Easy Spice Blends for the Time-Strapped Cook
Spices add instant depth to any dish, so they’re a lifesaver when you’re short on time. Since most of us don’t have time to long-simmer something, coaxing out flavor as it cooks, we came up with four spice blends to serve as (amazing) flavor shortcuts. Use them to help cut down on prep time and amplify the taste of almost any meal—from your morning avocado toast to your family taco night.
These blends take literally minutes to make and will last for up to a year–plus they’re free of the MSG, cane sugar, and preservatives often found in grocery-store versions. Bonus: We’ve also added some of our favorites from Oaktown to the goop home shop for those not interested in making their own.
Spice Things Up
Everyone loves a BBQ rub and this one, sweetened with coconut sugar instead of the traditional brown sugar, is especially good. Rub this over any meat, fish, or veggie going on the grill, use it as a base for a quick BBQ sauce, or throw it into baked beans for added flavor.
Our version of the traditional 7-ingredient Japanese spice blend, this savory/spicy condiment is delicious sprinkled over soups and udon noodles, grilled meats and fish, popcorn, and avocado toast.
This simple blend makes Mexican night at home an easy option any night of the week. Add it to ground meat for tacos, chicken or shrimp for fajitas, or to onions, garlic, and canned tomatoes for a quick enchilada sauce.
Use this versatile spice blend as a marinade for chicken or shrimp, a base for soups and curries, or tossed with vegetables before roasting or grilling.