Monday, July 16, 2007

Cracked Pepper Seasoning Blend

I've been doing extremely well in my goal of not buying lunch at work, and have been packing hearty and healthy lunches. One of the things that makes its way into my lunch most often is a nice piece of tilapia that's been seasoned and then either grilled or broiled. Not only is it healthy but it's also extremely easy to make.

This weekend, while grocery shopping, I came across a Cracked Seed Seasoning blend at my not-so-local Wegmans. As soon as I got home, I fired up the Foreman grill, liberally sprinkled it on a piece of tilapia, and promptly fell straight into love. Since Wegmans is about 50 minutes away, I immediately started trying to dissect the blend so I could try and make my own.

This recipe is pretty much spot on, although I did make a few adjustments for my own taste. The recipe makes about enough to well-season 4 large filets of fish, but it can easily be doubled or tripled. It would work well on seafood, and probably just as good on chicken or turkey. It would also make a pretty fantastic addition to a foodie gift basket.

Cracked Pepper Seasoning Blend I

Cracked Pepper Seasoning Blend
2 tbsp black peppercorns
2 tsp coriander seed
1/2 tsp dill seed
1/2 tsp crushed hot peppers
1 tsp dried minced garlic
1/2 tsp coarse kosher salt

Cracked Pepper Seasoning Blend II

In a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder, crush pepper, coriander, and dill seed to desired texture. Pour into bowl and stir in remaining ingredients. Note - I love a good pepper-crusted anything, so I deliberatly left my blend more coarse. Feel free to make yours as fine or as coarse as you desire.

Cracked Pepper Seasoning Blend III



Anonymous said...

Mmmmm, that looks great! That is some close-up you got there: at first I thought it had oatmeal and raisins in it, like a granola!

I think some toasted sesame seeds might feel right at home in there as well.

~ Peggasus

Anonymous said...

I love that you are a vegaquarian. I have had fun grinding up hot wasabi coated peas and putting it on tilapia...perhaps another idea for you

Anonymous said...

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Chris said...

This is wonderful! I love Tilapia..and am always looking for new ways to cook it. And, I am with you on the bring-your-lunch-to work. I actually have never brought fish to work...must try. I need the protein after dealing with teens all day! :)

Cynthia said...

I like these sort of blends. They bring everything they are sprinkled on to life.

Adam Baba said...

Thank you for this recipe! I recently used this spice mix from Wegmans and it is very good, but the closest Wegmans to me is also not so close. Your recipe is dead on.

I used equal parts of this and brown sugar on 2 salmon filets, then grilled them on cedar planks. Very easy to make and delicious.