International Spice Rubs

Without spice rubs even the best steak will taste bland and boring. The traditional ones like chili or honey are commonly used in UK households, but what about those from other parts of the world?! I went on the search for some international spice rubs and here are my favourites:

Moroccan Spice Rub:

This wet rub is a great seasoning for anything you want to grill or smoke. The combination of herbs and lemon juice is a classic. Combine the following ingredients and store in an airtight container and refrigerate.


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons salt (kosher)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Creole Rub

This rub will add a delicious Creole flavor to anything you want to grill or smoke. Mix the cajun seasoning and other ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


  • 1/2 cup Creole mustard
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup dry Cajun seasoning blend

Ethiopian Spice Rub

There are a lot of flavors in this mixture and you might not have everything on hand, but it is a great spice rub for anything. In a small frying pan over a low heat, lightly toast whole cloves, cumin seeds, fenugreek, cardamom seeds, peppercorns, and coriander seeds for about 2 minutes. Allow to cool. Remove stems from chilies and grind with toasted spices. Add remaining ingredients. Store in an airtight jar.


  • 10 small dried red chilies
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  • 2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black cardamom seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Italian Parmesan Paste

This is a cheese rub that contains herbs and spices for flavor and olive oil and red wine vinegar to turn the mixture into a thick paste. Use this rub on any meat to add that great Italian flavor to. Combine all ingredients and store in a nonreactive airtight container and refrigerate.


  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

Middle Eastern Lamb Rub

This spice rub is perfect for any lamb recipe and gives a great, Middle Eastern flavor. Combine all ingredients and mix together until it forms a paste. Rub this mixture over the surface of the meat making sure to get it evenly distributed. Plan on allowing mixture to sit on the meat for 1 hour before you cook.


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • juice small lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Indian Tandoori Rub

This rub will give fish or poultry an authentic Indian flavor that is as colorful as it is tasty. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.


  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne

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