What Herbs and Spices Do You Cook With?

In my book Healing Herbs and Spices, I list 35 of the most popular herbs and spices including how to best use them in cooking and their health benefits.   Many people don’t realize that herbs and spices have two benefits – one is that they make the food taste better and the other is that they help improve your health!

When I cook, I try to use a variety of herbs and spices.  Sometimes I even make specific meals using a particular spice to help heal some sort of illness I might be experiencing.  And I try to use turmeric in a meal (or smoothie) at least once a week because that spice is so good for your health.

Mostly, I find that I use my favorite herbs and spices the most.  Basil, cinnamon, garlic and ginger are the ones I mainly use.

Do you have specific herbs and spices that you always use?  If so, what are they?  Do you try to incorporate other herbs and spices in your cooking or just stick with your old stand-bys?

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69 Responses to “What Herbs and Spices Do You Cook With?”

  1. Dani says:

    Thanks Lee! I added several herbs and spices to my garden and collection based on what I read in this book!

  2. Saffron. Anything with Saffron wins in my book. Too bad it’s more expensive than Plutonium.

  3. Leslie says:

    I’m a herb junkie, I swear. I keep buying new herbs or herb mixes every time I go to the store. And I use them too, in some cases I might even make a specific recipe just to try out a herb I just picked up. Yes, I’m crazy, I know LOL

    My favorite one is saffron, just like Michael. Not cheap, but if I’m making paella, I can’t do it without the real thing :)

  4. Nichelle Clemons says:

    A bay leaf takes most savory dishes a long ways.

  5. Chasity Boatman says:

    I put different herbs depending on the recipe. Bay leaf, saffron, oregeno, etc.

  6. Peter says:

    never underestimate the importance of oregano

  7. Allan says:

    I’m big on rosemary.

  8. Sherry Compton says:

    My daughter loves to cook with all kinds of herbs and spices. She uses several forms of garlic, coarsely ground black pepper, basil, cumin, curry, rosemary, ginger…just depends on what she feels like making.

  9. Lisa Brown says:

    I like oregano in many dishes.

  10. marlena c says:

    I put black pepper on everything!

  11. courtney b says:

    arregano and basil!!

  12. sarah bernzott says:

    I grow my own herbs and spices during the summer and use them dried during the winter. I especially love cinnamon and vanilla!

  13. Angie says:

    Turmeric is great.

  14. Sarah says:

    I absolutely love your blog! Thank you so much for helping us learn more about healthy ways to eat! :)

    I tend to use a lot of curry and safron in my cooking.

  15. Wendy Chapman says:

    I use salt and pepper, cinnamon, thyme, sage.. and a few others.

  16. Ileana A. says:

    I little black pepper and garlic, I just love the smell while i’m cooking!

  17. Devona Fryer says:

    Lots of pepper!

  18. suburban prep says:

    I use basil and oregano and garlic but I also have fresh rosemary at the ready.

  19. Linda F says:

    I like keeping things simple; salt, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg, depending on what I’m making!

  20. Ash says:

    I love cumin and put it in just about everything. And cayenne is great too.

  21. Carla Bonesteel says:

    I love pepper…

  22. Christine M says:

    I love using thyme and different kinds of pepper, freshly ground.

  23. anna rivers says:

    My go to spices are definitely Basil and oregano

  24. Annalisa Linder says:

    I use cumin, garlic, paprika and lemon pepper the most

  25. lisa lo says:

    Garlic powder, chili powder, dried onions

  26. Kristina Sullins says:

    I like cumin and currey

  27. Terry Cross says:

    I use a lot of garlic and black pepper

  28. Vicki Hicks says:

    white peppet is the best

  29. Vicki Hicks says:

    I like white pepper

  30. Blanka Roundtree says:

    Love Cilantro and Cinnamon and use it almost in every recipe

  31. denise says:

    well it depends but my biggest season is seasing salt. but also italian seasoning

  32. dena olsen says:

    rosemary, tyme, salt, pepper, lemon & lime

  33. Laura Royal says:

    I love using dill, rosemary, tarragon, chives, basil, oregano, pepper, and garlic

  34. Bekzodbek says:

    I use garlic, cinnamon and pepper.

  35. Lisa F. says:

    Garlic is wonderful! :)

  36. Betsy Neville says:

    Saffron, bay leaf, oregano, garlic, etc.

  37. Phoenixx says:

    Black pepper, chili powder, paprika, cayenne

  38. Barbara Montag says:

    I cook with a lot of garlic, cumin and coriander – love spices!
    Thank you.

  39. tls simms says:

    garlic and parsley thanks simmsmba@gmail.com

  40. Kim D. says:

    I liking using basil and garlic.

  41. Amy Austin says:

    Onion, garlic, and cinnamon

  42. shannon says:

    I use salt, pepper and garlic. I’m not a very good cook.

  43. Sue Barney says:

    I use a variety of herbs basil paprika, fennel sometimes parsley some mints…

  44. bell says:

    I love rosemary and parsley

  45. Kenya says:

    My fave herbal treat this summer is Mint & Ginger tea! YUM! I brew them for about 10 minutes and than add a splash of lime or lemon and drop of honey. Typically I have it iced as its been 100+ here but it is excellent hot as well.

  46. Krystal M says:

    I usually use salt and pepper, but depending on what it is I may add garlic or other things.

  47. Amanda Phillips says:

    Not really an herb but I use onion powder in almost everything. Love the taste but hate the texture of onions! Other than that, its usually some mixture of Italian seasonings, garlic powder,and black pepper.

  48. Allison says:

    I use garlic and pepper in everything.

  49. Alyssa says:

    I use onion powder, cayenne, and lemon pepper a lot.

  50. Leanne Dupont says:

    It really depends on what I am making, but I seem to use garlic, sea salt, oregano, basil, thyme, and cinnamon the most.

  51. Jill H says:

    Salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, basil – really depends on what I’m cooking but I like using spices and herbs

  52. Ella Tep says:

    oregano, rosemary and fresh basil are my favorites!

  53. Angelique Drummond says:

    I use all kinds of spices. Just depends on the type of food I’m cooking. Seasonings and spices add so much to the flavor of a dish. There are however a few that I just don’t care for. I don’t like rosemary or cilantro. Taste like pine needles and dish soap to me. lol!
    I love italian seasonings best like oregano and basil.

  54. Christy Maurer says:

    Some herbs and spices I use are seasoned salt, garlic, onion, oregano, and chili powder.

  55. T Erickson says:

    I use garlic and onion powder a lot. I also enjoy cooking with cayenne and chili powder.

  56. sherry jennings says:

    I use a variety of seasons depends on what I cook.

  57. kate f. says:

    I’m a pesto freak, so naturally I’m big fan of basil :) I also love cilantro, garlic, cumin…

  58. Karen Farrow says:

    cinnamon, pepper, salt, garlic powder

  59. Laura M. says:

    Basil, Oregano, Italian blend, Poultry seasoning, pepper…

  60. Ali Goff says:

    I love cinnamon and garlic. For different dishes though, obviously. :)

  61. Rita A says:

    I like using oregano and cilantro

  62. tracy says:

    lots and lots of garlic!!1

  63. Trisha Booth says:

    Love to use tarragon, basil, sage, rosemary, dill, parsley, chives and oregano, all grown in my herb garden.

  64. well I really love the new garlic Mrs Dash right now!

  65. Tian A. says:

    Garlic, pepper, ginger

  66. I love using garlic, chopped onion, pepper and lots of other herbs and spices!

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