Greek Spice Rub

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Do you have a go-to spice rub in your pantry that pretty much goes with everything? Well, this is mine. Along with a simple herbs de Provence salt rub, this easy-to-make Greek spice rub can completely change the flavour meal in a matter of minutes and always has a spot in my pantry. Sprinkle my Greek seasoning mix over roast vegetables, mix it into unsalted butter for an easy roast chicken rub, season a roast lamb leg, or dust the top of a grilled vegetable pizza for a Mediterranean kick.

Let’s get started. This is what you’ll need…

  • Dried oregano
  • Fresh rosemary – strip a 5cm sprig of fresh rosemary of its leaves and chop them finely.
  • Lemon zest – be sure to just skim the zest off the rind of the lemon
  • Sea salt flakes. My go-to salt is Murray River salt flakes. I always have a jar for cooking besides the stove.
  • Pantry spices – onion powder, garlic powder, sumac, freshly cracked black pepper

The Details

  1. Pop all the ingredients in a mortar and pestle and gently grind for 10 seconds.
  2. Job done. Go forth and sprinkle that Greek spice rub everywhere!

What’s sumac?

Sumac is a subtropical plant that produces berries. These berries are then dried and ground for use in dry rubs, marinades, countless middle eastern dishes as well used as a vibrant and colourful garnish. It gives off a bold, tangy, citrus flavour, but funnily, has no aroma. Try it sprinkled over a fillet of white fish before grilling.

Tools you’ll need

Zester or fine grater to zest the lemon and a cooks knife. Pretty simple really. I like to use my mortar and pestle to lightly grind everything up and mesh those flavours together, however it’s not totally necessary.

How to use Greek Spice Rub

  • Drizzle 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil over a butterflied leg of lamb. Rub the Greek spice all over and massage a little. Roast until medium-rare.
  • Sprinkle over your roast vegetables before cooking.
  • Use as a grilling spice and sprinkle over lamb chops or chicken thighs before grilling on the bbq.
  • Pop aside a few leftover slices of the leg of lamb (from above). Top a pizza dough base with a little pizza sauce, mozzarella, thinly sliced Greek spiced lamb as well as some roasted capsicum, Spanish onion and a few ribbons of zucchini. Bake until cooked!

Storage

Now this Greek seasoning mix recipe makes enough for 1 roast chicken or leg of lamb. If you make a bigger batch, you can store any excess in a preserving jar in the pantry.

Let me know in the comments what your go-to spice rub is and how you use it

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a mortar and pestle full of homemade greek spice rub on a marble bench

Greek Spice Rub

  • Author: Emma Lee
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 portion 1x
  • Category: Spice Rubs
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

 This easy-to-make Greek spice rub can completely change the flavour meal in a matter of minutes and always has a spot in my pantry.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • a 5cm sprig of fresh rosemary of its leaves, chopped finely (approx 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sumac

Instructions

  1. Pop all the ingredients in a mortar and pestle and gently grind for 10 seconds.
  2. Job done. Go forth and sprinkle that Greek spice rub everywhere!

Notes

 Sprinkle my Greek seasoning mix over roast vegetables, mix it into unsalted butter for an easy roast chicken rub, season a roast lamb leg, or dust the top of a grilled vegetable pizza for a Mediterranean kick.

Keywords: Spice rub, greek, grilling

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