Adobo Seasoning Recipe

How to make adobo seasoning

When I shared my sriracha mayo recipe I mentioned that another great flavor variation for homemade mayo is to add adobo seasoning. I just recently realized that I never actually shared my adobo recipe, even though it is a spice I use almost daily.

What is Adobo Seasoning?

Adobo seasoning is a mixture of garlic and other spices that is often used to season meats, beans, soups, and other dishes in Latin American, Caribbean, and Filipino cuisines. In my kitchen, it is a general all-purpose seasoning that I add to meats, soups, seafood, eggs, roasted vegetables, and many other dishes.

The word adobo stems from the Spanish word “adobar” meaning “to marinate,” and there are many variations of this seasoning, including liquid sauce versions that often include vinegar. The base ingredients are garlic, black pepper, turmeric, and oregano, though other spices can be added (I add several others to my variation).

How to Use Adobo Seasoning

This combination of spices adds great depth to dishes without overpowering them, and is versatile enough to be used on practically everything. Some suggestions for how to use adobo seasoning:

  • In marinades for meats or chicken
  • As an all-purpose seasoning on seafood
  • On grilled meats and vegetables
  • In soups of all kinds
  • In omelets, quiches, or other egg dishes
  • In guacamole
  • To give flavor variation to homemade mayonnaise
How to make adobo seasoning
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Adobo Seasoning Recipe

Versatile adobo seasoning is great with meats, seafood, guacamole, soups, roasted vegetables, and practically any other dish. I keep this delicious spice blend on hand and use it almost daily.
Course Spice
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cups
Calories 5kcal
Author Katie Wells



  • Make sure that all ingredients are finely ground/powdered.
  • Combine ingredients in a jar and shake to mix.
  • Store in an airtight glass jar and use as desired on dishes.


If you prefer, you can omit the salt from this recipe and just add it as desired when using this spice.


Serving: 1tsp | Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 366mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.3g

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Other Homemade Spices to Try

Like this recipe? I recommend ordering herbs and spices in bulk and making your own spice blends at home as a great way to avoid additives found in most commercial spices, and an easy way to save money. I order most of my herbs and spices in bulk online and make all of my own blends, including:

What is your favorite type of seasoning? 

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