Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Char Crust Salmon & Veggies + Giveaway! (Frugal Food Thursday)

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I love yummy, spicy food, but sometimes I don't have the time to create my own spice blends. And when I cook with them, sometimes regular spice blends don't hold in the meat juices, and the food ends up being dry.

Char Crust to the rescue! Char Crust dry-rub seasonings were originally developed in 1957 to give steaks a flavorful charred-like crust while sealing in natural, succulent juices. They are now used nationwide to enhance a variety of dishes from beef, lamb, and pork, to poultry and seafood.

Char Crust rubs also fit many food lifestyles, such as low-fat, low-carb, or low-calorie diets. All Char Crust rubs are also certified kosher.

I had the opportunity to try these delicious flavors:

dry rub spices
  • Roasted Garlic Peppercorn features the robust flavor of roasted garlic and onions with the zing of peppercorns and a hint of Worcestershire and lavender. Its versatility has made it a best seller. It complements steaks, lamb, seafood, pork, poultry, and potatoes.
  • Ginger Teriyaki is a balance of sweet teriyaki, fragrant ginger, plus a tingly touch of wasabi that lends a new dimension and creates a modern teriyaki interpretation. It complements chicken, fish, and steak.
  • Amazin’ Cajun is a spicy-sweet blend of piquant cayenne pepper, onion, garlic, oregano and a mélange of other Mardi Gras flavors. It brings the sublime heat of New Orleans to catfish, chicken, shrimp, and even “dirty” rice.
  • All American Barbecue takes the best flavors of American barbecue and blends them into a tangy-sweet, slightly spicy rub. It has rich molasses from Memphis, tangy tomato from Kansas City, mustard, pepper and vinegar from the Carolinas, plus a wisp of smoke from Texas.
I dredged boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the Amazin' Cajun flavor rub and baked them at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.  It was delicious, moist, and tasty, though maybe a just a bit spicy if you don't like spiciness.  Luckily, I love spicy food, so it was just right for me.

I also used the Ginger Teriyaki and Roasted Garlic Peppercorn rubs to make this delicious recipe.  Besides being delicious, it was frugal as well!  The salmon fillets were purchased at ALDI - 2 pounds for $7.99, a great price!  The colored peppers and onions were also purchased at ALDI when they were on sale at the end of the produce aisle.  And the tomatoes were purchased at Western Beef, where they were also on sale.


4 salmon fillets (1 lb total), defrosted
4 tbsp Char Crust Ginger Teriyaki dry rub
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Char Crust Roasted Garlic Peppercorn dry rub
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Dredge salmon fillets in Char Crust Ginger Teriyaki dry rub, covering all surfaces.  Spray a 2-qt baking dish with cooking spray and place the fillets in the dish.

In a medium bowl, combine the chopped peppers, onion, and tomatoes.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Add the Char Crust Roasted Garlic Peppercorn dry rub and toss vegetables to coat.  Spray another 2-qt baking dish with cooking spray and place the vegetables in the dish.

Bake both dishes in the oven at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until the salmon fillets are cooked through and the vegetables are roasted.

Serves 4.

(Unfortunately, I have not yet had the opportunity to try the All American Barbecue rub, but I'm sure it's delicious as well!)

Would you like to try Char Crust dry-seasoning rubs?  They are available at  (Other available flavors besides the ones I tested include Original Hickory Grilled, Hickory & Molasses, Smoky Spicy Southwest, Sun-Dried Tomato & Garlic, and Roto Roast.)  Char Crust products are also available at butcher shops, gourmet food stores, and grocery stores nationwide.

Or would you like to try Char Crust products for free?

Frugal Follies is hosting a giveaway for a free Char Crust dry-rub seasoning set!

This prize pack includes 1 package of each of the following flavors:
  • Roasted Garlic Peppercorn
  • Ginger Teriyaki
  • Amazin' Cajun
  • All American Barbecue
    To enter, use the Rafflecopter below!  The giveaway is open to US residents aged 18 and older. This giveaway will end on Thursday, May 17th, at 12:01 am Eastern time.  If you are the winner, I  will contact you shortly thereafter, and you will have 72 hours to respond.  If you do not respond within that time, your entry will be  declared invalid and a new winner will be chosen.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

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    (Disclosure: I received Char Crust dry-rub seasonings for review.  All opinions are 100% mine. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.)


    Ellen C. April 25, 2012 at 11:36 PM  

    I'd like to try the roto roast. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

    Anonymous,  April 26, 2012 at 3:10 PM  

    Would love to win the Char Crust Dry Rub Sesonings.

    LORI WOLFE,  April 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM  

    Ginger Teriyaki sounds good with chicken.

    Susan Said What?! April 27, 2012 at 7:20 AM  

    All American BBQ would be my choice. Hooray! Summer is almost here!

    susanmcneill6 (at) comcast (dot) net

    Selinda,  April 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM  

    I would like to try the All American Barbecue!


    selinda_mccumbers at

    mywildcrazylife April 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM  

    Roasted GArlic is what I want to try
    masugr at yahoo dot com/Allyson Bossie

    Sara M,  April 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM  

    I would love to try the All American BBQ!

    sara112878 at yahoo dot com

    Six Points Marketing April 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM  

    I'd love to try Amazin' Cajun because we lived in New Orleans for 20 years (leaving only because of Hurricane Katrina) and I'm hoping that flavor duplicates all those great blackened dishes I used to get all the time.

    Jolene,  April 29, 2012 at 6:41 PM  

    They all sound SOOO Good! It would be hard to choose which one to try first!

    lauren guilbeau April 30, 2012 at 10:07 AM  

    I want to try the Cajun Rub! Because I'm Cajun, so I'll be the best judge :)

    giggedygeekmum May 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM  

    I'd love to try the roasted garlic peppercorn.

    -Giggedy Geekmum (giggedygeekmum)

    Sue D May 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM  

    Most interested in the All American Barbeque.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

    suburban prep May 2, 2012 at 9:15 PM  


    I would like the roasted garlic peppercorn.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

    Hoa May 2, 2012 at 9:53 PM  

    I am most interested in the Ginger Teriyaki.


    Judy@Savoring Today May 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM  

    Always good to have a go-to spice in the cupboard we can depend on. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop.

    Erika P. May 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM  

    I want to try the Amazin' Cajun flavor rub.
    805chick7 at gmail dot com

    bored2quickly May 3, 2012 at 2:55 AM  

    All-American Barbecue sounds delicious! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!

    DeeAnn S,  May 3, 2012 at 8:34 AM  

    I'm most interested in trying the Ginger Teriyaki. Thanks.
    sweepster49 at comcast dot net

    Me And My Sweets May 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM  

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    Amy L May 3, 2012 at 6:16 PM  

    I'd like to try the Ginger Teriyaki. I bet it would taste great with chicken or pork.

    Shanna P,  May 3, 2012 at 10:29 PM  

    Yum yum yum yum yum! I would love to try all of them! However if I had to pick one I'd pick Roasted Garlic Peppercorn!

    Anonymous,  May 4, 2012 at 1:18 AM  

    I'd love to try the Roasted Garlic Peppercorn the most. Jeanine

    alicia zirjacks,  May 4, 2012 at 9:56 AM  

    I would love to try the All American Barbecue! Alicia Zirjacks

    Sarah May 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM  

    I want to try the Roasted Garlic Peppercorn.


    Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures May 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM  

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

    Farrah Shumway May 8, 2012 at 1:28 AM  

    All of them :)
    If I have to pick one, I think All American BBQ.

    Brooke Adametz,  May 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM  

    roasted garlic peppercorn! yum!

    Nicole C. May 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM  

    I would love to try the All American Barbecue.


    Ashley May 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM  

    I would most like to try the ginger teryaki flavor.

    Rich May 13, 2012 at 1:50 PM  

    i'd love to try the Amazin' Cajun seasoning
    rich morris - rmorris1 at

    STF May 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM  

    Ginger teriaki-wish I had it tonight. making salmon.
    sheilatf52 at yahoo dot com

    Anonymous,  May 14, 2012 at 3:13 PM  

    Roasted garlic peppercorn
    Charlotte Padgett

    terri142 May 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM  

    I would love to try the Roasted Garlic Peppercorn flavor.

    tderosa142 at gmail dot com

    Maija M,  May 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM  

    They all sound good, but I most want to try All-American BBQ. Maija pinkmaija at yahoo dot com

    Kim May 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM  

    I would like to try the Ginger Teriyaki
    luvdatmouse at charter dot net

    Claire McKeon,  May 15, 2012 at 12:18 PM  

    I would love to try Amazin Cajun!

    mosaic317 at gmail dot com
    Claire McKeon

    Donna Horton,  May 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM  

    I would like to try the All American BBQ.

    Nickolay May 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM  

    I really want to try the Amazin' Cajun


    Anonymous,  May 15, 2012 at 7:19 PM  

    Roasted Garlic Peppercorn is my flavor of choice!

    Stacy May 15, 2012 at 8:59 PM  

    Of those four, the Amazin Cajun is my top choice

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

    Deb May 16, 2012 at 5:50 AM  

    I want to try the Amazin' Cajun flavor rub

    Andrea Reaves,  May 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM  

    I would love to try the ginger teriaki

    Karen May 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM  

    I| like to try the amazin' cajun. Thanks for the giveaway.


    Erica G May 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM  

    I want to try the Roasted Garlic Peppercorn!
    Erica G
    cinderwhims at gmail dot com

    sls450 May 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM  

    I like to try them all, but I think I'd start wither the amazing cajun

    Heather W,  May 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM  

    roasted garlic peppercorn
    Lovefool827 (at) yahoo (dotcom)

    natashagt May 16, 2012 at 9:34 PM  

    I would love to try Roasted Garlic Peppercorn!

    natashagt (at) live (dot) com

    texaslady22 May 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM  

    I'd like to try All American Barbecue!


    Gaines7 May 16, 2012 at 11:17 PM  

    Hello, how are you? Thank you for this opportunity. I like the Amazin Cajun.

    Olah Momma! June 13, 2012 at 5:46 PM  

    This sounds delicious. Too bad the giveaway is over:) Bookmarking for future use. Thanks for sharing!

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