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Flavor profiles that pair well in recipes

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spice1When you are creating in the kitchen, every dish is inspired by flavor.  When we understand the essence of ingredients which comprises of their function and flavor, the more successful our dishes will turn out.  Also knowing how to pair spices along with fresh, whole foods also heavily relies on their each individual quality, and freshness. Take produce as an example… knowing if it is ripe or not will greatly effect how you “season” a dish.

Spices and herbs should never overtake a dish.  They are there to enhance and to support other ingredients.  Use a light hand when first adding, even when following another person’s recipe.  We all have unique taste receptors and flavors need to be tailored to each person.

I read a quote that really spoke to me, and I hope it does to you as well.  “Good cooking is an art, as well as a form of intense pleasure… A recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation.”  ~ Madame Jehane Benoit

Never be afraid to take one recipe… transforming it with new and exciting flavors. The guide below will help you.





Resources are a mixed combination from: Askabout.com, and my own dabbling.

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50 thoughts on “Flavor profiles that pair well in recipes

  1. Annie says:

    What a wonderful chart! I, too, often puzzle over what will work well together of the various things I happen to have on hand. And I like how this goes both sweet and savory . You are good… ;-)

    • amie-sue says:

      Thanks Annie, I love this chart. It comes in real handy! I hope to one day have it committed to memory! :) For me, it really opened up my eyes and possibilities! Love and hugs, amie sue

  2. FOODESSA says:

    This is excellent and will prove very helpful. I found your site because I was looking for a pairing to go into my plum jam.

    Again, thank you for putting this together.

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

  3. Emily says:

    I have to make shakes from time to time for demonstrations to show how good my company’s products are and this chart comes in handy when I decide to pair a shake with some fruit =D It’s a health company and the shakes are the best so adding fruit just makes it crazy good. It would be neat to be able to click on any of the fruit listed in the categories, for instance when it says cranberry and then lists the pairings it would be cool to be able to click on one of the pairings and get more in depth info on it. Like chocolate is savory and sweet and can be melted ect. Would have me on here for days looking at all the things this offers >_<

  4. Rebekah says:

    This is wonderful! May I suggest adding cinnamon to mango’s pairings? While growing up in Uganda, we always made mango cobbler with cinnamon; it was somehow similar to peach cobbler and was so good.

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  5. SamCyn says:

    Hi-

    Wow what a great list you’ve put together! I just came across your list while searching for ingredients that pair well with guava…may I suggest lime and coconut as a pairing? Thanks!

  6. Shakti says:

    Thanks for this, i am playing around with pomegranates, basil and chocolate today….wanting to a do a simple little recipe for my newsletter..and came across this list thankyou so very much great work and lovely website
    blessings
    Shakti x
    i LOVE vanilla have this great new guinea stuff and lavender is one of my all time faves i use it in raw chocolate, cooked cakes, raw balls.. with vanilla…and on its own, rosemary lavender and honey are great…for me at least

    • amie-sue says:

      Great to hear from you Shakti. :) It’s really amazing to learn all the neat complimenting flavorings… It’s a list that will forever grow! Your combo sounds wonderful. Have a blessed day, amie sue

  7. Megan says:

    Thanks for the handy info! I used it just now to pair almonds with orange.

    I also wanted to tell you that “Profiles” is misspelled on the tab title.

  8. KalDraken says:

    There is a book called The Flavor Bible that you should check out sometime.

  9. lisa says:

    This list is fantastic! I keep coming back to it while playing with jam flavors. Thank you!

  10. Andrew says:

    You’ve given me so many ideas and saved me days (literally) of trial and error.
    Fantastic resource, thank you!

  11. kimming says:

    thank you…..

  12. Kirsten says:

    Can you get some flavors that go with rosewater?

  13. Jenn says:

    I just want to thank you for posting this, I’ve been working on creative flavour pairings for a baking competition I have coming up and this chart was something I referred to multiple times!

    • amie-sue says:

      You are welcome Jenn… I am thrilled that you find use in it! Thanks for letting me know. Have a great evening, amie sue

  14. Maureen Vandal says:

    Thanks!

  15. bro says:

    lychee goes well with star anise

  16. miss t says:

    hi, thank you for posting this. it’s very handy. I already save it to my favorites ;) however, I’m looking for fruits that go well with mint and noticed that you don’t have it listed. any suggestion pls other than strawberry?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Miss,

      Mint is especially good with pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, citrus, and watermelon, even cantaloupe. Have a great day, amie sue

  17. Amanda says:

    Hi Amie Sue! Thank you for this list! I’m a barista who is always looking for new flavor combos for coffee and smoothies. Had a DELICIOUS banana, mango, and cinnamon smoothie this morning. Cinnamon helps reduce blood sugar so it’s great in a sugary drink, for my body anyway. Thank you again. Have a great day! – Amanda

    • amie-sue says:

      You are welcome Amanda… so happy that you find it helpful. I can imagine in your line of talent of being a barista. Bob and I always admire the art that you all can do within a small mug of coffee. hehe Have a blessed weekend, amie sue

  18. Hi Amie Sue,

    Thanks for putting together this great chart! I’m giving your blog mention in my Tuesday Tidbits this week with a link and credit back to you, of course.
    Love this!

  19. Wow, this is a wonderful chart. Thank you so much!

  20. Pam says:

    What about lavender ?

  21. karen says:

    Lychee pairs well with strawberries as well

  22. Michelle says:

    I am a baker by trade and was looking for fruit pairings for my scones. I hit the jackpot with your list. Today I baked lime and toasted coconut scones and lemon ginger scones. What a hit! The possibilities are endless. Thank you!

  23. Terje says:

    This is such an excellent resource! I open it up pretty much every time I happen to need some flavour inspiration for a new dish. Thank you for putting this together :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Your welcome Terje…. I refer to it a lot myself and I am always adding as I discover new things. :) Thanks for letting me know. Have a blessed day, amie sue

  24. Adam says:

    Thanks this was very helpful! What pairs with saffron though? I didn’t see it mentioned. I’ve paired it with cumin and thyme, but what else?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Adam, well, it’s about time I get that one added to the list! :) Saffron pairs with almond, apples, basil, some citrus fruits, cilantro, cinnamon, citrus, garlic, honey, pistachio, rose water, rosemary, thyme, tomatoes, for starters!

  25. Gail says:

    What an amazing resource. Thanks for the info. As they say “I’ll be back.” Already got you bookmarked. Gail

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