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The Art of Seasoning: Tips for Balancing Flavors and Enhancing Dishes

Seasoning is an art that transforms ordinary food into extraordinary gourmet dishes. From adding salt or herbs to lemon juice squeezed over to elevate dishes, seasoning is something everyone can and should master.  

And with so many people cooking on a daily basis - 60% of women and 33% of men - we believe that everyone can take their game up a notch and enjoy better meals.

In this article, we'll go over five key tips that can help bring out the best in their dish.

Acknowledging the Flavor Profile of the Dish

To start seasoning properly, it's essential that you understand the flavor profile of the dish you are creating. Every component has a distinctive taste; understanding how they interact will enable you to choose seasonings that enhance it. 

Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami are five basic tastes you should keep an eye out for. Paying attention to these flavor complexities allows you to craft foods with balance and harmony. For instance, adding salt can enhance the sweet flavor while lemon can bring everything together. But again, remember every dish is different and you will have to find the right seasoning for that particular flavor profile.

For instance, if you look on the internet for a guide on how to prepare boneless leg of lamb, you'll find recommendations for herbs like rosemary, which complement the rich, savory flavor of the lamb. A little bit of garlic adds complexity and depth, while just a sprinkle of salt not only enhances the lamb's inherent flavors but also bridges the various tastes, creating a harmonious balance.

For other dishes, you will need to take another approach. So remember, going over a couple of recipes will never hurt and will only help you make a better dish.

Salt Wisely

Salt is one of the basic seasonings. We use it to enhance flavors and highlight other components in a dish. However, its application should be balanced. Add small amounts at first, tasting as you go especially when creating dishes such as soups and sauces that develop over time. Remember that you can always add more salt but none can be removed once added. 

In addition to standard table salt, try using Himalayan pink salt, sea salt, or kosher salt; these all can add unique textures or elements for enhanced flavors. These add unique textures and flavor combinations that give dishes their unique textures or aromas.

Add Fresh Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices can give your dish an oriental taste like the ones from Indian cuisine or those you can get at a Moroccan market in Marrakech. It’s worth mentioning that fresh herbs offer an explosion of taste and color that dried herbs cannot match, which should be added near the end of the cooking process to preserve their rich flavors and colors.

Spices often release their full potential after having time to combine with other ingredients during preparation, so adding these at either the beginning or middle can really heighten their flavors and provide added depth to meals.

Balance Acidity and Sweetness

Acidity is one more element that can transform a dish. Lemon juice, vinegar, tomatoes, and more provide just the right amount of acidity to cut through the richness and highlight the main flavors in your recipe. Meanwhile, sweetness adds depth of flavor; adding sugar, honey or maple syrup can bring balance back in. 

The key here is moderation as adding these ingredients gradually will result in harmony.

Experiment With Textures

Texture plays an essential part in how we perceive and consume food and can be further accentuated through seasoning. For instance, adding crunchy nuts or seeds to a smooth soup might add delicious textural contrast while creamy ingredients like coconut milk or yogurt add sumptuousness to a dish that would otherwise be overly acidic or spicy. 

Consider texture as part of a seasoning system to produce more engaging and satisfying food experiences.


Seasoning is an art that demands experimentation. Understanding and employing these five strategies will enable you to craft delicious dishes with a delicate combination of flavors and textures that can transform them into culinary masterpieces. 

Keep this in mind while tasting constantly, making careful adjustments, experimenting, tasting again after every change, etc. In time you will develop an intuitive sense of how best to highlight each ingredient for unforgettable meals that showcase seasoning at its best.