Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Spike Seasoning
Recently I created an archives page for all the Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks
posts I’ve written (featuring products I love and buy over and over again) and I was surprised to realize I’d never written an official pick for Spike Seasoning
. How did that happen, when this blend of spices is something I use almost daily? Then I found a post back in 2005 where I’d written about Spike, so I’m just updating that post here instead of cluttering up the interwebs!Truly my love for Spike has not wavered to the current day, despite some of the anti-Spike comments (which are still there from the original post.) Spike has been sold for more than 50 years, so I think it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who likes it!
I like the flavor Spike adds to egg dishes, salads, stews and soups, marinades, and roasted vegetables. I think it adds a little extra something to dishes where you want a complex blend of flavors; I probably wouldn’t use it for a dish where you want one flavor to dominate.Spike was originally created by Gayelord Hauser and is made by Modern Products. What’s in it? Here’s a list of the 39 ingredients: Salt and sea salt, de-fatted nutri-soy granules, granular toasted onion, nutritional yeast, granular garlic, celery root granules, ground dill, horseradish granules, mustard powder, lemon peel, orange powder, parsley flakes, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, white pepper, rose hips powder, summer savory, mushroom powder, safflower, parsley powder, white onion powder, spinach powder, tomato powder, sweet Hungarian paprika, ground celery seed, cayenne pepper, ground turmeric, ground cumin, ground ginger, ground coriander, ground fenugreek, ground cloves, cinnamon powder, plus a delightful herbal bouquet of the best Greek oregano, French tarragon, French sweet basil, French marjoram, French rosemary and Spanish Thyme. Spike comes with or without salt. It contains no chemical free flowing agents and the label says “No added MSG.” There is 24 mg. potassium in the salt free variety per serving. Spike has quite a collection of flavors, but it works amazingly well. Spike is often sold near the health foods, although some grocery stores carry it near the spices in Utah.
(Edit – read the debate in the comments about “no added” MSG for clarification. I personally am not concerned about MSG or sensitive to it, and based on what I learned when I wrote this post about MSG for Blogher I consider it to be safe. However, Spike is not Paleo or Whole 30 because it contains soy granules, so substitute another all-purpose seasoning for it if you’re following one of those.)
If you live in the U.S. you can probably find Spike near health foods in your grocery store, or in a health food store. If not, you can buy Spike Seasoning from Amazon.com.
More about Spike:
Lydia from The Perfect Pantry also wrote about Spike Seasoning.
Some of Kalyn’s Favorite Recipes Using Spike Seasoning:
Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms with Spike Seasoning
Cottage Cheese and Egg Breakfast Muffins with Mushrooms and Feta Cheese
Roasted Mushrooms with Tarragon Vinaigrette
Foil-Wrapped Grilled Butternut Squash with Sage
Grilled Eggplant with Garlic-Cumin Vinaigrette, Feta, and Two Herbs
Mushroom Lover’s Frittata with Spinach and Cheese
Chickpea Salad with Olives and Herbs
Grilled Chicken with Tarragon-Mustard Marinade
Breakfast Casserole with Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, and Feta
Stuffed Zucchini with Brown Rice, Ground Beef, Red Pepper, and Basil
Swiss Chard and Mushroom Squares
Other Bloggers Who Cook with Spike:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Friendly, check ingredients.)
Spike Chicken Filets from Stephanie’s Kitchen (a Utah blog!)
Mom’s Beef and Noodles from My Humble Kitchen
Spinach and Cheese Muffins from Chick in the Kitchen
Classic Macaroni and Cheese from The Culinary Chase
Quick and Easy Turkey Meatloaf from Christine Cooks
Fresh Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry from Ginger Lemon Girl
Chicken Mushroom Marinara Bake from Ginger Lemon Girl
Basic Pantry List from Christine Cooks Vegetarian
Are you a fan of Spike?
If you have your own favorite recipe using Spike Seasoning, please share the link or your recipe idea in the comments!
Just in Case You’re Wondering:
I purchased Spike Seasoning myself and this company has no idea whatsoever that I’m writing about their product. All items featured as Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks are things I happily buy over and over, and so readers will know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I don’t accept review products from the many companies who offer to send them to me.More Personal Picks from Kalyn
You can see the complete list of products I’ve chosen to feature at Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks