Adobo Seasoning Recipe

This adobo seasoning recipe is super simple to make and adds tons of flavor to whatever recipe you use it in.

Caribbean cooking uses a seasoning called adobo. It can be used wet or dry, like most rubs and spice mixes.

A white spice container sits filled with this adobo seasoning recipe. A spoon full of the seasoning sits in front of it on the table.


It’s an excellent seasoning for most cooking methods such as grilling, roasting, frying or sautéing. Adobo can also be used as a base seasoning for stews, sauces, beans, soup stock, baked potatoes, and vegetables. In Mexico, adobo sauces are red, thick and spicy.

The basic ingredients in adobo are garlic, oregano, black pepper, and turmeric. Then other spices and/or ingredients are added based on cultural and regional preferences. Cuban adobos usually include garlic and cumin and sour orange juice. Puerto Ricans have a preference for vinegar and oregano. Other ingredients sometimes added to adobo mixes include onions, lemon or lime juice, parsley and/or cilantro. (Source)

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There are many different recipes out there for adobo seasoning. It’s an easy recipe to make. Which spices you add, will depend on which country of origin is inspiring you. In this case, I leaned slightly more to the Puerto Rican version with the addition of oregano. But you can play around with this until you get the flavor you enjoy most. But to get you started, here is the recipe I came up with. This would be great in my Chicken Ropa Vieja!

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A white spice container sits filled with this adobo seasoning recipe. A spoon full of the seasoning sits in front of it on the table.

Adobo Seasoning

Homemade adobo seasoning, perfect for many dishes.
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Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: Caribbean
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 24kcal


  • 2 tbsp. pink salt
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground turmeric


  • Mix all ingredients together and use in any recipe calling for adobo seasoning.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1tbsp. | Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1424mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 474IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg

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