The Best Spices for Beef? Depends on Your Cut

By Melissa Schneider August 15, 2013 No Comments

Before you grab that spice rub off the rack, consider what’s cooking.  As it turns out, the best spices for beef depend a lot on the cut.

Roast Beef

As Chef Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York says:

“All cuts of beef have a different flavor profile: There is the big beefy flavor of the strip steak, the luxurious tenderness of filet mignon, and the juicy, fatty mouthfeel of a great rib eye. Skirt steak is a juicy cut that is great served as an open-faced sandwich. Hanger steak has an offal quality to it and is different from all the others. Braised short ribs pick up all of the flavors of what they are cooked with, developing layers of deep, dark beef flavor after being cooked on the bone for hours.”

Take his wisdom to your kitchen:  Check our handy list to see which spices go with the type of beef you’re using, and expect a mouth-watering flavor pairing!

And don’t skimp on the spices–their quality matters too.  Try our artisan spices today, ground fresh in Denver, Colorado, in small batches to ensure quality and flavor.

Spices That Go with Beef in General: basil, bay leaf, chives, cilantro, ginger, horseradish, hyssop, mint, oregano, parsley (flat-leaf), rosemary, tarragon, thyme

Beef Brisket: bay leaf, horseradish, rosemary, thyme

Beef Cheeks: bay leaf, celery root, chives, horseradish, rosemary, tarragon, thyme

Kobe Beef: chives, ginger, horseradish, truffles (black)

Beef Loin (shell, sirloin, tenderloin): ginger, rosemary (fresh), thyme, wasabi

Beef Oxtail: basil, bay leaf, ginger, parsley (flat-leaf), thyme

Roast Beef: horseradish, rosemary, thyme

Beef Round: cilantro, parsley

Beef Shank: ginger, green onions

Short Ribs: basil, bay leaf, celery root, chervil, chives, cilantro, ginger, horseradish, oregano, parsley (flat-leaf), rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme (fresh)

Spices that go with Steak in General: basil, bay leaf, celery root, chives, cilantro, filletginger (fresh), herbes de Provence, horseradish, lemongrass, parsley (flat-leaf), rosemary, scallions, tarragon, watercress



Filet Mignon: rosemary, thyme

Flank Steak: cilantro, oregano

Hanger Steak: celery root, ginger, scallions, thyme

Rib-Eye Steak: oregano, rosemary

Skirt Steak: oregano, parsley (flat-leaf), rosemary, scallions, thyme

Quote and herb suggestions from The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg.

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