How To Use Spices In Cooking

Learn the best uses for a range of popular spices in cooking.

SoupsMeats and FishSaucesVegetablesDessertsSpice Pairings
AllspicePumpkin, oyster stew, split peaJerk chicken, beef, lamb, poached fish, shrimpChili sauce, Jerk sauce, tomato sauceCarrots, beets, parsnips, winter squash, zucchini, peas, sweet potatoes, turnipsCakes, gingerbread, apple pie, Christmas pudding, fruit, cookies Mace, cloves, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg
Basil, SweetChicken, tomato, minestrone, beefFish, chicken, pork, beef, Italian foodMarinara, basil oil, basil cream, barbeque, salad dressing, marinadesBell peppers, zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, eggplant, corn, cabbage, asparagusMousse, ice cream, cookiesOregano, thyme, marjoram, rosemary
Bay LeavesBeef, chicken, vegetable, bisqueShrimp, pot roast, shellfish, casseroles, poached white fish, ratatouilleTomato, BBQ sauce, bechamel, breadMushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes, capsicumsCakes, custard, panna cotta, Sage, marjoram, oregano, thyme
Caraway SeedBorscht, carrotSlow cooked meatButter, yogurt sauceCabbage, carrots, potato, apples Cookies, cakesFennel, garlic, cilantro, dill, thyme, oregano
CardamomLentil, carrotDuck, pork, chicken, beefyogurt, pastaSweet potatoes, peas, corn, carrots, citrusCake, cookies, pudding, kulfiGinger, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric
Celery SeedTomato, vegetable, beef Pot roast, curries, chicken, baked fish, meat loafKetchep, BBQ, cocktail, mayonnaisePeas, green beans, potatoes, tomatoesCookiesCracked black pepper
Chili PowderGazpacho, chili, minestroneTacos, burritos, casseroles, beef, chicken, pork, hamburgers Tomato, sambal oelek, gochujang, chili, chimichurriTomatoes, peas, corn, potatoes, cauliflower, kale, spinachIce cream, fudge, cheesecake, chocolateCumin, cayenne pepper, garlic, cinnamon, Cilantro seeds
CinnamonSplit Pea, sweet potato, pumpkinHam, chicken, lamb, casseroles, chili beans, braised meatsCaramel or chocolate, chutney, relish, fruit sauceSweet potatoes, carrots, beets, corn Hot beverages, pies, puddings, muffins, cakes, breads, cookiesCloves, all spice, nutmeg, ginger
ClovesGarlic, Split Pea Lamb, beef, ham, chicken, fishRelishes, chutniesTomatoes, beets, squash, cabbageCookies, fruit mince pies, hot beverages, cakesStar anise, Sechuan pepper
Cilantro SeedsLentil, carrotBeef, tofu, chicken, curries, dry rubsChermoula, pastaPotato, onion, bell pepper, tomatoesBiscuits, cakes, fudge.Cumin, cinnamon, chili
CuminGazpacho, vegetable, carrotFish, pork, beef, chickenYogurt, BBQ, Mexican Sauce Carrots, tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, corn Semolina, fudge, gheera, grilled pears, cookiesTurmeric, oregano, garlic, ginger, cinnamon
Curry PowderBeef, chicken Beef, lamb, chicken, pork, fish, veal curriesCream SaucePotatoes, cabbage, corn, peas, zucchini, broccoli Mousse, ice cream, cakesCayenne, turmeric, cumin, cilantro, fenugreek
Dill SeedPotato, carrot, chicken noodle, chowder, split peaPork, veal, burgers, lamb, salmon Creamy, garlic, relish, vinegarCorn, peas, cabbage, beets, asparagus, zucchini, tomatoesBiscuits, cakesPaprika, parsley, mustard, horseradish, basil garlic
Fennel SeedVegetable, minestroneSausage, pork, chicken, lamb, shellfish, casserolesTomatoCucumber, carrot, pumpkin, zucchini, carrotsBiscuits, puddings, cakesCloves, chervil, basil, thyme, oregano
GarlicVegetable, minestrone, chickenBeef, chicken, pork, veal, lamb, seafood, fish, rabbit, venison, gameGarlic, marinara, pesto, vinaigrettes, dressings, Italian sauces, BBQTomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, eggplant, bell peppersTruffles, cookies, browniesOnion, chili, turmeric, parsley, cilantro, basil, ginger, Italian herbs
GingerChicken, vegetable, split pea, gazpachoFish, chicken, beef, pork, tofu Stir fries, marinades, dipping saucesCarrots, squash, beets, citrus, potatoes Cookies, cakes, gingerbread, ice cream Cilantro, garlic, turmeric, basil, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom
MaceVegetable, chicken, tomatoSausages, pate, beef, ham, venison, rabbit, fish, lambBechamel, marinades, BologneseCarrots, sweet potatoes, squashDonuts, custards, cakes, puddingsCloves, vanilla, saffron, cumin, ginger, allspice
MarjoramChowder, tomato, onion, vegetable, beefMeat loaf, casseroles, roast beef, chicken, fishTomato, Italian-style Peas, squash, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, cabbage, carrots, asparagus, green beansPuddings, cookiesPaprika, basil, cumin, sumac, rosemary
Mustard SeedVegetableChicken, fish, ham, porkMarinades, honey mustard, gravyLeafy greens, parsnip, pumpkin, carrots, picklesCupcakes, ice cream, streusel, pieFennel, cumin, cilantro, oregano, curry leaf, dill
NigellaVegetableChicken, beef, curries, casserolesGlazes, mustardFava beans, squash, mushrooms, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli Pastries, breadFennel seeds, fenugreek, cumin, mustard seeds
NutmegChowder, vegetable, pumpkin Lamb, veal, sausage Bechamiel, cream, chocolateCabbage, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, squash, beetsPies, beverages, custard, muffins, cakes, cookies, puddingsCloves, allspice
OreganoVegetable, minestrone, borschtBurgers, meat balls, chicken, lamb, beef, pork, fishTomato, dressings, marinades, ChimichurriBell peppers, artichokes, mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, green beans, rapini Cakes, muffins, cheesecake, shortcake, breads, cookiesOnion, garlic, basil, thyme
PaprikaChicken, vegetableChicken, tofu, lamb, shellfishDressings, marinadesSquash, bell peppers, potatoes, broccoliChocolate, puddings, ice cream, brownies, hot chocolateCardamom, chili, cumin, garlic, cinnamon
RosemaryChicken noodle, Potato and leek Pork, chicken, lamb, fish, veal Gravy, marinadesPeas, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, potatoesYogurt, brulee, cakes, mousseThyme, basil, oregano, garlic
SageVegetable, tomato, chickenFish, sausages, pork, chicken, stuffing, poultry, beefButter, gravy Brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoCakes, muffins, cookies Basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme
Star AniseBeef, chicken, wonton, vegetableDuck, pork, beef, pork, corned beefJus, gravyCarrots, Chinese greens, broccoli, green beansTarts, cookies, cakes, mousse, fruitCinnamon, cloves, fennel, ginger, garlic, cilantro, chili
TarragonSpring vegetable, chickenVeal, salmon, rabbit, chicken Bearnaise, hollandaiseArtichokes, asparagus, carrots, zucchini, eggplantPuddings, panna cotta, ice creamParsley, chervil, anise, thyme, mustard seed, cilantro
ThymeMinestrone, tomato, beef, VegetablePork, chicken, beef, stuffingMarinades, dressings, Hollandaise sauceCarrots, zucchini, peas, green beans, onions, tomatoes, cornLemon bars, shortbread, cakes.Rosemary, oregano, marjoram, basil, sage, garlic
TurmericChicken, vegetableFish, tofu, chicken, beef, lamb, curries, casserolesGolden turmeric saucePotatoes, cabbage, sweet potato, green beans, cauliflowerSmoothies, hot beverages, Cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, nutmeg
VanillaVanilla parsnip soupBeef, chicken, vealVanilla sauceCarrots, parsnips, zucchiniCakes, muffins, cheesecake, breads, cookies, custard, ice cream, puddingsCinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, ginger