Top 10 Herbs and Spices needed for a Well-Stocked Kitchen!


I get a lot of people who ask about my spice rack- what do I keep in my kitchen, since we cook at home so much. I made a list of what I use, then I polled my Facebook friends. Below is a reflection of what we use most at home, plus what most of my foodie friends use too all combined into a handy dandy top ten list!

I prefer spices and herbs from Penzey’s– They have the best quality and a wide variety. They tend to be a little more expensive, but they are very high-quality herbs and spices, and you will use much less than their cheaper counterparts. If you have a Penzey’s store near you, it’s worth checking out. Join their mailing list- they frequently have coupons for freebies and really good deals (and free shipping sometimes too if you don’t live close to a store). Penzey’s also sells their spices on Amazon!

  1. Mural of Flavor
  2. Cinnamon
  3. Cumin
  4. Chili Powder
  5. Italian Seasoning
  6. Oregano
  7. Ginger
  8. Bay Leaves
  9. Paprika
  10. Turkish Seasoning

These are of course in addition to Table Salt, Kosher Salt, a pepper mill for freshly cracked pepper, roasted garlic, granulated garlic, toasted onions, onion powder, and air-dried shallots. For me, these are pantry staples and every kitchen should have them, as they are used in so many recipes, in addition to the 10 above.


Talk Back: What are some of your favorite seasonings?

12 thoughts on “Top 10 Herbs and Spices needed for a Well-Stocked Kitchen!

  1. Betsy Carter September 17, 2019 / 3:45 pm

    This is a fantastic list! I’ve used Penzey’s spices before but haven’t tried the Mural of Flavor. Sounds interesting, I may have to pop over to the website and check it out.


  2. Kelly Martin September 18, 2019 / 12:07 am

    Herbs and spices are great for adding flavour to food. Ginger is one of my favourites.


  3. Sonia Seivwright September 18, 2019 / 2:14 am

    Great list. I can just taste the flavour of them all.


  4. Dreams Abroad September 18, 2019 / 3:24 am

    I really need to use more Bay Leaves as I have had meals with them. I love the flavor but just don’t know how to use them. Thank you for the post.


  5. jamnesreen September 18, 2019 / 8:12 am

    My favorite seasoning is hands down the chili powder. I legit cannot eat a meal without seasoning it with chili. My love for spicy foods shows ❤


  6. The Sunny Side Lifestyle Co. September 18, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    Most of these are essentials in my kitchen too! There were two that I didn’t know what they were and needed further explanation on: Mural of Flavor and Turkish Seasoning. Both sound delicious and I’ll be trying them out the next time I’m grilling!


  7. Lene Andersen September 18, 2019 / 5:38 pm

    Great list! I have most of these, but a few were new to me. Turkish seasoning and Mural of Flavour sound intriguing. And! Air dried shallots. What a fantastic idea! I need to check out Penzeys… (PS also pinned)


  8. Trish September 19, 2019 / 3:24 am

    That’s a good selectuion – pretty similar to what I have in my pantry now.


  9. Smita September 19, 2019 / 4:13 am

    I’m an Indian so I have a huge rack full of spices! My favourites are cardamom & cloves – they give such a great flavour, both to savoury as well as sweet dishes.


  10. Kaye September 19, 2019 / 1:51 pm

    Great list — I’ve slowly created a great stock of spices that I use every day! My favorite things is using Bay Leaves to recreate Chipotle rice 🙂


  11. Snehal September 20, 2019 / 6:14 am

    I have got it all sorted. BTW thanks for reminding me. We are out of oregano, need to restock it soon!


  12. Alyssa Ahern September 20, 2019 / 2:05 pm

    I’ve never heard of Turkish seasoning! But I have almost everything else stocked in my kitchen. It’s a bad day if I ever run out of cumin haha!


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