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(Puerto Rican seasoning salt)

Sazón means "seasoning" in Spanish. In Puerto Rico, it also refers to a seasoned salt that is used everywhere in Puerto Rican cooking. The seasonings add not only flavor, but also a subtle orange hue to many dishes. Many island cooks use the store-bought Goya-brand version. Here is a homemade approximation.

Makes about 1/3 cup


  • Ground coriander -- 1 tablespoon
  • Ground cumin -- 1 tablespoon
  • Ground annatto seeds or paprika -- 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic powder -- 1 tablespoon
  • Salt -- 1 tablespoon


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together and store the sazón in an airtight container. It will keep fresh for about 3 months.
  2. In recipes, use about 1 1/2 teaspoons for each packet of sazón called for.


  • Vary the amounts of the various spices to your taste, or eliminate them altogether. Other possible additions include onion powder, tomato powder and saffron. Many of the store-bought types include monosodium glutamate as the primary ingredient.
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