What Spices Go with What Meat?

A perfectly seasoned entree typically plays the starring role in an unforgettable meal. Achieving masterful balance is not always as easy as we'd like it to be (or as you see on one of your favorite cooking shows). We hear from aspiring cooks all the time - from the novice to even those with quite a bit of experience that they just aren't sure what the best or most complimentary spices are for meat. We know it can be downright challenging to remember which herbs and spices work well with different meats and egg foods.

Maybe you've finally dug out that cookbook you bought last year or you've been inspired by a great looking recipe you pinned on Pinterest in your quest to battle your boring dinner rut. But how often are you knee deep into preparing a meal from one of these great looking recipes and you can't find a critical spice or herb that the recipe calls for?

This comprehensive list of complementary spices can serve as a handy resource for making a shopping list for your spice cabinet or having on hand to use in a pinch. You can also experiment with various combinations of the complimentary spices that you enjoy most to enhance the flavor of the meat for which it is recommended.

Beef - Basil, Bay Leaf, Black Pepper, Cayenne, Cumin, Curry Powder, Dry Mustard Powder, Garlic, Green Pepper, Lemongrass, Onion, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme

Fish - Bay Leaf, Cayenne, Curry Powder, Celery Seed, Chives, Dill, Fennel, Lemongrass, Lemon Zest, Marjoram, Mint, Dry Mustard Powder, Onion, Paprika, Parsley, Red Pepper, Saffron, Sage, Sesame Seed, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric

Lamb- Basil, Cinnamon, Cumin, Curry Powder, Garlic, Marjoram, Mint, Onion, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Sesame Seed, Thyme

Poultry - Basil, Bay Leaf, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Curry Powder, Garlic, Lemongrass, Mace, Marjoram, Mint, Onion, Paprika, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Saffron, Savory, Tarragon, Thyme

Pork - Allspice, Caraway, Celery Seed, Cloves, Coriander, Fennel, Ginger, Juniper Berries, Dry Mustard Powder, Paprika, Sage, Savory

Veal - Bay Leaf, Black Pepper, Curry Powder, Dill, Ginger, Lemon, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Saffron, Sage, Tarragon

Eggs - Basil, Chives, Curry Powder, Dry Mustard Powder, Green or Red Pepper, Onion, Paprika, Parsley, Tarragon

Cheese - Chives, Nutmeg, Oregano, Red Pepper, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme

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2. on 12/30/2014, said:
very good info and just what i have been looking for will do bissness ,, Paul dk
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3. on 1/10/2014, said:
I am in my 91st year and at last I have found a straight Answer
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4. on 7/21/2013, said:
I have spices in my cupboard and now know what to do with them. Thanks. The format is good but can be improved by adding a reverse format starting with each spice and how to use it.
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5. on 4/7/2013, said:
What spices goes with which meat chart will be vey helpful
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