Sazon is an important staple in traditional Puerto Rican cooking. I guarantee that when Sazon is added to a dish, it will taste amazing. It adds that extra something your taste buds crave. The biggest issue with Sazon that is sold in grocery stores is the content of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)! Seriously, the amount of sodium is pretty darn high. If you don’t know what MSG is please research it. I will say that it can cause weight gain-in a harmful way. Once I switched to a healthier lifestyle I was so upset when I couldn’t learned the truth about Sazon. I quickly got over that thought when I realized-Duh! I can give this a makeover.
In the recipe below I added salt. But the salt to spice ratio is small. You can omit the salt if you prefer. On the contrary, while using this in recipse you can add salt to coordinate with your taste buds.
- 2 tbsp achote powder
- 1 ½ tbsp granulated garlic powder
- 2 tsp granulated onion powder
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp pink sea salt*, optional
Note: Please noted that an packet of sazon is 1 1/2 tsp worth. I would recommend using 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon, per serving.
Note2: Salt: 1 teaspoon pink sea salt has 1700 mg of sodium. My recipe calls for 1 teaspoon. However, this is about 4 servings. That’s 425mg of sodium. So don’t be afraid to add it in there! There’s 840mg of sodium (don’t forget the msg!) in a packet of sazon.
- Add all ingredients in a bowl or in a small glass container. Give it a toss. That’s it!
What to add Sazon to: Home fries, [vegan] meats, eggs, rice – pretty much anything!
How much to add: Start with 1 tablespoon at a time but it really depends on what you’re making. Just sprinkle it across your dish. Remember you can add but can’t remove!
Store in a mason jar and treat it like all other seasonings in your cabinet.
Tip: Double or triple the ingredients so this blend does not have to be made all of the time. Why not make it as available as the salt in your kitchen!