7 Ways With Cumin

A primary ingredient in chili powder and curry powder, this aromatic seed is a staple in American cooking and around the world.

  • Team Player
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Ana Kelly, Mindi Shapiro

    Team Player

    This spice has a distinctive taste that's nutty and slightly peppery. Cultures all over the world incorporate cumin into their cuisine, and it's often mixed with other spices for curry and taco seasoning. These recipes show how cumin's earthy flavor enriches everything from guacamole to vegetables to meat.

  • Avocado-Tomatillo Dip with Cumin Pita Chips

    Avocado-Tomatillo Dip with Cumin Pita Chips

    Buttery avocado and tart green Mexican tomatoes harmonize in this creamy dip. Although you can serve it with store-bought chips, do try it with the homemade pita chips flavored with crushed cumin seeds. They're a perfect match.
  • Game-Day Chili
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

    Game-Day Chili

    This foolproof chili is spicy without being too hot. Ground chuck simmers with chili powder, an extra hint of ground cumin, canned chilies, tomato sauce, beef broth, and a bottle of dark beer.
  • Spice-Crusted Salmon with Citrus Sauce
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Spice-Crusted Salmon with Citrus Sauce

    A mixture of whole cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, and panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) makes a flavorful crispy topping for baked salmon. The creamy sauce served on the side is flavored with ground cumin, citrus, and red pepper.
  • Moroccan Vegetable Stew
    Karen Steffens

    Moroccan Vegetable Stew

    Let your slow cooker take you to an exotic locale tonight as a host of spices, including ground cumin, simmer all day long with eggplant, cauliflower, zucchini, onion, canned tomatoes, chick peas, currants, and almonds.
  • Wilted Cabbage with Toasted Cumin
    Photography: Karry Hosford

    Wilted Cabbage with Toasted Cumin

    Pan roasted cumin seeds and sherry vinegar give a rich flavor to milder Savoy cabbage. It's a perfect and easy side dish for roasted meats. If you don't have Savoy cabbage, use a mild flavored Napa (Chinese cabbage) instead.
  • Chickpea Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette
    James Baigire

    Chickpea Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

    Mild chickpeas get a wake-up call with a spicy ground cumin vinaigrette, roasted bell peppers, feta cheese, capers, thyme, and parsley. Take this colorful side salad to picnics or to work and serve it cold or at room temperature.
  • Barbecue-Rubbed Pork Chops
    Lee Harrelson

    Barbecue-Rubbed Pork Chops

    Ground cumin is the focal point of a simple spice rub used to coat skillet-cooked pork chops. Make extra of the flavorful rub because you'll want to try it on chicken, pork tenderloin, and beef.

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