When I shared my Sriracha Mayo recipe and mentioned that another great flavor variation for homemade mayo is to add adobo seasoning, I realized that I’d never shared my adobo recipe before, 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 versions that often include vinegar. The base ingredients are garlic, black pepper, turmeric and oregano, though other spices can be added (and 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
Adobo Seasoning Recipe
Yield 2 cups
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.
- 1/3 cup garlic powder or granulated garlic (or make your own with this tutorial)
- 1/3 cup salt
- 1/4 cup dried oregano (pulse in blender to make a rough powder if it is in big pieces)
- 1/4 cup turmeric powder
- 1/4 cup onion powder
- 3 Tablespoons white pepper (or black pepper, but I prefer the flavor of white pepper)
- 2 Tablespoons paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin seed (optional)
- Make sure that all ingredients are finely ground/powdered.
- Combine ingredients and mix well.
- Store in an air-tight 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.
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 (from here) and make all of my own blends, including:
- Italian Seasoning
- Curry Powder
- Taco Seasoning
- Lemon Pepper
- Seasoned Salt
- Fajita Seasoning
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Jerk Seasoning
- Herbs de Provence
What is your favorite type of seasoning?