7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies– these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep!  They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

After the huge popularity of these 7 Chicken Marinade Recipes You Can Freeze, I thought it would be really great to share some dry rub recipes with you!

If you ask me, dry rub recipes are even more useful than marinades, because you don’t need to plan ahead.  Having salmon/chicken/roasted veggies for dinner?  Any one of these rubs will work, and they will all give a completely different flavor profiles.  PLUS: you don’t need to do anything ahead of time!

Some of these dry rub recipes are ones I’ve used in previous posts, and some of them are brand new.  And look out because I may start adding new rubs to this post as I come up with them!  I have a number of rubs on my list that I didn’t quite get around to making.

So let’s get into it, shall we?

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

What equipment will you need to make these dry rubs?

  • some measuring spoons
  • some 3-4 oz spice jars (I couldn’t find these exact jars on Amazon, but these ones look great and have cute chalkboard labels to go with them!)
  • a spice funnel would be useful but is not necessary
  • spices galore!  None of these spices are obscure or hard to find, so you should be able to stock up at your grocery store or bulk foods store!

Let’s check out these 7 easy dry rub recipes!

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

1. Mexican (Fajita) Dry Rub

If this dry rub looks familiar, you may have participated in our April 2017 Lunch Prep Challenge, where we made sheet pan fajitas.  This is my favorite fajita seasoning, and while it makes great fajitas, you can use it on so many other meals as well: salmon, grilled veggies, potatoes (<–so good!).  There is a touch of sugar, and this is important to balance out all of the savory flavors, but this dry rub doesn’t taste sweet at all.

Try this fajita dry rub on:

Mexican Rub
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional; ¼ teaspoon for a mild spice)
Instructions
  1. Stir together all ingredients and store in an airtight container for up to a year.
  2. Makes approximately ⅔ cup.

 

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

2. Brown Sugar Chili Rub

This rub recipe has been used on several recipes on the site already, and is one of my all time favorites!  I love the contrast between the sweet brown sugar and savory chili powder.  It is not spicy, but you can crank it up a notch by adding in some cayenne.  And I love that it only has 5 ingredients, which makes it super simple to whip up.

Try this Brown Sugar Chili Rub on:

Brown Sugar Chili Rub
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Stir together all ingredients and store in an airtight container for up to a year.
  2. Makes approximately ½ cup

 

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

3. Indian Spiced Dry Rub (Curry)

This is a fairly new-to-me recipe, but I used the same spice ratios in the filling for last month’s samosas and loved the flavors that it gave…plus the simplicity of only five simple spices.  This is particularly great on grilled or roasted cauliflower, and even better served with some raita or yogurt sauce.

Use this Indian Spiced Dry Rub on:

Indian Spice Rub
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Stir together all ingredients and store in an airtight container for up to a year.
  2. Makes approximately ½ cup

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

4. Greek Rub

This is a brand new rub that I’m absolutely obsessed with!  Packed full of savory flavor thanks to the garlic and onion powder, and that herby flavor characteristic of Greek cooking thanks to some dried basil, oregano and dill.  This rub is great on a variety of proteins and veggies!  Tip: make sure you shake up your seasoning well, as the herbs & powders can separate a touch.

Use this Greek rub on:

  • fish, especially white fish
  • Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner (recipe coming August 10)
  • skewers, especially if you add some slices of lemon
Greek Rub
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 4 teaspoons basil
  • 2 teaspoons dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
Instructions
  1. Stir together all ingredients and store in an airtight container for up to a year.
  2. Makes approximately ½ cup.

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

5. Jamaican Rub

Now this is definitely a familiar rub around here…I used it as the base for the Jamaican jerk chicken marinade in this post, and it is also great on sheet pan dinner recipes.  Is it a truly authentic Jamaican recipe?  Probably not.  But it tastes darn good, and you don’t need your food processor to make it!  This rub goes amazingly well with fresh mango or a mango salsa!

Use this Jamaican rub on:

Jamaican Spice Rub
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne (for mild spice) or ¼ teaspoon (for spice-ay!)
Instructions
  1. Stir together all ingredients and store in an airtight container for up to a year.
  2. Makes approximately ½ cup.

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

6. Moroccan spice rub

I love love LOVE this dry rub recipe!  It is somewhat similar to the brown sugar chili spice rub but it has a few extra notes of cinnamon, ginger and cloves that give it a distinctive flavor.  The sweet/savory contrast is beautiful, and you can spice it up as much as you’d like.  We enjoyed a kid-friendly version with no cayenne but crank it up if you’d like!  Start with 1/4 teaspoon, taste, and add more as needed.

Use this Moroccan spice rub on:

  • Moroccan Couscous Meal Prep Bowls (coming soon!)
  • lamb, chicken
  • roasted cauliflower, potatoes & sweet potatoes
Moroccan Spice Rub
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Instructions
  1. Stir together all ingredients and store in an airtight container for up to a year.
  2. Makes approximately ½ cup.

7 easy dry rub recipes for meat or veggies-- these rubs are absolutely perfect to mix up the flavors in your meal prep! They are great on sheet pan dinners, roasted or grilled veggies, meat and seafood.

7. Lemon Herb Spice Rub

Taking a break from some of the more intense spice rubs, this one is light, fresh and perfect for summer.  It goes well especially well on seafood, and if you’d like to boost the lemon flavor even more, add a few slices of fresh lemon!

Use this lemon herb spice rub on:

  • This Lemon Pepper Sheet Pan Salmon (recipe coming soon!)
  • asparagus, green beans, zucchini

Lemon Herb Spice Rub
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
Instructions
  1. Stir together all ingredients and store in an airtight container for up to a year.
  2. Makes approximately ⅓ cup.

 

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