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The Right Seasonings: A Great Chef’s Secret

Spiced Up!

I’ve often said that the difference between a good chef and a GREAT chef is two things.


…and pepper.

That may be a bit of an overstatement, but any “well-seasoned chef” knows how to season well.

Nothing is more disappointing than a great meal ruined by the lack of seasoning. Sometimes not even salt and pepper at the table can fix a dish that otherwise needed something more.

Great chefs know the “great” secrets, and one of them is to pay a great deal of attention to how their recipes are seasoned–neither too little nor too much. Another secret is how certain herbs and spices work together to become a sum greater than their parts–curry powder for instance.


With that in mind, I worked over the summer to create a collection of 7 NEW seasonings and rubs for Nino’s that I’m very proud of, each carefully crafted to enhance the meats and foods they are designed to partner with, from beef to poultry, fish and seafood. These 7, added to the 3 we launched last year (Nino’s Steakhouse Rub, Peppercorn Sensation & Montreal Style Steak and Grilling Rubs), bring our entire collection to 10. Each one is absolutely unique, and altogether, they are delicious additions to your seasoning repertoire.

Nino’s NEW seasoning blends:

  • No-Salt Savory Rub
    • A blended medley of Mediterranean herbs and spices is the perfect complement to any dish. It contains NO salt, so feel free to use liberally!
  • Burger Blast Seasoning
    • No matter what meat you choose, Nino’s Burger Blast seasoning brings a BOLD blast of chipotle, mesquite and spices to your favorite patty.
  • Asian Teriyaki Seasoning
    • If you have a “yen” for the taste of teriyaki, Nino’s Asian Teriyaki seasoning is a full-flavored blend of soy, garlic, ginger and all the “magical” spices that make teriyaki one of the most popular flavors on the planet. It’s a terrific seasoning for all meats, poultry and seafood.
  • Seafood Splash Seasoning
    • A blend of pink peppercorns, fennel, garlic and basil give a savory “splash” of flavor to your favorite seafood and fish.
  • Traditional Ranch Seasoning
    • If you like “Ranch” anything, you’ll love Nino’s Ranch blend of garlic, dill, celery salt and buttermilk. It’s everything you LOVE about Ranch!
  • Deep South Smokehouse Rub
    • Nino’s “smokiest” rub is a robust blend of smoked, sweet peppers, herbs and spices, making it a “natural” for steaks or any grilled meats.
  • Sedona Southwest Rub
    • All the flavors of America’s Southwest, including cumin, ancho chilies, bell peppers and garlic, are blended together to make this rub a delicious accent to chicken, seafood or beef.

I’m excited to have you try these new products! In the near future, we will sample them in our stores, so you can decide which ones will be YOUR favorites!

Get “Zapped” at Nino’s With Zap Butter!

One of the coolest things I get to do at Nino’s is create stuff. It’s even more fun when I get to watch people sample and enjoy what I’ve created and put it into their shopping cart to take home.

Recently, I created a product called Zap Butter. It started as an idea to bring a new taste experience to all of our customers who love to grill and enjoy the great products from our Meat and Seafood Departments.

Before Zap, customers could accent and dress their meat and fish selections with rubs, marinates and sauces–all great choices. NOW, we’ve added a product that fits an entirely whole new category of flavor choices.

zap_butter at Nino's

What is Zap Butter?

Zap is what we chefs call a “compound butter”. These begin with butter but have all sorts of fantastic flavors added to enrich the taste experience. Added flavors include those like roasted garlic, sautéed mushrooms, green onions, crisp bacon, or natural roasted beef.

How do you use Zap Butter?

Using Zap is the easiest part. Simply prepare your steak, chop or fish as you normally would. While it is still hot, place a tablespoon of Zap Butter on top and let it melt. The combinations of the natural juices from the meat or fish mixed with the butter and garnishes create a sauce that is truly an experience better tasted than explained.

Choices, Choices, Choices…

When it comes to Zap Butter, I realized that one flavor does not necessarily fit all. So, I created 3 unique flavors of Zap.

  • The “Original” is made with beef, onions, soy sauce and garlic with a kick of pepper, and it is fantastic on grilled steaks and chops.
  • The Savory Mushroom is just like the name says: full of mushrooms with garlic, onion and spices. This one goes equally well with red meats and poultry.
  • Lastly, the Crispy Bacon is not only a terrific finishing butter for seafood and poultry but it also makes a wonderful butter sauce for pasta!

You’ll find Zap Butter only at Nino’s (in our Meat Department) but we hope you’ll also find it in your home refrigerator and try it this coming Labor Day weekend.

I think Zap really fills that gap between rubs and sauces, and they’re flavors you’ll savor. Let me know what you think!