Dear Lisa: I have a recipe that calls for “seasoned flour”. Can I use self-rising flour? I know that it contains salt. Thank you. -- Jonathan P.
Dear Jonathan: Seasoned flour is just that — all-purpose flour with a variety of herbs and seasonings added to enhance flavor.
While self-rising flour does contain salt, it also contains baking powder, which adds leavening to the flour which is unnecessary and possibly unfavorable.
Seasoned flour is used to coat chicken, shrimp, fish, steak and vegetables before frying. It can also be used to thicken and flavor pan sauces.
While you can purchase seasoned flour at the market, you can easily make your own, and you don’t really need a specific recipe.
Commonly added seasonings include salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders, paprika, red pepper, and herbs such as parsley, oregano and the like.
Use your judgment and personal preference to create your favorite flavor profiles. Or you can start with seasoning blends such as Tony Chachere’s or Montreal seasoning and layer in additional flavors.
A good rule of thumb would be to use a combined total of several tablespoons of seasonings per cup of flour. Use enough seasoning to impart a flavorful aroma to the flour.
Store seasoned flour in an airtight container.
- Lisa Fritz, a longtime Bryan food and nutrition educator, answers readers’ questions about food, cooking and recipes. Her email address is email@example.com.
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