Inspired by ras el hanout, the earthy sweet Moroccan spice rub used for centuries across North Africa, this combination of Moroccan spices and chile is sweetly earthy with its harmonic convergence of cumin, coriander, cinnamon, paprika, cloves, cayenne, aniseed, and more. It may look like a laundry list of ingredients yet it’s so worth it to make a batch and keep a stash on as a potion to reach for on a wacky weeknight when there’s no time to waste. For starters, let it work its considerable magic on a simple roast chicken.
Moroccan Spice Rub
- 1/4 cup ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons ground coriander
- 1 1/2 teaspoons hot chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon ground aniseed
- Mix the spices together in a small bowl.
- Sprinkle on chicken, pork, salmon, or wherever the spirit moves you. If not using immediately, transfer the spice rub to a container with a tight lid and keep it at room temperature for up to 6 months.
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Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Recipe Testers’ Reviews
I used this GREAT spice mixture with its accompanying Moroccan Spiced Chicken recipe. As I mentioned in that review, THIS RUB WAS BRILLIANT. Today I chose to use this mixture in a butternut squash soup. Again, I must lavish high praise on this recipe. Simply DELICIOUS!
I used this Moroccan Spice Rub on a whole roasted chicken and used the drippings as a gravy base. I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten more rave reviews from my family than this! It was spicy but completely balanced. And even though there’s a long list of spices in this rub, the flavors don’t get muted or dampened. I think I’ll make up another batch and keep it ready to go in my spice cabinet.