like this. You can also use it to give life to basic veggie sides and grains, too.
Lake Shore Drive Shallot and Herb Seasoning
This mix of shallots, green peppercorns, chives, garlic, onion, and salt from The Spice House is a people-pleasing but distinctive blend. It gives dishes that little extra something that leaves friends and family wanting a second helping.
Use Lake Shore Drive to season your favorite veggies—whether sauteed, grilled, or roasted. You can even make a quick veggie dip by stirring it into sour cream. This mix really shines when paired with fish and seafood, so add it to your next tuna salad or fish dinner. Just be sure to avoid these 9 ways you’ve been cooking fish wrong when you do.
Herbes de Provence
Fans of French cooking might be familiar with this spice blend. Herbes de Provence brings the best flavors of the South of France together: basil, tarragon, thyme, rosemary, fennel, chervil, and just a hint of lavender (don’t worry—it’s not too strong!).
Since this spice blend is so verdant and fresh, it a natural match for vegetables (ratatouille, anyone?), salads, and vinaigrettes. You can use it in heartier dishes, too. Try it with roasted chicken.
Watkins Organic Steak Seasoning
Need a great go-to rub for your steaks? Pepper, dill, coriander, garlic, mustard, red pepper, and salt come together in Watkins take on steak seasoning. This blend is a great blend of savory flavors—plus the salt and pepper built-in mean this is a one-step seasoning. You can also use this spice blend to season burgers or even prime rib. This one is especially important seeing as “not using seasoning” is number 1 on the list of mistakes everyone makes when cooking steak.
Want to add a little heat to your cooking? Sprinkle in a touch of berbere, a North African spice blend of cayenne, paprika, urfa chile, coriander, cardamom, ginger, and fenugreek. This mix of spices adds heat but also some complexity.
Sub it in recipes that call for a pinch of cayenne or red pepper flakes. A dash over sauteed veggies is a great way to start with this spice. You can also use it to season meats, poultry, and grains.
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
Frozen French fries just wouldn’t taste as good without a sprinkling of Lawry’s. Sprinkle a bit of this salty blend of paprika, turmeric, onion, and garlic on just about anything for a little extra flavor. But before you pull that jar of Lawry’s out of the back of your cupboard, keep in mind how long every condiment actually lasts for.
Oregano fans, take notice of this blend of herbs and spices. Za’atar is a type of oregano blended with sesame seeds, sumac, and a hint of salt, and it makes for a great all-purpose seasoning. Anytime you want to use oregano, reach for this mix. You can also use za’atar to liven up veggies, salads, kabobs, meatballs, and other Mediterranean favorites.
Oktoberfest Bavarian Rub
During the cold months, you’ll find yourself craving a spice blend that works well with hearty, cozy dishes. This Oktoberfest Bavarian blend is exactly what you need: mustard, rosemary, garlic, sage, thyme, and bay leaves. Of course, it works well with German recipes, but this mix of seasonings is a great complement to any pork dish, chicken, soups, and stews. While you’re reading the packaging on this one, we’ll let you in on a secret: here’s why Oktoberfest starts in September.
If you’re from Maryland (or are just a fan of seafood), chances are you know Old Bay, a mix of celery salt, pepper, and paprika. This seasoning blend is commonly found sprinkled over crab, fresh corn, and even oysters, but it can be used in so many ways. Use Old Bay to make crispy kale chips, crab cakes, or even a side of cauliflower.
Veggie Lovers Seasonings
If you enjoy a plant-based diet (or are just trying to incorporate a few more Meatless Mondays into your cooking routine), having a selection of veggie-ready seasoning blends is a good idea. This set of three from Gustus Vitae is a good place to start.
The Green Goddess salt is packed with flavor (chives, basil, dill, chervil, tarragon, lemon, garlic, and more), which makes it a great addition to salad dressings and veggie dips. Use the Veggie Burger Seasoning on anything you grill—the pepper, onion, and garlic inside is a great base. And when you’re whipping up breakfast, reach for the Everything But the Avocado Toast seasoning (that’s salt, pepper, parsley, pepper flakes, cayenne, basil, and toasted sesame seeds) to sprinkle on your avocado toast or eggs.
Paella Spice Blend
Let’s face it: Saffron is expensive. It can seem silly to shell out the big bucks for a small vial of the stuff. If you love that flavor in your paella, though, you can get the same effect with a great paella spice blend. This mix from Rumi Spice includes saffron, of course, as well as black pepper, paprika, rosemary, thyme, and oregano. It’s a must for this Spanish rice dish, but it also works in other Mediterranean recipes as well as on chicken and seafood. In case you’re curious, here’s why saffron is the most expensive spice in the world.