Kitchen Cheat Sheet: Top 15 Essential Spices

1. Paprika: Used for dry rubs, sauces, coloring agent and as a garnish. Comes in sweet, smoked and hot varieties. 


2. Garlic Powder: Used for dry rubs, sauces, and generally any recipe that calls for garlic. 

Garlic Powder

3. Crushed Red Pepper: Used for dry rubs, sauces, and mainly Italian dishes such as sprinkled atop pizza and pasta.

Crushed Red Pepper

4. Cumin: Used for dry rubs and predominantly in Mexican cooking.


5. Curry Powder: Used in curries, sauces and as a dry rub for chicken.

Curry Powder

6. Turmeric: Used as flavor or color in curries, rice, mustard, butters and cheeses.


7. Bay Leaves: Integral for soups and stews.

Bay Leaves

8. Dried Sumac: Used rubbed into meats and fish, mixed into marinades and sprinkled over salads.

Dried Sumac

9.  Za’atar: Commonly used on  breads and dips. Also good when baking chicken or sprinkled onto omelets.


10. Saffron: Good for broths, rice and sauces.


11. Rosemary: Commonly used when cooking meats and potatoes. 


12. Cinnamon: Used in baking and curries. 


13. Cayenne Pepper: Used across the board to heat up any dish. Can also be used to spice up hot cocoa. 

Cayenne Pepper

14. Thyme:  Used in salads, soups, dips and sauces, stews, and rice dishes.


15. Ginger: Commonly used in Asian cooking such as stir fries but can also be used in baking, teas and desserts.


Author: Sigalle Barness

Sigalle Barness is the Chief Operating Officer of Lawline, the nation's leading online provider of Continuing Legal Education. Sigalle provides leadership and vision to ensure Lawline has the proper processes and people in place to effectively grow the organization while ensuring financial strength, stability, and profitability. Sigalle approaches her work with respect, candor, and a balance of decisiveness and flexibility as she furthers the objectives of the company. Sigalle's favorite things in the whole world are her husband and two children. Sigalle also loves good food and travel. She is an avid lover of music, video games, blogging, and cooking.

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