Adobo Dry Rub Seasoning (Adobo Seco) Recipe

Pork seasoned with adobo
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    5 mins
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This adobo dry rub recipe is a savory, all-purpose spice mixture used to season and marinate meat, poultry, and fish.

Adobo can be prepared as a dry spice mix or a wet rub paste. This dry adobo is made with salt, granulated garlic, oregano, black pepper, turmeric, and onion powder and comes together in less than 5 minutes. You can customize the recipe by adjusting the ingredients based on the spices you prefer. 

Adobo is essential in Spanish Caribbean and Latin American kitchens with recipes varying slightly from country to country. It is so fundamental in Latin cuisines that adobado means "marinated and cooked in adobo sauce."

Before refrigeration, adobo mixtures were made of salt, olives, vinegar or wine and spices and used to preserve meat. These days, it is no longer used to preserve meat but instead as a seasoning for most cooking methods and as a base for beans, stews, sauces, stocks, and vegetables.

What You'll Need

  • 6 tablespoons salt
  • 6 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 4 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder

How to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together salt, granulated garlic, oregano, black pepper, turmeric and onion powder until well mixed.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container for up to 6 months.
  3. Use as your recipe directs.

Use Dry Adobo Rub in These Recipes

  • Braised Chicken Stew Recipe: Known as pollo guisado, this dish, which is made with a dry adobo rub, is popular in the Spanish-speaking islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.