Top 25 Salt Free Seasoning BlendsIf you made a resolution this New Years there’s a very good chance that it had something to do with being healthier, or maybe it was a strong suggestion from your doctor to reduce your sodium consumption (we don’t judge). Either way, this is a conscious decision to be a better, healthier version of yourself. There’s a good possibility that this is a difficult feat if you don’t know where to begin. As Americans, we have almost unlimited choices when it comes to what kind of food to eat, and even if it looks healthy it might have hidden ingredients like extra sodium.
Sodium is a major player when it comes to eating healthy. Some frozen meals contain amounts of sodium that you would never believe unless you read the nutritional information. The best way to know what you’re eating is to buy fresh, never frozen foods like vegetables and lean meats. The only problem is that you now need to make these foods taste amazing without using salt, and the solution is probably easier than you thought - salt free seasonings. We love showing people the world of salt free seasonings because they don’t think food can taste that good without using salt! We put together a list of our top 25 salt free seasonings that can be used on virtually any type of food along with some healthy recipes where the seasonings can be used.
1. Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning - Our Manzanillo Mexican seasoning can be used on tacos, enchiladas, burritos and quesadillas, but that’s not all. This seasoning is a favorite for us because it can be added to any dish that needs a little spicy flavor, but not burn your face off fire. The flavor profile of our Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning is earthy with a complex chile base that is savory and spicy, you'll also pick up a slight garlicky undertone with hints of onion.
|Chorizo and Sweet Potato Hash||Spicy Grilled Mexican Shrimp|
|Mexican Cornbread||Vegetarian Refried Bean Pizza|
2. Pennsylvania Pepper- This pepper blend is the perfect blend to replace salt in the shaker on your kitchen table. It is hand blended with black pepper, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, green bell pepper and celery seed which makes it full of flavor. This is truly an all purpose seasoning that can be used any time you would reach for the salt and pepper.
|Grilled Vegetable Sandwich||Wild Salmon with Romesco Sauce|
|Italian Wedding Soup|
3. Flippin’ the Bird - When eating healthier, most people tend to incorporate more chicken into their weekly meal routine. Flippin’ the Bird is our most popular salt free seasoning specifically made to spice up your plain old chicken. It is tame when it comes to heat and has an herby flavor profile with sweet and citusy undertones.
Buttermilk Marinated Grilled Chicken
4. Habanero Mango Chicken Rub - If you’re looking for some decent heat to spice up your chicken, this is one rub to try. This has a nice hot upfront heat that fades fairly quickly. You'll pick up a bit of tartness (not sweetness) from the dried mango and then this is rounded out by earthy and citrusy notes. Because of the heat in the rub, a little goes a long way. Always start with about ½ the amount you think you’ll need and gradually add more.
|Habanero Mango Grilled Shrimp|| Sweet and Spicy Caribbean Chicken
5. Jamaican Jerk Seasoning - Our Jamaican Jerk seasoning is perfect for chicken, pork, fish and seafood (don’t throw shrimp on the barbie without some). This seasoning is convenient enough to use on a daily basis, but is packed with enough flair to be used at any backyard barbecue celebration. To make your own jerk marinade mix 1/4 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 large orange), 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice (about 1 small lime) and 1/2 cup of our Jamaican Jerk Seasoning. This is enough for 3-4 lbs of chicken.
|Jamaican Chicken and Mango Sandwich||Jerk Burgers|
|Jamaican Jerk Stir Fry|
6. Blackened Seasoning - In my humble opinion, if its meat, it can be blackened. There’s just something about this seasoning that can make even the cloudiest day seem a little brighter. Blackening produces a black, peppery crust, which sears in all the flavor and juices, making it a great choice for the grill. Originally, Chef Paul Prudhome of K-Paul’s in New Orleans created and perfected the blackening process, which was originally meant as a fish recipe. Today blackening seasoning is used to treat all kinds of food, including shrimp, steak, chicken, pork and even vegetables.
|Blackened Chicken||Cajun Salmon Pasta|
7. Italian Seasoning - This seasoning is our best selling blend of herbs. This fragrant seasoning blend makes it simple to create the signature flavors of Italy right in your home kitchen. Jazz up your recipes with an ideal balance of complex herbal notes, our Italian Seasoning is also incredibly versatile as you can add it to vinegar & oil for a quick salad dressing and of course you can add it to just about any tomato-based dish - from lasagna to spaghetti to pizza. Our Italian Seasoning is hand blended from rosemary, basil, oregano, sage and marjoram.
|Classic Margherita Pizza|| Italian Eggplant Rollup
|Homemade Marinara and Creamy Polenta||Italian Wedding Soup|
8. Maharajah Curry Powder - A Curry refers to a gravy or sauce based dish of meat and rice. The meat may be anything from chicken to lamb to shrimp and the curry is the spicy (but not necessarily hot) sauce that marries the meat and rice together. Our premier Maharajah Style Curry Powder is earthy, slightly floral, sweet and spicy with citrusy notes, It is not considered a hot curry powder and is ideal for adding magnificent color and unmatched flavor to seafood and chicken curries.
Maharajah Curry Spiced Walnuts
9. Chinese 5 Spice - There are many who believe that this mixture was originally created to become the perfect spice blend as it incorporates the five base flavors of Chinese cooking - sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory. Five Spice really shines with fatty meats such as duck, goose or pork. We also like to use it as a spice rub for chicken and seafood or in red recipes (also known as flavor potting). Flavor potting refers to a technique of stewing foods (especially inexpensive, fatty cuts of beef, chicken or pork) in a spicy, flavorful sauce for a very long time (typically 4 or 5 hours). This slow cooking method allows the sauce to seep into the meat, tenderizing it and infusing it with great flavor.
|Asian Chicken Sandwich||Chinese 5 Spice Chicken Stir Fry|
|Cheese Ravioli and Veggie Stir Fry||Vegetarian Stir-Fry Burritos|
10. Cajun Seasoning - As a rule of thumb, Cajun dishes are one-pot creations like gumbos, dirty rice, jambalaya, fried catfish and a spicy smoked sausage called Andouille, but you can use Cajun Seasoning on almost any meat or seafood dish.
|Cajun Grilled Sweet Potatoes||Cajun Red Beans and Rice|
|Cajun Tilapia||Crispy Cajun Chicken|
11. Garlic Herb Seasoning - Garlic Herb seasoning is a very versatile addition to any spice collection. It can be used to almost any food but a few of our favorites include seasoning breadsticks, focaccia, mushroom stuffing or stir fries. Top salads with this seasoning or mix it with olive oil to create a wet rub for chicken, it really can be used anywhere.The flavor profile of our Garlic and Herb seasoning is a delightful balance of pepper and garlic with a crunchy and nutty undertones provided by the toasted sesame seed.
|Garlic Herb Smashed Potatoes||Mushroom Pizza|
12. Sweet Chili Powder - Many people wonder if chili powder has salt in it. Well I can’t speak for anyone else, but ours doesn’t and it’s still full of flavor! Our Sweet Chili Powder is perfect for the chili lover who wants something a bit off the beaten path. It possesses a light touch of sweetness while also carrying a very subtle heat from the New Mexico and Ancho Chiles which it contains. Our Sweet Chili Powder is hand blended from freshly ground Ancho and New Mexico Chiles, coriander, cumin, domestic paprika, oregano, garlic, sugar and cinnamon.
|Baked Potatoes with Spicy Topping||Turkey Chili|
|Mexican Stir Fry|
13. Adobo Seasoning - Adobo is a seasoning blend with a south of the border flair and it is generally rubbed or sprinkled on seafood and meat before grilling or frying. Chicken and pork are the two most common meats used in Adobo seasoned recipes. You can also use our Adobo to season your chili meat (beef, chicken or turkey), guacamole, black beans, red beans or tacos.The flavor profile is a balanced deep earthy complexity with moderate chili heat and hints of fruitiness that will have friends and family asking for your secrets.
| Black Beans and Rice Bowl
|| Slow Cooker Beef Stew
|Grilled Salmon with a Jasmine Tea and Chipotle Marinade
||Slow Cooker Borracho Beans|
14. Bahamian Chicken - When it comes to perfectly balancing hot and spicy, sweet and tart, tangy and zesty, Bahamian cooks have an intuitive talent for converting a dish from the plain to the remarkable. That is what you’ll find with our Bahamian Chicken seasoning. Even though it is primarily a chicken seasoning, it can be used on almost any meat for a kick of heat. This blend include Scotch Bonnet Chiles which pack a punch but don’t burn your face off. The Scotch Bonnet is similar to the better known Habanero Chile but isn’t quite as hot and is a bit sweeter with a flavor profile that's more brings to mind tomatoes with hints of apple and cherry.
15. Apple Pie Spice - Apple Pie Spice is one of our signature baking spice blends and it doesn’t disappoint. Delicious and rich in spicy cinnamon flavor, the allspice provides a warm, gentle flavor, the nutmeg adds a savory note, the ginger casts hints of lemony pungency and then it’s all married together with a sophisticated complexity from the cardamom. Although Apple Pie Spice is primarily used in desserts, we also like it topping our oatmeal, in waffle or pancake batter, sprinkled on French toast, added to crumbled toppings on spice cakes, and even in BBQ mops and sauces.
|Apple Cider Sweet Potatoes|| Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
|Baked Apple Cider Donuts|
16. Chili Con Carne - Chili Con Carne is our premium chili powder. It is jam packed with flavor and aroma but it is not particularly hot. Our Chili Con Carne is hand blended from Ancho Chiles, New Mexico Chiles, cumin, Mexican oregano, garlic powder, allspice, minced onion, clove and coriander.
Cincinnati Skyline Chili
17. Pollo Asado - Pollo Asado translates to roasted chicken. Asado is generally considered a cooking technique of open-fire style (or grilling) of cooking meat that uses hardwoods and seasonings for flavor. This particular seasoning is great by itself, but even better when turned into a marinade to really bring out the complex flavors. To marinate 3 lbs of chicken use 1/2 cup of lime (or 2 fresh limes), lemon (2 fresh lemons) and orange (1 medium to large orange) fresh squeezed juice, 1/4 cup of vinegar (apple cider vinegar is more common in Mexican cuisine), and 1/4 cup of Pollo Asado seasoning.
18. Citrus Seasoning - Our Citrus Seasoning is typically used for fish, but is also excellent on chicken. What we like best about Citrus Seasoning is the wonderful combination of herbs with the "ultimate fish seasoning" of fennel and then the added citrus twist of lemon and orange zest. Our Citrus Seasoning is hand blended from thyme, Mediterranean oregano, basil, rosemary, sage, orange zest, lemon zest and fennel.
Grilled Chicken, Potato and Asparagus Salad
19. Za’atar (Israeli) - In my opinion, Za’atar is an underrated spice blend. Its versatility and flavor profile bring out the best that your food has to offer. Za'atar is most frequently used as a table condiment, dusted on food on its own, or stirred into some olive oil as a dip for soft, plush flatbreads. This blend can also be used to create a delicious crust on chicken or other meat. In Lebanon, za'atar is most often associated with breakfast, a cue well worth taking. Try sprinkling some on eggs, oatmeal, or yogurt.
|Greek Burger and Za’atar Carrots||Spatchcock Chicken with Za’atar|
|Greek Salad with Za’atar Vinaigrette||Za’atar Bread with Tomatoes|
|Roasted Carrots with Za’atar and Feta||Za’atar Spiced Meatballs|
20. Poultry Seasoning - As you already know, chicken is a favorite for individuals who are trying to eat healthier, but sometimes you can get stuck in a rut. Our poultry Seasoning is a great way to try something a little different. It is also commonly referred to as Chicken Seasoning or Stuffing Seasoning and it is very popular around thanksgiving. This seasoning has an herby flavor profile and is great for individuals who want flavor, but nothing too strong, spicy or hot. Our Poultry Seasoning is hand blended from thyme, rosemary, sage, marjoram and oregano.
| Chicken Pot Pie
|| Southern Cornbread Dressing
21. Pizza - Whether you choose to make your pizza from scratch or to cook a frozen version this seasoning will hit the spot. You’ll find it contains a perfect blend of seasonings to spice up every pizza just like your favorite Italian pizza parlor - from the thin crust plain cheese to the deep dish give me everything you got pie. This is ideal for those looking for a low sodium pizza alternative. You can also use this to make pizza bread or as an additional seasoning on garlic bread.
|Buffalo Chicken Pizza||Classic Margherita Pizza|
|Cheesy Stuffed Crust Chicken Pizza||Spinach and Hummus Pizza|
|Chicken Broccoli Pesto Pizza||Vegetarian Refried Bean Pizza|
22. Herbs de Provence - Also known as Provencal herbs, Herbes de Provence and simply Herbs Provence, Herbs de Provence is a traditional blend of common, aromatic herbs that flourish in the hills of France’s Provence region. Some of the more common herbs in this blend are basil, bay leave, chervil, dill, fennel, lavender, marjoram, mint, orange zest, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon and thyme. We like using Herbs de Provence when roasting beef or pork tenderloins and Cornish hens. It is also spectacular with used with cheese, tomatoes, larger pieces of oven roasted potatoes or in gravies, pizza sauce, salads, sauces, soups and stews.
Chicken Herbs de Provence
23. Spicy Thai Seasoning - Thai cuisine is based around five essential flavors: salty, sour, spicy, bitter and sweet. Between three and five of these will in some shape or form, be found in most Thai dishes. Our Spicy Thai Seasoning is perfect for adding delicious Thai flavor to grains, meat, seafood and vegetable based dishes. We like to use our Spicy Thai Seasoning when we’re looking for a bit more kick, especially in stir fries and as a dry rub for some delicious Thai Chicken Wings.
|Chicken Fried Rice with Lime and Kaffir Leaves||Spicy Thai Noodles|
|Quick Thai Chicken||Thai Beef Stir Fry|
|Spicy Cabbage Slaw|| Thai Chicken Wrap
24. Napa Valley Pepper - Napa Valley Pepper is our #2 pepper blend after Pennsylvania Pepper. The citrus combination of these culinary favorites compliments many fresh and cooked dishes whether at the stove, on the grill or on the table. You can use Napa Valley Pepper as a rub or sprinkle on fish, meat, chicken, seafood or tofu before broiling or grilling. It can be added to green or side salads (like chicken, potato, pasta or tofu) and also in the making of herb butter.
25. Pumpkin Pie Spice - When the holiday season is upon you and you’re looking to create that perfect, traditional pumpkin pie then this is the seasoning blend that you want to have at your finger tips! Some of our favorite ways to use this almost enchanted spice blend is with candied nuts (especially pecans), on pork tenderloins or pork chops (pairs nicely when mixed with a bit of garlic, olive oil and a drizzle or two of maple syrup), use it in place of just plain cinnamon on French Toast, and it’s almost magical when combined with canned pumpkin (but not canned pumpkin pie mix) in my morning oatmeal. We also like to sprinkle it over winter squash, sweet potatoes or carrots and roast, use it to spice up whipped cream, or mix it into some yogurt or ice cream base, sprinkle over your coffee grounds before brewing your coffee (to create your own Pumpkin Spiced Latte), stir into waffle or pancake batter or use it to season popcorn - it's quite a versatile spice blend.
|Healthy Carrot Cake Squares||Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust|
|Healthy Pumpkin Bread||Pumpkin Pie Pudding|
|Healthy Pumpkin Muffins||Pumpkin Pie Spice Almonds|
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