Spice Cuisine: American Spices and Seasonings

Over centuries of immigration and integration, American cuisine has become as diverse as its people. Different regions have cultivated their own cuisines, each as broad as the cultures that thrive there. The United States has become a melting pot of foods from around the world—melding cooking styles and ingredients to form innovative and sometimes odd fusions.

Wikipedia, a free internet encyclopedia, lists the following varieties as a sample of different styles of American cuisine: American Chinese, barbecue, California, Euro-Asian, fast food, Midwestern, New England, New York City, Pennsylvania Dutch, Puerto Rican, Southern, Cajun, Creole, soul food, Tex-Mex, Southwestern, and Suburban.

Within this vast array of styles, these foods are considered to be uniquely American: Boston baked beans, brownies, buffalo wings, Chicago-style pizza, chocolate chip cookies, chop suey, corn dogs, corn on the cob, fortune cookies, fudge, grits, gumbo, hot dish, hush puppies, jambalaya, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, pecan pie, pralines, Philly cheese steak, pumpkin pie, scrapple, shoo-fly pie, sloppy joes, sweet potato casserole, turkey and cranberry sauce, and whoopie pies.

With such diveristy of foods, it would be difficult to narrowly focus the wide range of spices and herbs used by American cooks. Almost every conceivable seasoning flavor is in use in some form by some type of American cuisine. The following list are those spices and blends we feel typify some particularly American dish, and herbs and spices that are native to America.

For ways to use these spices and seasonings, check out our American recipes section.

Apple Pie Spice

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Apple Pie Spice is a sweet spice combination that makes the most delicious apple pie, but it's also useful for many other bakery delights! Besides b…

Back of the Yards Garlic Pepper Butcher's Rub

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Watch The Spice Boss mix up this blend! This is possibly our best grilling mixture, and one of our top selling spice blends. Pepper, garlic and s…

Northern Style Barbeque Seasoning

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Northern Style Barbeque Seasoning is sweet and spicy, without being hot. It has a rich, savory flavor that's perfect for the whole family. Use th…

California Sweet Basil, Dehydrated Broken Leaf

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Basil has now become the most popular herb used in this country. Basil, garlic and tomatoes form an unbeatable trio. Until recently, French basil h…

California Bay Leaves

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California Bay Leaves have a very strong, eucalyptus-like flavor. While most cooks prefer the more subtle flavor of Turkish bay leaves, the pungent …

Beef Roast Seasoning

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Beef Roast Seasoning is one of our best blends for pot roast or other slow-cooked cuts of meat. It has a rich, savory taste that brings out the meat…

Bell Peppers, Red or Green Dehydrated Diced Pieces

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Bell Peppers are very sweet and colorful, with a concentrated flavor. It takes 10 pounds of fresh raw bell peppers to make one pound of these dehydr…

Bicentennial Seasoning

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Bicentennial Seasoning was added to our product line in 1976 to highlight our country's bicentennial anniversary. We tried to go back in time to the…

Bridgeport Seasoning

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Bridgeport Seasoning is one of our best seasonings for potatoes, so we emphasized its Irish affiliation by naming it after this famous Chicago Irish …

Turkey and Poultry Brining Blend

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The latest incarnation for Thanksgiving turkeys comes in the form of brining. While this is certainly not a new concept, it is a tried and true metho…

Brisket of Love BBQ Seasoning Rub

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This seasoning was created by one of our former staff members, Steven Tobiason. Steven had a flair for creating really good blends, and he worked wit…

Bronzeville "Galena Street" Rib Rub

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Bronzeville Rib Rub is known as Galena Street Rib Rub in our original Milwaukee Spice House location, where it was developed many years ago. To this…

Butter Natural Flavor for Baking

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This great tasting, clear, natural butter flavor can be used in any baking application. Heat stable, this flavor has a well rounded, sweet, creamy pr…

Buttermilk Dressing Base

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Buttermilk Dressing Base is a popular choice for ranch-style dressing. You’ll be surprised how much better it tastes when you mix it up yourself. …

Cajun Seasonings, Regular Spicy, Extra Hot, Or Salt Free

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Cajun Seasonings are useful, whether you’re a Cajun cook or not. This is the flavor you get when you taste a blackened dish; just be aware that th…

California Seasoned Pepper Blend

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California Seasoned Pepper is one of our best sodium free blends. No salt, no msg, no sugar. No warning label necessary! Many of our customers have…

Celery Flakes, Coarse Cut Or Fine Cut

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These dehydrated celery flakes are twice as strong as the fresh vegetable, so use only about half as much in your recipe. Add celery flakes to chick…

Celery Salt

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Celery salt is a classic mixture of fine-grained salt and ground celery seed. Sprinkle a little celery salt on pork roast, beef roast, vegetables, …

Celery Seed, Whole Or Ground

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Celery seed's most popular usage is in coleslaw and potato salads. Celery seed is a small, somewhat bitter, seed often found as an ingredient in col…

Chesapeake Bay Seasoning

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Chesapeake Bay Seasoning contains about 20% less salt than standard seafood seasonings and is quite nice on virtually any type of fish or seafood. D…

Chicago Old Town Premium Spiced Sugar

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Chicago Old Town Premium Spiced Sugar is a delightful variation of our hand-made vanilla sugar —for a more sophisticated taste. We start with our …

Chicago Steak Seasoning

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Chicago Steak Seasoning is a smoky, garlicky seasoned salt and pepper loved by DA GUYS DAT LUV DA BEARS! This is a meat-lover’s dream seasoning. S…

Chip Dip Seasoning

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Chip Dip Seasoning is an easy fix. Just mix 2-3 teaspoons into 1 cup sour cream for a tasty dip for chips or veggies. The nice thing about making y…

Indonesian "Korintje" Cassia Cinnamon, Ground

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Cinnamomum burmannii The standard cinnamon used in most Western applications. This is the cinnamon flavor with which we are most familiar. From Ind…

Corn, Freeze Dried Super Sweet

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This is super-sweet corn picked and then freeze-dried at the peak of sweetness. It is so sweet that you might think it was sweetened with sugar, but …

Creamy Peppercorn Dip and Dressing Mix

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Creamy Peppercorn blend is a versatile seasoning that can be mixed with several variations of ingredients to make a very low-fat salad dressing or an…

Glace De Volaille Gold

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Makes four cups of roasted turkey stock. We need ask only one question here: How important is your Thanksgiving Day turkey gravy? Includes More Than…

Dill Dip Mix

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Dill Dip Mix makes a very tasty dip for crackers, chips or crudites. Add 4 teaspoons per cup of sour cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, cream cheese or…

Fennel Pollen, Organic

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Fennel Pollen has a flavor that is incredible--like taking the fennel seed, sweetening it and then intensifying it a hundred times. In an article fo…

Florida Seasoned Pepper

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Florida seasoned pepper is a super flavorful salt-free blend, and it's a Spice House favorite! This no-salt blend may surprise you. Anyone ordered b…

Gateway To The North Maple Garlic Seasoning

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Sweet and savory, "Gateway to the North" Maple-Garlic Seasoning is one of our most interesting blends. A staff favorite, this blend is delicious on …

Hickory Smoke Salt

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A great way to add smoke flavor without the fire. This blend is very strong, and a little bit will go a long way. This is a natural smoke flavor on…

Pullman Pork Chop Seasoning

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Historic Pullman Pork Chop Seasoning is our best spice blend for pork chops. This blend was named for the historic area of Chicago where they develo…

Lake Shore Drive Seasoning

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Lake Shore Drive Seasoning is our best seasoning for fish or vegetables. Beautiful, scenic Lake Shore Drive displays a cornucopia of both man's and…

Little Italy "New York City" Style Italian Herb Blend

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Little Italy New York City Style Herbs is a jazzier version of Italian Herbs which includes garlic and lemon zest. Similar to our Italian herb mixtu…

Maple Natural Flavor Blend

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This highly concentrated maple flavor tastes like real maple syrup, but is much stronger. It can be used for beverages, baking, and ice cream. A few …

Milwaukee Avenue Steak Seasoning

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Milwaukee Avenue Seasoning is a Spice House favorite for seasoning steak and especially hamburgers. This blend is known as Mitchell Street Steak Seas…

Milwaukee Iron Seasoning

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Milwaukee Iron Seasoning is a nice Southwestern blend that's heavy on the garlic and chipotle smoked jalepeno chiles. This blend was created to co…

Mr. Spice House Salt Free Seasoning Blend

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Mr. Spice House is a no-salt seasoning spice that's both flavorful and colorful. Mrs. Dash, meet Mr. Spice House! We received so many requests for a…

Ozark Fried Chicken Seasoning

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Ozark Fried Chicken Seasoning is great on so much more than fried chicken! Try it on fried catfish, grilled pork chops, or to make seasoned croutons.…

Poultry Stuffing Seasoning

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Poultry stuffing blend has all the spices already mixed together for your holiday turkey stuffing. This spice blend is also known as New England Sag…

Pumpkin Pie Spice

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Pumpkin Pie Spice is all the spices you need for your pumpkin pie, freshly ground and mixed together at The Spice House. We use only the highest qua…

Regional America Salt-Free Seasoning Blends Gift Box

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The Spice House Regional America Salt Free Gift Box features a very tasty selection of seasonings especially formulated to bring you rich, resounding…

Rocky Mountain Seasoning Dip and Dressing Mix

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Rocky Mountain Seasoning is a great, fresh seasoning for salads or vegetables. Try this blend over steamed broccoli or cauliflower. It makes a delici…

Root Beer Natural Extract

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Root beer is brewed with a complex blend of ingredients like wintergreen, vanilla, licorice and other flavors. In addition to beverages, this flavor …

Hawaiian Black Lava Or Red Alaea Sea Salt

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Premium Hawaiian natural sea salts have a unique combination of taste, color, and mineral content. Both the black lava salt and the red alaea clay s…

Shrimp & Crab Boil Whole Spices Blend

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Shrimp and Crab Boil Spice is a flavorful, traditional blend for boiling shrimp, crab or lobster. Interestingly, we have found this combination of sp…

Southwestern Seasoning

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This flavorful blend just sings with the favorite flavors of the Southwest. Flavorful and tangy yet not overly hot, Southwestern seasoning adds a nic…

Old Taylor Street Cheese Sprinkle

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Old Taylor Street Cheese Sprinkle is named for a Chicago neighborhood with a long history of Italian campanilismo, or sense of place. It remains tod…