Lynn Stiegler of Ellicott City wrote in search of a spice recipe for blackening steak, chicken and other foods. She said that she and her husband are on a salt-free diet and the spice mixes she has seen sold commercially all contain salt.
While I did not receive any recipes directly from readers, an Internet search turned up a recipe submitted by Doug Bennett to allrecipes.com. Bennett says, "Eight ingredients and you've made your own salt-free Cajun seasoning mix at home." I mixed up his blend and rubbed it on a steak, which I let sit for about 20 minutes before cooking it in a very hot cast-iron skillet on high heat. This seasoning is so tasty that whether you are on a salt-free diet or not, you'll find many ways to enjoy it.
* Dorothy Bristol of Santa Rosa, Calif., would like to find a recipe from her childhood for a casserole her mother made with clams (probably canned), chopped tomatoes and soda-cracker crumbs.
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The nutritional analyses accompanying recipes in today's You section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.
blackening seasoning mix
(makes 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon ground dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Combine all the spices in a bowl and mix until evenly blended. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Per teaspoon: 9 calories, 0 grams protein, 0 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 2 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 1 milligram sodium