Pros: Tasty. Adds dimension to fish and a whole lot of other foods. NO MSG!
Cons: None that I can think of - no cons.
I have a bad habit. Whenever I see a spice mix on sale, I buy it. I end up using it - for sure because I like to cook - but I have bottles and jars and shakers and packets squirrelled all over the kitchen because my "spice shelf" is overflowing.
I found Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasonings by way of mark down. I recently picked up a shaker of Chicken Magic, a shaker of Meat Magic and a shaker of Salmon Magic. Let's talk fish, shall we?
My husband is addicted to Salmon - any kind of fish just about - but Salmon is his favorite. He likes it cooked, cured, smoked, steamed, pickled...lox. I am always trying to find a way to "mix it up" when I cook it because I am not as fond of it as he is. He, on the other hand, can eat a block of plain old smoked salmon and nothing else and be happy.
Upon getting the seasoning home and cracking open the slidy shaker top, I immediately sprinkled a bit in the palm of my hand for a taste: Hmmm, sweet, salty, peppery, garlicky, dilly with a bite of mustard. This is a chunky seasoning and you can see the bits and flakes of flavor. It's pretty good in your hand, but how's it going to taste on fish?
Well, it is excellent on fish. My husband sprinkled some on his lox, cream cheese and caper flat bagel and said it was great and really enhanced the flavors he already loved.
My next experiment was with...deviled eggs. Yep, I sprinkled some over my deviled eggs. It gave them a little "zing!" of unexpected flavor.
So far I have used this seasoning blend on shrimp, scallops, buttered noodles, and in a fish stew, baked salmon, spinach dip and tuna salad - it tastes great on everything. Popcorn. Really good on popcorn!
So, what's in it that makes it taste so good?
Sugar! The first ingredient is sugar and it's that sugar that caramelizes so nice when you use this on a baked or broiled dish.
Other than the Sugar you have Salt, Spices, Granulated Onion, Granulated Garlic, Yellow Mustard Seeds and Paprika.
I am going to venture that the "spices" are a combo of dill and oregano or something because other than the dill there is an herby flavor that I can't put my finger on just yet.
What it doesn't have in it is as important as what it does - NO MSG. I hate it when MSG is sneaked into my spices. It also is preservative free, gluten free, and Kosher.
A little goes a long way - as I have been using this product on all sorts of things and I still have a lot left in the cardboard canister. A servings size is 1/4 teaspoon and there are approximately 220 servings in a 7 oz. container. The calorie listing says it has zero calories per serving - but with sugar being the first ingredient I would imagine there are a small number of calories that add up when you go over the serving size. I'm not concerned with sodium - but you get about 100 mg per serving.
It does have a bite to it from the garlic, pepper and paprika - but you would have to be a real wimp to label this "too hot" or "spicy." To me it's just a wake up call to the taste buds - not overpowering or lingering and it doesn't compete with your food. Definately something to try if you are bored with your fish or chicken. I know once this canister is gone I will be restocking - whether it's on markdown or not.
As for the price - prices are going to vary from place to place. For me it was a great deal at a 1.75.