How to Spice Up Your Food Like A Pro. The Guide to Seasoning Your Food!
Struggling to prepare healthy meals that also taste good? You’re not alone. Many home cooks have a tough time figuring out how to make healthy food taste delicious. And many wrongly assume only unhealthy food tastes good, while healthy food tastes less flavorful and less appetizing.
Fortunately, this assumption is completely wrong. Check out these seasoning tricks to take your cooking to the next level.
- Use coarse salt to season meat
Use coarse salt than table salt when seasoning meat. Its larger grains distribute more easily and cling well to the meat’s surface. Try using about 1/8 teaspoon of coarse salt for a portion meat.
- Adding pepper before or after searing meat
It is important to know when you apply black pepper to your food – before or after. If you want assertive flavor, season meat after searing. Alternatively, seasoning before cooking will tame pepper’s punch.
- Cold foods require more seasoning than hot foods
We are able to taste hot foods better than cold foods, which is why we have to make up for it by adding extra seasoning to cold dishes. For example, to let salad taste better, add a pinch of salt along with dressing.
- Incorporate fresh herbs
In the early cooking process, add hearty herbs like thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage, and marjoram to dishes so that they release maximum flavor. Save delicate herbs like parsley, cilantro, tarragon, chives, and basil for the later part of the cooking.
- Add Umami
The fifth basic taste, Umami flavor is a savory and meaty flavor. Foods like mushrooms, anchovies, tomatoes, Kombu seaweed, and Parmesan cheese contains high Glutamate to provide the strong Umami flavor.
- Toast or Roast Your Whole Spices
Toasting whole spices before grinding them will add extra aroma to a dish. Just place them into a pan over medium-low heat and toast, swirl constantly until fragrant. Remove from heat once you start to smell them.
- Season with Acid
Acid helps elevate flavors. Just like salt, acid competes with bitter flavor compounds. Try adding a drop of lemon juice, vinegar or even a splash of wine to boost flavor in soups, stews and sauces.
- Add a flavorful heat
Cayenne, turmeric, chilli flakes or powder are the go-to seasoning for adding heat and strong flavor into your dish. Add in some acids or citrus flavor to branch out the flavouring.
Now you have learned the tricks, let’s get cooking!
Written by: Jasmine Lim
(Love Earth Nutritionist)
[Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics (major) &
Food Science (minor) lowa State University, USA]