Cooking with seasoning scares a lot of people. It’s not a complicated process, but a lot of times, lack of information causes people to shy away from things that they don’t know. Before you completely give up on cooking with seasoning and spices, take a minute to check out this cheat sheet guide that will get you on the right track with all your healthy meal plan needs.
For starters, you can’t be afraid to season things. Seasonings and spices are necessary to add flavor to a variety of foods. There are some seasonings that are necessary and there are some that are added for optional flavor, but regardless you need to know how and when to use seasonings.
Regional Cuisines and seasoning
The great thing about seasoning is that you can create unique combinations that are reflective of certain countries or regions. For example, you can find creole seasonings, Caribbean seasonings (including jerk rub), Mexican seasonings, Asian spices and seasonings, and so much more. Here’s a great cheat sheet that covers common spices from various regions and countries: Cheat Sheet to Flavor Profiles
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Other Important Notes
Less is generally more with seasonings and spices, but you also have to use your own taste to judge. Make sure that you add spices slowly so that you can taste as you go and don’t accidentally overdo it. You can always add more, but you can rarely take it out of or off of whatever you are cooking.
If a recipe calls for salt, use salt. If it requires herbs or fresh seasonings, use fresh ingredients. Seasonings and flavor profiles are integrated into food for a reason and when you modify important seasonings, you’re affecting the overall outcome and flavor development of the dish. Spices can take you to many places, as long as you take the time to learn what all they have to offer.
First published on January 9, 2020. Updated.