What meat does coriander go with?

This brief guide will address the query, “What meat does coriander go with?” We will also discuss the spices that go well in meat together with coriander and some common meat recipes that use coriander. Moreover, we will describe the different ways coriander powder, coriander seeds, and cilantro are used while cooking meat.

What meat does coriander go with?

Coriander pairs well with different kinds of meat like chicken, lamb, pork, and beef. Coriander especially goes very well with the lamb because of its contrasting citrusy, nutty, earthy, and warm flavors. 

What spices go well with coriander in meat recipes?


Basil, chervil, chives, cilantro, bay leaf, cinnamon, curry powder, mace, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, and thyme.


Basil, chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, bay leaf, black pepper, cayenne, cumin, and thyme.


Basil, lemon verbena, allspice, caraway, oregano, parsley, cloves, fennel, paprika, rosemary, and sage.


Basil, oregano, paprika, cinnamon, curry powder, turmeric,  bay leaves, marjoram, rosemary, cumin, mint, sage, and thyme.

What meat recipes require coriander?


Cumin, coriander, and paprika together make a perfect rub for the beef steak. 

  • Apply cooking spray to a cast-iron skillet and put the pan in the preheated oven for 5 minutes at 450 degrees.
  • Rub the spice mix of ½ teaspoon coriander powder, ¼ teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon cumin powder, and ½ teaspoon salt along with 1 teaspoon brown sugar to both sides of the steak and place it in the preheated pan.
  • Bake at 450 degrees for about 5-7 minutes on each side until the desired doneness. Cut the steak into thin slices and it is ready to be served.

Chicken curry

It’s an Indian dish made with chicken in a thick tomato gravy with a blend of different Indian spices including coriander powder. Coriander, garam masala, chili powder, and turmeric are commonly used spices in this recipe.

  • On medium heat, add some oil to a frying pan. When the oil is hot enough add some chopped onions and cook until it’s brown.
  • Add some cumin seeds and ginger garlic paste to your onion, and saute for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Add your chicken pieces to the pan and cook while stirring until they are medium-cooked and light brown in color.
  • Add coriander powder, salt to taste, turmeric, chili powder, chicken masala, and garam masala if you want more spices in your chicken curry.
  • Cook for a few minutes and add tomato puree. Mix it and keep cooking for a few more minutes.
  • Add a cup of water and let it cook for 5-10 minutes in low heat by covering with a lid.
  • Check if the chicken is cooked and the curry is thick enough, if not keep cooking on low heat until the chicken is fully cooked.

How are coriander powder, coriander seeds, and coriander leaves used while cooking meat?

Despite being the product of the same plant, coriander seeds, coriander powder, and cilantro have their unique flavors and purpose. Likewise, they also differ in the way they are used while cooking different types of meat. Let us see how each of them is individually used while cooking.

Coriander powder

Coriander powder is finely ground dried coriander seeds. Coriander powder is usually used in many different savory dishes. It works well in chicken and mutton curries, soups, and seasoning for pork, lamb, and chicken barbeques. 

It can be added at any time during the cooking process but adding it when your meat is almost cooked keeps the flavor and aroma just right.

Coriander seeds

Coriander seeds are the dried seeds from the coriander plant. You should temper the coriander seeds in warm oil at the very beginning of the cooking process to flavor the oil before adding onions, tomato puree, and the meat for curries. 

This way, all the flavors can be easily absorbed by the ingredients. The whole seeds can also be crushed, or you can make a paste out of it to use in chicken and lamb marinades and dressings.


The leaves of the coriander plant are most commonly known as cilantro throughout the world. Coriander powder and coriander seeds may come close in terms of their flavors if not the same, but cilantro is completely different both in terms of its taste as well as its aroma. 

The fresh cilantro leaves have a very strong and unique taste and scent, so strong that some people absolutely hate it. However, most people love the unique flavors it brings to the table. 

Cilantro leaves are finely chopped and are added as garnish when your dish is ready to be served. For recipes that use cilantro, please click the link here.


In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “What meat does coriander go with?” We have also discussed the spices that go well in meat together with coriander and some common meat recipes that use coriander. Moreover, we will describe the different ways coriander powder, coriander seeds, and cilantro are used while cooking meat.




Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.