Adobo Seasoning Recipe

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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

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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Calories 5kcal
Author Katie Wells


1 cups



  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Adobo Seasoning Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 tsp)
Calories 5 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Sodium 366mg16%
Carbohydrates 1.1g0%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 0.3g0%
Protein 0.2g0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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

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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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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


16 responses to “Adobo Seasoning Recipe”

  1. Jen Avatar

    5 stars
    Love your blog! Would you mind telling me what platform you use for your blog? I just really like how its laid out.

  2. Benitez Avatar

    This is what I get for being lazy and trying the first recipe that came up in my searches. Absolutely horrible. Worst Adobo I have ever tasted. Anyone who thinks this is a good rub has no palate. Thanks for making me waste perfectly good ingredients. Straight to the garbage. Do yourselves a favor and see any youtube video of Latina women cooks who have been cooking Criollo for their families all their lives and know how to cook — they will show you how to make real adobo.

  3. De Dee Avatar

    Just found your post
    Thank you so much I been looking for
    Home made seasoning blends
    For my plant base cooking

  4. Leah Manipol Avatar
    Leah Manipol

    5 stars
    Hi Wellness Mama,

    Thank you for all the hard work you do! I came across with your site just now, and looking for home made Curry powder, and it looks great. This Adobo seasoning it’s well put together. I’m from Philippines sometimes I used adobo seasoning. I have been making my own seasoning from scratch for the last couple of years and it’s way better than store bought and much cheaper. Btw, I make great Chicken Curry (:

    Thank you again for sharing!
    xoxo Leah Manipol

  5. Swan Avatar

    5 stars

    Thanks for coming up with a healthy adobo recipe that can be made at home! I’m saving that one! I was wondering, could you find out how to make a healthy sazon seasoning too please? I haven’t seen any without MSG.

  6. Stephanie Avatar

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  7. Tara Avatar

    I have converted to using coconut oil for a lot of my cooking now…thanks to your 101 uses of coconut oil, I have learned to use it for many other things. My household is transitioning slowly, but we are doing it! Thanks for your dedication to your mission!

  8. Rebecca Jessen Avatar
    Rebecca Jessen

    Thank you for this, I love adobo. So great to find a healthy version!

  9. Val Avatar

    I am interested in gluten free recipes. Natural supplements.n any info with the thyroid(Hashimoto) and Adrenal Fatigue. Thank you n God Bless. Val

  10. Cecilia Avatar

    Thank you Katie for all the hard work you do! I’m forever grateful.

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