Cooking-Spices for
Specific Food Groups

This guide include cooking-spices used most often and will assist you in matching foods with herbs and spices that best compliment their natural flavors.

It's always a good idea to first test spices you're not familiar with. Test with a 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon in the beginning and add more to taste.

Beans
Cumin, cayenne, chili, oregano, parsley, pepper, sage, thyme, salt, pepper, season salt.

Beef
Basil, bay, caraway, coriander, cumin, dill, marigold, marjoram, mint, sage, salt, pepper, season salt, savories, tarragon and thyme.

Breads & Cakes
Cinnamon, cumin, caraway, dill, marigold and marjoram, anise, fennel, and rosemary.

Duck and Goose
Dill, mint, onion powder, salt, pepper,, rosemary, sage, savories, tarragon.

Eggs
Chives, dill, anise, basil, chervil, coriander, cumin, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, salt, savories, tarragon or thyme.

Fish & Shellfish
(cooking-spices) Anise, basil, caraway, chives, coriander, dill, fennel, hyssop, lemon balm, marigold, marjoram, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, savories, tarragon; shellfish and fish, rosemary, and thyme.

Fruits
Allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger, mint.

Pork
Anise, basil, bergamot, chervil, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, lemon balm, mint, marjoram, rosemary, sage, savories, tarragon and thyme.

Lamb
Mint, basil, bay, caraway, coriander, cumin, dill, lemon balm, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, sage, savories or thyme.

Liver
Coriander, sage or tarragon.

Pies
(cooking -spices) Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Potatoes
Basil, celery seed, chives, coriander, dill, oregano, paprika, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme.

Poultry/Chicken - Cooking-spices
Basil, bay, caraway, coriander, cumin, dill, lemon balm, marigold, marjoram, mint, rosemary and tarragon.

Salads
Anise, basil, bergamot, borage, caraway, chervil, chickweed, chives, comfrey, coriander, cumin, dandelion, dill, elder, hyssop, lemon balm, marigold, mint, parsley, salad burnet, roses, sweet cicely, tarragon and thyme.

Soups -Cooking-spices
(cooking-spices) Anise, chickweed, caraway, Anise, chives, cumin, dill, fennel, lemon balm, marigold, marjoram, mint, salad burnet, savories, tarragon, thyme.

Turkey - Cooking-spices
Sage, poultry seasoning, turkey seasoning.

Vegetables- Cooking-spices
Black pepper, red pepper, season salt, basil, sage, thyme, cloves, garlic salt, garlic powder, chili powder, parsley, rosemary, sage, ginger.

Cassandra Harrell is a Soul Food Advisor and recently owned a soul food restaurant and catering service. She taught coached cooking classes on preparing great soul food cuisine.

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