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ZestSea

Crafted to showcase the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean Sea, you might be able to figure out how it got its name!

Flavor profile: Bright and zesty

Use: Perfect for popcorn, chips, pretzel dip, and fried vegetable fritters

You’ll definitely want to try some ZestSea the next time you’re in the kitchen!

March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day: Here’s a tip that we received from a customer of ours: put some cinnamon on your peanut butter. It was the best food tip we’ve ever received and our PBJ sammies have never been the same since!

March 2nd is National Banana Cream Pie Day: We have vanilla in store for your delicious, homemade whipped cream, and you can certainly top your pie with Confection Perfection, but honestly we just really wanted to shout this day out for the world. We LOVE banana cream pie!

We’ve made some changes in order to bring you the best online shopping experience possible. If this is your first time here, welcome! You can learn more about us before shopping for your favorite spices.

Our small batch, handcrafted blends are made with carefully sourced ingredients to complement your everyday dishes. You’ll be able to taste the difference with our premium quality herbs and spices.

Our Staff

Tom's Choice

Tom loves experimenting with grilling, smoking and sous-viding, and he loves to share his knowledge of the best spices for any meat and every possible cooking technique. Tom has developed many of our newest rubs, sausage seasonings and do-it-yourself kits. He has developed handouts to help cooks take on more complicated meat preparation, so you can take his guidance home.

Vicki’s Tip

Vicki oversees the retail showroom and the online marketplace. Her cooking knowledge complements Tom’s perfectly, as her focus is on vegetarian cooking. Vicki’s popular “Tip & Idea” cards are handouts that cooks can take home. They are packed with novel ideas for adding flavor with seasoning blends.

Vince Favors

Food scientist Vince has been with the business since it was owned by Stuart. Whenever a new seasoning blend is proposed, Vince’s expertise in how spices react and their chemistry in cooking provides the foundation for the development process. Customers rely on Vince when they have a technical question about how spices will perform or if they are curious about the botanical relationships of herbs and spices.

Mark's Pick

How we get from a 110-pound bag of whole peppercorns to your favorite rub -- that’s where Mark comes in! Pallets full of premium quality herbs and spices arrive at Stuart’s, and it’s up to Mark to grind and mix these to create our signature blends and customers’ proprietary blends. It’s an exacting process - not only must recipes have the correct measure of ingredients, but each has a different grain size and consistency that must be precisely guaranteed.

JACK'S

Jack is the go-to person for Stuart's Spices packaging department. He keeps track of what's needed in store and at the public market, and schedules accordingly. From Stuart's small retail pouches, up to 25 pound boxes, accuracy is his forte. Whatever needs packaged, Jack is up to the task!

Cecie Loves

Most of you are probably already familiar with Cecie as she works the front! In that time she has come to love many of our amazing spices and blends. If you follow us on social media, she also posts many updates and pictures of food that either her or someone else at Stuart's whipped up. A foodie at heart, Cecie loves hearing about dishes made by our customers! Say hi next time you stop in!

Stuarts Spices has become not just a shopping destination, but a place known for classes and private events with a spice theme. Vicki directs private “theme” events that feature cooking with spices for holidays or special occasions. Vicki presents classes on spice history, cultivation, harvesting and distribution. For meat preparation classes, Tom takes over the instruction. Another fun event is the “make-your-own spice crafts.”

Everyone at Stuart’s can be found helping out in the retail shop!

Recipes

Tasting And Demo Classes

MAIN COURSE
30 Minutes

A store-wide favorite.

  • Garlic Brine
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Seven Pepper Pork Loin
  • Seven Pepper Rub
APPETIZERS, SOUPS & SALADS
20 Minutes

Elegant in presentation, but super simple to make!

  • Chipotle Lime Seasoning
  • Chipotle Lime Shrimp Salad
DESSERTS
45 Minutes

Dessert or breakfast? You decide!

  • Apple Pie Spice
  • Honey Baked Pears
APPETIZERS, SOUPS & SALADS
40 Minutes

Our version of this hearty vegetable medley of a soup.

  • Bouquet Garni
  • Minestrone Soup
DRINKS
20 Minutes

A few different recipes for adding some kick to your mulled cider. Perfect for cold nights!

  • Boozy Mulled Cider
  • Cinnamon
  • Mulling Spices
30 Minutes

Our non-alcoholic spin on a classic mulled drink!

  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Mulled Cider
  • Mulling Spices
10 Minutes

Here are some delicious and refreshing ways to enjoy gin!

  • Gin Kit
  • Gin Kit Mixed Drinks
Overnight Recipe

It takes a little time to prepare, but it’s well worth the wait!

  • Confection Perfection
  • Créme Brûlée French Toast Casserole
Overnight Recipe

Definitely a crowd pleaser, this decadent dessert needs to be made a day in advance.

  • Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
Overnight Recipe

Featuring our Herbes de Provence seasoning.

  • Goat Cheese Asparagus Strata
  • Herbes de Provence
Overnight Recipe

Great for breakfast, or a side with your dinner!

  • Maple Sausage Balls
  • Maple Sausage Seasoning
35 Minutes

The secret that makes this relish stand out? Mulling spices!

  • Cranberry Relish
  • Mulling Spices
30 Minutes

Quick and easy to make!

  • Baharat
  • Baharat Carrots
10 Minutes

Try it on flat bread!

  • Greek Herbs
  • Tzatziki Sauce
2 Hours

A classic side for generations this salad recipe will become a picnic staple.

  • Salad Seasoning
  • Three Bean Salad
30 Minutes

Takes the guesswork out of making meat sauce for your favorite Rochester plate!

  • Rochester Plates Meat Sauce
  • Rochester Plates Meat Sauce Seasoning
20 Min Prep Time

Fresh, crisp, and fun! This is great to have on hand for warm weather or to make ahead for a party.

  • Chipotle Lime Seasoning
  • Cowboy Caviar
  • mesquite rub
1 Hour

Homemade will be the way to go from now on with this recipe!

  • Santa Fe Baked Beans
  • Santa Fe Seasoning
30 Minutes

A hearty soup for any occasion!

  • Corn on the Cob
  • Rochester "Plates" Meat Sauce Soup
  • Rochester Plates Meat Sauce Seasoning
30 Minutes

Ancho chili really makes the difference in this hearty, wholesome dish!

  • Ancho Chili Seasoning
  • Cool Chili Seasoning
  • Vegan Four Bean Chili
20 Minutes

Sweet, satisfying, and all-around tasty! These pecans are perfect for any game day, event, or just because you want something crunchy and sweet. You can make a large batch and store them for easy munching. 

  • Confection Perfection
  • Spiced Pecans
10 Minutes

A delicious vegan alternative to tuna!

  • Chickpea "Tuna"
  • Salad Seasoning
45 Minutes

A Stuart’s spin on a classic soup! Try it with our Big Bay Seasoning!

  • Bay Leaf
  • Big Bay
  • Clam Chowder
  • Cut Leaf Thyme
  • Ground Allspice
45 Minutes

The most important thing to know about granola is the ratio of 1 part wet to 6 parts dry.

  • Nikki's Delicious Granola
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Vietnamese Cinnamon
20 Minutes

This chicken is exactly what it claims to be – crazy good!

  • Crazy Good Chicken
  • Crazy Good Chicken Rub
30 Minutes

Deliciously simple, this pork loin will be the star of the grill.

  • Campfire Blend
  • Campfire Pork Loins
45 Minutes

An incredibly simple way of enjoying chicken and veggies.

  • Garlic Granules
  • Greek Herbs
  • Spinach & Feta Stuffed Chicken
40 Minutes

This scrumptious chicken recipe uses apple jelly or mango chutney to give it a bit of sweetness.

  • Garam Masala
  • Garam Masala Chicken
1 Hour

If you’re looking for a way to spice up your lentils, look no further!

  • Moroccan Lentils with Chicken
  • Moroccan Seasoning
45 Minutes

There are few foods more comforting than chicken & noodles, and this is our love letter to this comfort food.

  • Comfort Ranch Chicken & Noodles
  • Ranch Dip Mix
  • Shroomami
1 Hour

A local Rochester spin on Cincinnati Chili, we’re using meat sauce seasoning to bring the heat and flavor!

  • Cincinnati Chili with Rochester Meat Sauce Seasoning
  • Rochester Meat Sauce Seasoning
45 Minutes

This recipe calls for tilapia, but try it with any white fish of your choice! It’s easy to double or triple the size of the recipe as needed.

  • Mango Moroccan Fish
  • Moroccan Seasoning
Overnight Recipe

When the hardest part of the recipe is finding room in the fridge for the meat to marinate overnight, you know your dinner is a winner!

  • Hog Brined Chicken
  • House Hog Rub
  • Oregano
1 Hour

A wonderful Autumn dish to be enjoyed all year round!

  • Corn on the Cob
  • Harvest Holiday Casserole
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 Hours

Delicious and hearty, this slow cooker recipe is easy to put together and even easier to eat!

  • Chicken Lick'n
  • Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings
Overnight Recipe

Recipe for a classic pulled pork using our mouthwatering House Hog Rub!

  • Crock Pot Pulled Pork
  • House Hog Rub
30 Minutes

This is a play on beef on weck, a sandwich found primarily around Buffalo, NY.

  • Caraway Seeds
  • Venison "Buck on Weck"
4 Days


Cured with sugar, salt and dill, Gravlox has a fresh, delicate flavor.

  • Gravlox Rub
  • Simple & Easy Gravlox
30 Minutes

Meaning “spices” in Arabic, Baharat is the star of this dish. This is our take on a delicious, full-flavored recipe.

  • Baharat
  • Baharat Chicken with Carrots and Onions
30 Minutes

A refreshing pasta recipe that is excellent for both weeknight dinners and meal prepped lunches.

  • Lemon and herb Pasta
  • Lemon and Herbs Seasoning
40 Minutes

While this warm and cozy curry makes us think of crisp Autumn nights, it can be enjoyed any time of the year!

  • Chicken or Tofu Curry
  • Garam Masala
1 Hour

This recipe is full to the brim with vegetables, and is completely vegan!

  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Moroccan Seasoning
  • Moroccan Vegetable Stew
30 Minutes

A simple, full flavored version of the hearty, rustic French stew.

  • Granulated Garlic
  • Herbes de Provence
  • Turkey Kielbasa & Beans Cassoulet
Overnight Recipe

This is the 2016 New York State Fair winning recipe! Amy from Stuart’s won a Blue Ribbon 1st Place Award at the New York State Fair for this Zucchini Relish.

  • Celery Seeds
  • Ground Mustard
  • Homemade Zucchini Relish
  • Mustard Seed
  • Turmeric
  • Whole Star Anise
1 Hour

A combination of pasta and salad? Yes please! So light and refreshing, this salad makes a great summertime lunch.

  • Mediterranean Orzo Salad
  • Salad Seasoning
1 Hour
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
45 Minutes

These cookies have a wonderful balance of sweet and heat, making them perfect for dunking in ice-cold milk. 

  • cayenne pepper
  • Mexican-Inspired Hot Chocolate Cookies
  • Vietnamese Cinnamon
45 Minutes

Warm, satisfying, and perfect for any cold night!

  • Albondigas Soup
  • Crazy Salt
  • Ground Cumin
  • Saffron
30 Minutes

Every component of these tacos will have your mouth positively watering.

  • Blackened Shrimp Tacos
  • Blackening Seasoning
  • Ghost Pepper Ground
  • Rochester Pepper Blend
  • Santa Fe Seasoning
30 Minutes

You’ll want these breakfast tacos for every single meal!

  • Chorizo Sausage Seasoning
  • Crazy Salt
  • Egg & Chorizo Breakfast Tacos
  • Garlic Party
10-15 Minutes

You’ll never want to make corn any other way again once you try this recipe.

  • Best Ever Grilled Corn
  • Corn on the Cob Seasoning
20 Minutes

The perfect accompaniment to stir fry, rice dishes, or just as a lunch snack.

  • Roasted Sesame Bok Choy
  • Sesame Seeds
45 Minutes

An excellent stir fry for any day of the week!

  • Chinese Five Spice
  • Thai Sweet Chili Chicken
1 Hour

Grilled or baked, these Middle Eastern-inspired kebabs will provide happy stomachs!

  • Chicken Shawarma Kebabs
  • Corn on the Cob Seasoning
  • Shawarma Seasoning
45 Minutes

Made using chocolate syrup and strawberries!

  • Churro Waffles
  • Confection Perfection
30 Minutes

An absolutely stellar pairing of fish and greens featuring our Potlatch Rub!

  • Potlatch Salmon & Seafood Rub
  • Potlatch Salmon w/ Asparagus
45 Minutes
  • Loaded Weeknight Nachos
  • Taco Seasoning
25 Minutes
  • Chipotle Lime Flank Steak
  • Chipotle Lime Rub
1 Hour

Tart yet sweet with a crumbly crust, this dessert is a wonderful way to satisfy your carving for a decadent dessert without being too difficult to make.

  • Sumac
  • Sumac Lemon Bars
45 Minutes

This hash makes a stellar addition to any breakfast, or you can add it to your favorite queso dip for a medley of Autumn flavors.

  • Apple Pie Spice
  • Breakfast Sage Sausage Seasoning
  • Sausage Hash
1 Hour
  • BBQ Hasselback Potatoes
  • Chives
30 Minutes

Only three ingredients!

  • Everything Bagel Brussels Sprouts
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning
40 Minutes

Hearty and satisfying!

  • Bouquet Garni
  • Butcher's Rub
  • Butcher's Rub Swordfish
10 Minutes

Sweet and refreshing!

  • Asian Fusion
  • Asian-Inspired Strawberry Salad
45 Minutes

Served with pan roasted potatoes and carrots over a fragrant turmeric rice.

  • Curry Garam Masala
  • Garam Masala Chicken
10 Minutes

Crushing kale brings out both the flavor and vibrancy of this salad.

  • Tuscan Dip Mix
  • Tuscan Kale Salad
10 Minutes

Three ingredients, infinite amount of flavor!

  • Garlic Party
  • Get Bready to Garlic Party
35 Minutes

A perfect anytime treat!

  • Banana Nut Muffins
  • Confection Perfection
  • Vietnamese Cinnamon
1 Hour

All your favorite burrito toppings in one convenient dinner!

  • Fajita Seasoning
  • Memphis Style Dry Rub
  • Memphis-Style BBQ Chicken Bowl
30 Minutes

Perfectly seasoned turkey burgers with cranberry chutney and Havarti cheese.

  • Autumn Anytime Burgers
  • Burger Blast
  • Chives
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Rubbed Sage
30 Minutes

Perfect for a fun snack or side dish!

  • Chipotle Lime
  • Corn Ribs
  • Taco Seasoning
1 Hour
  • Berbere
  • Berbere Butternut Squash
45 Minutes

A cold dish to enjoy on a hot day!

  • Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
  • Warm Italian Seasoning
45 Minutes

A vegetarian version of chicken soup featuring our Bouquet Garni!

  • Bouquet Garni
  • Everything But The Chicken Soup
30 Minutes

A delicious, lightweight meal for any occasion.

  • Island Spice
  • Island Spice Couscous Bowl
15 Minutes

Perfect for seltzer, mocktails, or any number of cocktails!

  • Sumac
  • Sumac Simple Syrup
2 Hours

Inspired by the delicious meat pies of Australia!

  • Beef & Mushroom Pie
  • Shroomami
10 Minutes

Our love letter to Mediterranean snackage!

  • ZestSea
  • ZestSea Tortilla Chips
45 Minutes

A simple sweet treat to make any time!

  • Chocolate Pumpkin Oat Muffins
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
45 Minutes

This is a squash that legitimately tastes like mashed potatoes!

  • Garlic Party
  • Roasted Mashed Potato Squash
15 Minutes

Perfect for parties and football season alike!

  • Seven Layer Taco Dip
  • Taco Seasoning
45 Minutes

Pick your favorite seasoning and enjoy these flavorful wings anytime!

  • Cast Iron Wings
  • Honey Habanero Rub
3 Hours

Bring the delicious festivities to your home!

  • State Fair Chicken
  • State Fair Chicken Seasoning
3 Hours

Wow your crowd with this mouthwatering turkey!

  • Stuart's Tasty Turkey Roast
  • Turkey (Poultry) Brine
  • Turkey Rub
1 Hour

A beautiful yet simple accompaniment to any roast dinner!

  • Crazy Salt
  • Sage
  • Sage Dressing
1 Hour

With a crispy crust and a wonderful mix of tart and sweet apples!

  • Apple Pie Spice
  • Old Fashioned Apple Pie
15 Minutes

You’ll be amazed at how easy this soup is to make and eat!

  • Mushroom & Tarragon Soup
  • Shroomami
  • Tarragon
1 1/2 Hours

An absolute winner for curry!

  • Asian Fusion
  • Garam Masala
  • Japanese-Style Curry
15 Minutes

Sweet with a little heat, snappy, and so so yummy!

  • Guajillo Coleslaw
  • Guajillo Peppers Whole
  • Redmond Real Salt
  • Rochester Pepper Blend
35 Minutes

You’ll want seconds and thirds!

  • Santa Fe Stacked Enchiladas
20 Minutes

Using our fantastic collab blend, Coffee Connection Espresso Rub!

  • Coffee Connection Espresso Rub
  • Espresso Rubbed Pork Chops
Overnight Recipe

Bring this deli favorite to your home!

  • Homemade Pastrami
  • Pastrami Rub
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