Bal Arneson's Best Spice-Influenced Recipes

Bal breathes new life into everyday meals with her arsenal of aromatic seasonings.

Herb-Roasted Sticky Spareribs

Bal puts her entire spice collection to work when making these finger-licking-good ribs. They’re roasted on a bed of herbs and mopped with an equally fragrant glaze that contains hoisin sauce, ginger, paprika and more.

Get the Recipe: Herb-Roasted Sticky Spareribs with Honey-Glazed Grilled Carrots and Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Vegetable Omelet with Crisp Lettuce Salad

Kick-start your day with a nutritious omelet. Bal sprinkles paprika and fennel seeds into the filling to enhance the vegetables' natural flavors.

Get the Recipe: Vegetable Omelet with Crisp Lettuce Salad

Coconut-Marinated Lamb Chops

These lamb chops are first soaked in a coconut milk marinade, then grilled and served with tangy dill yogurt and a chile-flecked mango salsa. Talk about a flavor powerhouse!

Get the Recipe: Coconut-Marinated Lamb Chops with Yogurt Sauce and Mango and Avocado Salsa

Demo Derby Burgers

A mix of four meats — beef, pork, lamb and veal — keeps these hefty burgers juicy and complex, while cumin and coriander add a distinct Indian flavor to both the patties and the onion and mushroom topping.

Get the Recipe: Demo Derby Burgers with Sauteed Onions and Mushrooms and Grilled Corn

Garam Masala-Crusted Sablefish

Garam masala — a warm, sweet and slightly spicy blend of cloves, coriander and more — is not only packed with a ton of flavor, but it also possesses calming qualities. So it’s no surprise that Bal likes to whip up this spice-crusted sablefish after a big, stressful day.

Get the Recipe: Garam Masala Crusted Sablefish with Crispy Poached Eggs and Sauteed Mushrooms, Corn and Edamame

Whole-Wheat Blueberry Pancakes

Skip the boxed mix — you can make pancake batter from scratch in just a few minutes. Bal jazzes up her homemade rounds with a blueberry sauce that's brightened with orange juice, cinnamon and star anise.

Get the Recipe: Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

Seared Scallops and Prawns with Coconut Sauce

Aromatic spices tie together the different elements of Bal's elegant entree. Garam masala and fenugreek brighten up the seafood, which is paired with a creamy coconut sauce and minty tomato salsa.

Get the Recipe: Seared Scallops and Prawns with Coconut Sauce and Tomato Mint Salsa

Spice-Crusted Rib-Eye Steaks

Bal breathes new life into the classic steak and blue cheese combo by coating juicy rib eyes in energy-boosting spices like paprika and peppercorns. She rounds out the meal with helpings of cumin-dusted string beans and grilled yams.

Get the Recipe: Spice-Crusted Rib Eye Steaks with Coriander Blue Cheese, Grilled Yams and Sauteed Green Beans

Champagne Cosmo

Plenty of cocktails get a salt rim, but how often do you see one with paprika? Bal uses the smoky seasoning to balance out the floral notes of green cardamom in this bubbly sipper.

Get the Recipe: Champagne Cosmo

Fennel Crepes with Chocolate and Fresh Fruit

Impart Indian flair on this Parisian staple by adding cardamom and fennel to the crepe batter. The chocolate sauce also gets an infusion of spice: Cinnamon and cardamom mellow out the strong cocoa flavor.

Get the Recipe: Fennel Crepes with Chocolate and Fresh Fruit

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