I love to cook. And read about food, food history, all that good stuff. So I’ll often have cooking and food posts on this blog amongst other things, since it’s kind of a weird hodgepodge of topics anyway.
Today I thought I would share the seasoning salts I love and use regularly in my own cooking. I’ll also toss in an example of a recipe that I use it in. Should be fun.
These are seasoning salts beyond the garlic salt or onion salt you can find in any grocery store. And there’s nothing wrong with those, either, but these have a lot more to them than one extra flavor!
Now onto the salts!
You can actually find Adobo in supermarkets now fairly easily, but for a long time you couldn’t. It’s better known than it used to be. I’ve actually been eating Adobo since I was a child.
My dad lived and worked in Central American and Puerto Rico a lot. He first ate Adobo in Puerto Rico and started bringing it back home with him, and my mom would use it to cook since he liked it so much.
Adobo is salt, turmeric, garlic, oregano and black pepper.
The brand pictured is the type I usually buy. You can also find it on Amazon, and Walmarts often have it. I found a recipe for making your own Puerto-Rican style adobo here, but I can’t vouch for it as I’ve never used it.
I have my own personal recipe that I use this adobo seasoning salt in. It probably doesn’ t match any Puerto Rican dish at all, but I created it as a teenager and still make it to this day.
Adobo Pork Chops
- Thin Sliced Pork Chops (Aldi in particular has good, cheap cuts for this recipe)
- Dried Onion Flakes
- Adobo Seasoning
I like to just make a ton of this recipe whenever I do it. It takes a bit of time, but it’s simple AND reheats really well for lunch.
Melt butter in a frying pan. You want to have a decent amount of it. Lay out pork chops on a cutting board and season generously with the dried onion flakes, cumin, and adobo seasoning. Once the butter is melted and sizzling, put the pork chops in the pan seasoned side down. Season the other side while the first one is cooking. After it is seared nicely, flip to the other side. After the second side is seared, add more butter if needed, turn the heat down, and put a lid on it to finish cooking the pork chops. This helps keep them nice and moist. Once they’re cooked all the way through, they’re done.
Ta-da! I usually serve it with a side salad and fruit.
Sel Fou – Fool’s Salt
I discovered this one year when I decided to make homemade seasoning salts to give to relatives for Christmas. I kept some of the leftover of this and loved it. Now I make it once or twice a year and enjoy it.
I haven’t found Sel Fou in American stores at all. I haven’t looked particularly hard for it either since I make it myself, though.
Sel Fou is a french seasoning salt. It includes onion, garlic, thyme, marjoram and more. Here is the recipe I use to make it. I initially couldn’t find dried horseradish, so I used dry mustard instead for it.
My favorite recipe for this is Nom Nom Paleo’s Chicken Nuggets – chicken chunks breaded with tapioca flour and cooked up in coconut oil. Unfortunately, the full recipe isn’t online, it’s only in the excellent Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans cookbook (seriously this is a great one. Everything I’ve made from it is *kisses fingers*).
This is tasty on chicken and potatoes, and I am particularly fond of using it on fried, breaded bits of protein. Sprinkle a bit on while it’s fresh out of the oil and hot, and it’s great.
Sel Viking – Viking Salt
This is the newest seasoning salt on my list and I am absolutely in love with it. I convinced Russell to buy it for me a while ago from the France pavilion in Epcot at Disney World. I always try and convince him to buy me special food stuff from the various world pavilions when we go, since it’s a nice place to look at stuff you don’t commonly see in American stores. One year he bought me the Authentic Norweigan Cookbook from Norway.
Yes, despite this being called Viking Salt, I found it in the French cooking store. It is billed as a “long lost Viking recipe recently rediscovered.” I don’t know how true it is, but it is delicious. I forgot I had it until a couple of weeks ago when I found it in the back of the cabinet and decided to try it.
It has onion, smoked salt, turmeric, pepper and onion in it. I found it on Amazon too, so you don’t have to make the trek to Orlando to find your own bottle of it.
It’s good on roast chicken, but I’ve mostly been eating it with eggs. I put some of it in scrambled eggs and it is quite delicious! That’s what I ate for lunch while I was writing this post, actually.
There you go! Three seasoning salts that can really enhance some of your cooking! I hope you try them out and enjoy them.
Do you have any favorite seasoning salts? Share them with me so I can learn about more!