How to Season

Learn how seasoning with salt, herbs, and spices can amp up the flavor in your meals.


Knowing how to season food is one of the most important parts of delicious cooking. Whether it's salting properly or incorporating herbs or spices, seasoning can truly make your dishes sing. Salt is one of the most basic and key seasonings. Don't be afraid of salts. While too much sodium isn't healthy, salt really is necessary to bring out the flavor in your foods. To avoid over-salting, ditch the salt shaker entirely. Either pour the salt into a small dish like this, or into your hand. Just pinch two fingers together and sprinkle salt on to your food. Another way to avoid over-salting is to salt your food in stages throughout cooking, tasting the dish along the way. Using herbs is another great way to season your food. Herbs come in a range of textures and flavors, including tender herbs like cilantro and parsley, and sturdy herbs like thyme, sage, and rosemary. Sturdy herbs can cook for longer periods of time without losing their flavor. So, put them on raw veggies like these sweet potatoes before roasting. Tender herbs work best when on food at or near the end of cooking like these steamed potatoes. I'm just going to sprinkle on a little bit of parsley. Spices are another way to really amp up the flavor in foods. You can use them separately or combine them into mixtures called dry rubs. Dry rubs are fantastic on chicken, beef, pork, or even salmon. I'm using Kosher salt, brown sugar, cumin, smoked paprika, and some pepper. Rub it on your raw meat, like these pork chops and then cook either on the stove top, in the oven, or on the grill. So, whether it's salt, herbs, or spices, start seasoning to add some delicious flavor to your cooking.

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