Awhile back, I wrote a post about the wonderful Mojo Spice Blend by Marliss. Well—good news!—Marliss has just released their Florida Citrus Secret Seasoning to the public. Apparently, they’ve been selling this blend to restaurants for a while, and they’re now making it available on a retail basis. The Marliss family remembered me—we’ve bonded over our love of Florida and Cuban cuisine—and they sent me an entire box of Florida Citrus Secret Seasoning.
I’ve now tried this seasoning blend on veggies, chicken, and fish, and I can honestly say that it is delicious! It’s not overpowering, it’s not bitter, and it does not contain MSG. Here’s a list of ingredients: Garlic Salt, Spices including Black Pepper, Onion, Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural Citrus Fruit Flavors, Soy Bean Oil, Silicon Dioxide (to make free flowing), Natural Color.
This citrusy blend provides a lot of flavor, perfect for light summertime dishes. This is especially nice when you’ve just decided to make a citrus-flavored meal but you don’t have any fresh lemons or limes in the house. (It happens to the best of us.)
Here are a few recipe ideas to get you started.
Simply sprinkle the Florida Citrus Secret Seasoning on your favorite summer veggies (squash, zucchini, broccoli, etc.) and steam until done. Or, if you’re not afraid of heating to death in your kitchen, you can roast your seasoned veggies. For me, roasting is a great option for Fall and Winter.
I usually use three different seasoning blends on chicken to make it taste good. But with the Florida Citrus seasoning blend, I don’t have to add any other spices. Seriously. Just coat your chicken in the Florida Citrus blend and saute it in a pan (preferably a cast-iron skillet, of course). Baking your seasoned chicken is also a good option (for the Fall).
Chicken Broccoli and Rice Skillet Dish — I was trying to find a good dish to really test this seasoning blend, and this turned out to be a great recipe! It’s the equivalent of chicken and broccoli and rice casserole but in a cast-iron skillet (of course).
For this simple dinner, start by cutting a couple chicken breasts into strips and season them with the Florida Citrus blend. Cook the chicken thoroughly in a pan with olive oil on medium-high heat. While the chicken is cooking, sprinkle the same Florida Citrus blend on some broccoli florets (fresh or frozen) and steam them. At the same time, prepare some white rice. Once the broccoli and rice are done, add them to the pan with the chicken and toss the ingredients. Place the pan on the table and let your family serve themselves. The traditional casserole calls for cheese, but this version is so good it doesn’t need it.
Citrus flavors work with just about any kind of fish, especially salmon. To make perfectly-flavored fish, simply season it on one side with the Florida Citrus blend (or both sides for an extra punch). Place the fish in a hot cast-iron skillet with a little olive oil on medium heat. You can flip the fish after about three minutes and then cook the other side.
In the photo to the side, you’ll see a piece of seasoned salmon served over a bed of gluten-free edamame noodles, drizzled with olive oil. So easy and so good!
For a recipe for flaky, baked white fish that looks amazing, check out the Marliss Florida Citrus Secret Fish Recipe on their Amazon page. You can get your own bottle of Marliss Florida Citrus Secret Seasoning there on Amazon or in your grocery store.
What about you? Have you experimented with citrus seasoning? What’s your favorite citrus dish? Leave a comment below.
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