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Rosemary and Garlic Herb Rub

Rosemary-Garlic Herb RubI started this month of South Beach Diet phase one recipes with Roasted Salmon with Rosemary-Garlic Rub. Since then I’ve used the Rosemary-Garlic Rub on so many things that I thought it should have it’s own post so I can add it to Herb and Spice Blends in the recipe archives. I love this type of flavorful rub, and if it had been summer I would have used fresh rosemary and chopped fresh garlic, like I did when I made Sage, Rosemary, and Garlic Dried Herb Rub. However I was making this in the dead of winter, so I went with dried rosemary and granulated garlic. I’ve gotten good feedback from quite a few people I gave it to for Christmas, but I do want to point out that the rub is 40% sea salt, so if you’re not a salt lover or need to monitor your salt intake, use it sparingly or modify the recipe to have less salt.

Rosemary-Garlic Rub for Pork, Chicken, or Salmon
(Makes slightly over 1/2 cup of rub. Recipe can be cut in half, but this keeps indefinitely so I recommend making the full amount and storing in a small glass jar. Recipe created by Kalyn)

4 T sea salt
2 T dried cracked rosemary (see note)
2 T granulated garlic (not garlic powder)
1 T coarse grind black pepper
1 T Spike Seasoning (optional, but recommended)


The rub can be made in a mortar and pestle or probably even a blender, but I used a mini food processor. If you don’t have cracked rosemary, start by putting rosemary in small plastic food storage bag and pounding with meat mallet or heavy dish until rosemary is broken apart.

Blend salt and cracked rosemary in food processor one minute, or longer, until mixture is fairly ground but still has some texture to it. Add other ingredients and process about one minute more, until mixture is finely ground and well blended.

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Recipes Ideas for Using This Herb Rub:
Roasted Salmon with Rosemary-Garlic Rub
Herb-Rubbed Pork Roast

More Herb Blends to Try:
Kalyn’s Herb Blend
Roast Chicken Seasoning Rub
Kalyn’s Take on Montreal Steak Seasoning
Ethnic Spice Blends from The Leftover Queen
Italian Herb Mixture from What’s For Lunch Honey
(Want even more herb and spice blend recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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    4 Comments on “Rosemary and Garlic Herb Rub”

  1. Gosh this is so easy and rubs make anything more tasty.

  2. This’ll come in really useful as a great way to use up those garden herbs – whenever they recover from this years winter, that is!

  3. Oh Kalyn, whenever I read about your herb and spice blends I feel sooooo guilty about never making my own! Sounds so fabulous and so simple to make…

  4. Something like this would be nice to always have in the pantry!