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Kitchen Tip: How to Make Spice Rubs

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Tips, video and photography provided by Heinen’s partner, Chef Billy Parisi.

A spice rub is one of the easiest ways to enhance the flavor of food. One of the best things about making spice rubs at home is that everyone probably already has most of the ingredients currently in their cupboard.

Rubs can be used on just about anything including protein, seafood and even vegetables! So, to get started, let’s talk about the four key ingredients all spice rubs need!

How to Make Spice Rubs

The Four Essential Ingredients to Any Spice Rub

There are four basic ingredients that make up virtually all spice rubs. These include:

  • Salt
  • Granulated garlic
  • Granulated onion
  • Pepper

Wondering how much of each ingredient to use? A good rule of thumb is to use 1/2 of the amount of granulated garlic and onion as you did salt, and 1/4 of the amount of pepper as you did salt. This recipe uses 2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. granulated garlic, 1 tsp. granulated onion and 1/2 tsp. pepper.

Now that you know the basics, let’s build on the flavor and create three versatile rubs including:

  • Southwest Spice Rub
  • Italian Spice Rub
  • Middle Eastern Spice Rub

Check out the recipes, coating and cooking instructions below.

Kitchen Tip: How to Make Spice Rubs

Kitchen Tip: How to Make Spice Rubs

Ingredients

For a Southwest Spice Rub

  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's cumin
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's chili powder
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Heinen's red pepper flakes

For an Italian Spice Rub

  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. porcini powder
  • Basil, optional
  • Lemon peel, optional
  • Parmesan cheese, optional

For a Middle Eastern Spice Rub

  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's cumin
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's paprika
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. Heinen's nutmeg

Instructions

  1. For any of the spice rubs above, add the ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine.
  2. For a big roast, season the meat with your favorite spice rub, allow to rest in the refrigerator for an hour or two and place it in the oven to cook.
  3. For individual filets, start by adding olive oil to a plate.
  4. Add your favorite spice rub and mix to combine. A good rule of thumb is to use 1 Tbsp. oil to 2 tsp. rub per filet.
  5. Completely coat the meat or seafood in the oil and spice rub mixture.
  6. Cook the meat or seafood immediately, or allow it to marinade in the refrigerator prior to cooking.
  7. If cooking in a sauté pan, add oil to the pan to act as a protective layer between the spice rub and the hot pan. Sauté using standard procedures.
  8.  If cooking on a grill or grill pan, add oil to the grates to act as a protective layer between the spice rub and the grill. Grill using standard procedures.
  9. If broiling, add oil to the pan to act as a protective layer between the spice rub and the hot pan. Broil using standard procedures.

How to Make Spice Rubs

By Chef Billy Parisi

Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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  1. We travel a bit in our RV and these will be great to make ahead and have on hand,
    Thank you so much Chef Billy

  2. We travel a bit in our RV and these will be great to make ahead and have on hand,
    Thank you so much Chef Billy

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