The Many Uses of Bouillon
Bouillon is the magic you've been looking for when cooking delicious food. It is the most convenient and versatile item in your pantry and offers shortcuts for achieving that perfect pan of gravy, fully seasoned vegetables and any baked chicken dish. No matter if you are a true chef or a cooking novice, we are confident you will find that bouillon makes an often overwhelming recipe so much easier to accomplish. Ready to give it a try?
Common and New Uses for Bouillon Cubes
If you love the rich flavor that bouillon brings to soups, stews and many baked dishes, you'll also love the way it enhances dips, pasta, sauces, vegetables and even pizza!
Soup is one of the best meals for using bouillon to add flavor. Pop a cube into chicken noodle soup, beef stew or a pot of chili the next time you’re whipping up a meal. Some of the best recipes to add a couple of bouillon cubes are green chili, potato soup and minestrone to add an extra layer of flavor.
A bouillon cube will quickly become the star of the show in many types of grains. Simply add a cube to boiling water as you cook rice, quinoa, millet, or any other grain. Have you ever tried a savory oatmeal? Bouillon has a place in breakfast food too.
Use bouillon cubes when you saute meat, tofu or vegetables. Toss a cube or two into the sauce when you're preparing a stir fry. Use one to add flavor to marinades before cooking steak or chicken on a grill.
Homemade sauces go to the next level with a bouillon cube. Try one for your next barbecue sauce, pasta and pizza sauce or any dipping sauce you serve alongside the main entree. And while you’re at it, why not dips? Bring umami flavor to a cold miso dip or a cream based dip with crudite.
Meatball aficionados will rave about the addition of bouillon to the mixture. Just a teaspoon per pound of beef or pork is all it takes to create a new layer of flavor.
Serve up a hearty pot of mashed potatoes by tossing in a cube or two of bouillon. Combined with a rich gravy, you've got a side dish that steps mealtime up a notch.
How to Choose a Bouillon Flavor
Because bouillon cubes come in several flavors, you might be wondering which one you should choose. The dish you're preparing plays the biggest role in your decision.
Most recipes call for chicken or beef bouillon. When preparing a gravy or sauce, you’d want to choose the flavor that matches the base of the meal you're preparing. That means chicken bouillon for chicken dishes and beef for recipes that center around ground beef and steak.
However, there are so many more tasty options available, especially for those following vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Vegetable bouillon is a delightfully tasty option for main meals and side dishes. When you're using vegetable bouillon, keep in mind that it works best with other vegetables, such as in a stir fry, vegetable soup, or pasta sauce. It’s herby and boasts a bold flavor.
Garlic bouillon works wonders in miso soup, chili, or hearty stews. It's also a fantastic choice for adding flavor to vegetables, including green beans, broccoli and spinach and to make garlic bread.
You're the chef, so don't be afraid to rely on your instincts and taste preferences. Experiment in your kitchen with bouillon flavors in your favorite dishes and it won't be long before you find the ones you like best.
Tips for Using Bouillon Cubes
Now that you know so many ways to use bouillon cubes, you can give them a test run in your kitchen. Expert chefs have some great tips for getting the most out of them.
One of the most important tips is to make sure your bouillon cubes dissolve completely. Dissolved bouillon cubes are also better at distributing the flavor throughout the dish. Not to mention avoiding the risk of biting into a chunk of the cube that hasn't dissolved.
Bouillon cubes contain salt, so if you plan to use them in your recipes, consider reducing the amount of added salt from other sources. This protects the flavor of your dish but is also healthier.
Most importantly - have fun experimenting. Melt, mix, and combine bouillon flavors. You cannot mess this up, we promise!