Serious cooks typically frown upon pre-mixed seasonings, but these bottled blends include ingredients that have never darkened Mrs. Dash’s doorstep: Vietnamese anchovies, Persian licorice, green chiles from Hatch, New Mexico. Sprinkle atop finished dishes or incorporate earlier in the process to introduce layers of complexity.
Desert Provisions Hatch Green Chile Salt
This Arizona spice company combines green Hatch chile powder with unrefined salt from the nearby Sea of Cortez—and not a thing more. Use to rim margarita and bloody mary glasses, or pour a pinch over fatty pork carnitas with lime. ($12 for 3.4 ounces; desertprovisions.com)
Red Boat Fish Sauce Spiced Garum Salt
Cool-kid Vietnamese sauce company Red Boat paired with Stuart Brioza, chef-owner of San Francisco restaurants the Progress and State Bird Provisions, to create this mix of fermented anchovies and black pepper from Phu Quoc with traditional Mediterranean herbs. It’ll rock a pasta puttanesca. ($9.95 for 4 ounces; redboatfishsauce.com)
Saltverk Licorice Salt
Inspired by salted licorice—a polarizing but much-loved Nordic treat—this simple blend of flaky Icelandic sea salt and Persian licorice powder works nicely in sweet and savory applications. Add to oatmeal, roasted carrots, and even your morning latte. $12.99 for 3.17 ounces; saltverk.com)