Adobo Seasoning - Capture the Fab flavours
and Aromas of Latin American Cuisine

This is adobo seasoning, garlic and onion based blend with a hint of citrus that is used throughout Latin American. This all-purpose recipe is excellent when sprinkled over roasted vegetables, soups and meat and bean dishes. Interestingly, the term adobo also refers to a famous dish enjoyed in the Philippines. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)

Note: I recommend you use whole ingredients where you can for this recipe. If you don't have them all whole, you can use pre-ground powders and reduce the amounts the recipe requires by half. So instead of 4 teaspoons of cumin seeds you would use 2 teaspoons of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

Homemade Adobo Seasoning Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 10 tablespoons)

3 tbsp onion powder
3 tbsp garlic powder
3 tbsp dried Mexican oregano (see note below)
2 tbsp dried lemon peel
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp sea salt
4 tsp dried basil
4 tsp cumin seeds
4 tsp black peppercorns
6 dried bay leaves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay
  • Grind the bay pieces along with the lemon peel, salt, peppercorns and cumin seeds
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Stir in the garlic, paprika and onion powders
  • Finally, crumble in the dried basil and oregano and stir again

Store your adobo mix in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: Dry toasting the cumin and peppercorns before grinding and combining will add even more flavour to your final mix.

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Note 2: I used Mexican oregano because I had some available. However, despite Mexican being different from regular oregano you can use regular if that's all you have available.

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