Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

Moroccan and Tunesian flavors in this rub. Use on poultry, lamb, beef or pork, two to three hours at room temperature before grilling is the normal way of using this paste. It has strong spicy flavors and I prefer to use it mixed with yogurt or buttermilk, for marinating or basting. If you have roasted garlic paste use that instead of the garlic cloves, use 1 tablespoon. The original recipe used three tablespoons of salt, too salty for our tastes but feel free to add more salt or even reduce it to less. This will keep in the fridge for up to six months.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a spice grinder (I use a coffee grinder)grind the salt, oregano, rosemary, caraway and the turmeric to a fine powder.
  2. Mix this with the Harissa, garlic and the three tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Transfer to a small jar and top with more olive oil so it won't dry out (always keep a thin layer on top).
Most Helpful

What a nice, versatile rub mixture. I used it on chicken, then baked the chicken in a 350 degree oven for about an hour. The rub imparted a unique and very tasty flavor. Next time I will cut down the salt to maybe 1 tablespoon of the coarse sea salt. Thanks for posting this yummy rub recipe!

LifeIsGood November 12, 2008

went very well with the ethipion dinner i made...this was the only african meat rub recipe i could find for the die hard meat eaters around me and they loved it!

breezee1984 July 15, 2007

This was absolutely fantastic! I used half this mixture on a nice steak and the other half on some chicken last night - both were really amazingly tasty and like chia I did not find this too spicy at all, just full of great flavour - thanks for the recipe which will certainly be made again!

currybunny July 31, 2005