Coriander is a flavor powerhouse. Its versatility and subtle flavor profile make it an excellent addition to both sweet and savory recipes. If you aren’t using it frequently, it is time to change up your recipes to include this powerful spice with a host of amazing health benefits.
Coriander and cilantro actually come from the same plant, the Coriandrum sativum plant, a member of the parsley family. The leafy greens are cilantro, while the plump, creamy brown seeds (the plant’s dried fruit) are coriander. Although they come from the same plant, the flavor comparison couldn’t be more different. Cilantro is a bold way to add fresh flavor, whereas coriander provides a slight flavor enhancement that blends perfectly with a variety of other flavors, lending complexity to rubs and marinades. Coriander adds a subtle complexity to tenderloin steak and enhances the natural flavors of the meat.
The History of Coriander
Native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Coriander has been a sought-after spice for millennia. Seeds have been discovered in ruins dating back to 5000 B.C. The original confetti, the Romans would throw sweetened balls of coriander during festivals and celebrations; the balls would break apart beautifully, spraying seeds upon the crowds.
Not only does the flavor of coriander enhance a variety of recipes, but it also carries a slew of health benefits. It’s rich in nutrients that are good for your body and are known to aid in digestion, help skin issues, and be beneficial for blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Coriander is rich in dietary fiber and minerals like copper, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, and magnesium. It also possesses ample amounts of vitamin C and intense anti-inflammatory properties.
Coriander offers a multifaceted flavor profile that allows it to subtlety add to both sweet and savory recipes. Whole coriander is known for its floral and citrus notes and tends to be lighter and sweeter. Whereas grinding the coriander seeds brings out the nuttier, more savory flavors of the seed. Due to its versatility, it’s the perfect addition to intricate seasoning blends.
Marries Well With
The flavor of coriander goes extremely well with garlic, lemongrass, parsley, basil, ginger, cinnamon, and paprika. However, coriander has such a mild flavor that it could find its way into many different flavor profiles and shine. Consider using coriander on your next tenderloin steak.
Recipe Suggestion: Tex-Mex Cowboy Rub
2 high-quality, delicious steaks
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 tsp dark brown sugar
1 ½ tsp ground coriander
1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 ½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Rub room temperature steaks with olive oil. Combine sugar and spices thoroughly in a small bowl. Rub steaks with this mixture. Cook steaks to your desired temperature and enjoy.
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About Snake River Farms
Snake River Farms is a family-owned beef business committed to total quality, sustainability, and the well-being of their animals. Founded in 1968, Snake River Farms has spent 50 years creating a company that is involved in every step of beef production, from start to finish. Their experience ensures that your meat is the best quality and the most delicious, be it their tenderloin steak or dry-aged beef.