We all know and love fresh garlic, but for an easy substitute try garlic salt, a combination of dried ground garlic and table salt. It adds tons of flavor and spares you from stinky hands. Love the garlicky taste but want to skip the salt? Try garlic powder, a salt-free seasoning with the same bold kick. Try it with hamburgers, guacamole, stews, soups and popcorn.
Dill weed originates from the parsley family and is popular in cuisines all around the globe. This soft but highly aromatic herb has a flavor reminiscent of celery, parsley, anise and subtle lemon. Try it with salmon, eggs, green beans and Greek yogurt dip.
This salty seasoning is typically a blend of paprika, garlic powder, onion, black pepper and cayenne. The most popular brand is the original Tony Chachere’s, hailing from Louisiana. Creole tends to accompany Cajun dishes like gumbo, but it can also spice up meats and veggies. Try it with jambalaya, chili, polenta, burgers, eggs and steamed vegetables.
Crushed Red Pepper
Made from dried and crushed red chile peppers, red pepper flakes are often thought of as a standard seasoning alongside salt and pepper. These smoky little flakes add heat and intensify the flavor of whatever ingredients they season. Try it with tomato sauce, orange chicken, frittatas and grilled eggplant.
This simple but powerful spice blends granulated lemon zest with cracked black pepper, lending a bright, citrusy, peppery kick. Although most commonly used on fish, lemon pepper can add flavor to a variety of meats, vegetables and pastas.Try it with grilled meats, pasta, fish, pork, zucchini and couscous.
Perhaps the trendiest spice of the year, sea salt brings any dish to life – sweet or savory – with its coarse texture and bold, salty punch. Sea salt can range from a basic cooking ingredient (crystalline sea salt) to a gourmet garnish (fleur de sel) sprinkled for an elegant finishing touch. Try it with dark chocolate, chips with vinegar and freshly sliced tomato.