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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 (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 experienced that they just aren't sure what are 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 combination of the complimentary spices that you enjoy most to enhance the flavor of the meat for which it is recommended.

Beef - BasilBay Leaf, Black Pepper, Cayenne, Cumin, Curry Powder, Dry Mustard Powder, Garlic, Green Pepper, Lemongrass, Onion, OreganoRosemarySage, Thyme

Fish Bay LeafCayenneCurry PowderCelery SeedChives, Dill, Fennel, Lemongrass, Lemon ZestMarjoram, MintDry Mustard PowderOnion, PaprikaParsleyRed PepperSaffronSageSesame SeedTarragonThyme, Turmeric
LambBasil, CinnamonCuminCurry PowderGarlicMarjoram, MintOnionOreganoRosemarySageSavorySesame SeedThyme

Poultry - BasilBay Leaf, CilantroCinnamonCurry PowderGarlic, Lemongrass, MaceMarjoram, MintOnionPaprikaParsleyRosemarySageSaffronSavory, TarragonThyme

Pork - AllspiceCarawayCelery Seed, Cloves, CorianderFennel, Ginger, Juniper BerriesDry Mustard PowderPaprikaSageSavory

Veal Bay LeafBlack PepperCurry PowderDillGinger, LemonMarjoram, MintOreganoPaprikaParsleySaffronSageTarragon

Eggs BasilChivesCurry PowderDry Mustard Powder, Green or Red PepperOnionPaprikaParsleyTarragon

Cheese Chives, NutmegOreganoRed PepperSageTarragonThyme

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1. Anonymous User on 1/10/2014, said:

I am in my 91st year and at last I have found a straight Answer
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2. Anonymous User 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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3. Anonymous User on 4/7/2013, said:

What spices goes with which meat chart will be vey helpful
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4. Anonymous User on 9/10/2010, said:

very resourceful.
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