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Savory Turkey Herb Rub Recipe

I am all over make ahead herb mixes and rub recipes because they take seconds to make and are an easy way to make dinner taste fancy on the cheap when you don’t have the time to cook something elaborate.

Which is pretty much me all of the time.

Inspired by an over productive summer herb garden, a turkey breast I needed to defrost to get back some freezer space, and my social media feeds blowing up with posts from  friends competing in an international amateur swimming event in France,  I set out to create a savory meat rub recipe that is similar of French Herbes de Provence.

Which is a fancy way of saying spice mix made from herbs that grow well in Provence, France.

Oooh la la!

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PS: This rub is a great gift idea for your favorite BBQ pit master!

Originally I created this savory herb mix recipe to kick up a turkey (and as a test run for making Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.)  It tastes so fantastic that I used my savory meat rub on just about every type of meat my husband and I could think of: fish, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, and even lamb with excellent, excellent results.

Let’s just say, it’s been a savory kind of summer!

How to Make a Savory Poultry, Beef, Fish, and Lamb Spice Rub Recipe

Some of the spices in my savory meat rub recipe can be seasonal, hard to find, or you run out in the middle of cooking a recipe – raises hand.

I know where you’re coming from because the same thing happened to me while I kept making this recipe during the summer grilling season.

I included the spice substitutions I used or you can just leave out the spice you don’t have/can’t find. Think of it as the Chose Your Own Adventure of Meat Rub Recipes.

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe:

3 Tablespoons of dried thyme

2 Tablespoons of  dried savory – or you can substitute marjoram or rosemary 

2 Tablespoons of dried oregano

2 Tablespoons of dried rosemary

1 Tablespoon of dried marjoram – or you can substitute sage or oregano

2 Tablespoons of dried parsley
  1 Tablespoon of dried lavender flowers – make sure you use culinary lavender buds like these for cooking! Craft/beauty recipe lavender buds usually have things added to bump up the scent or color that are not meant to be eaten and taste terrible!

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How to cook this recipe:

Use an herb grinder (this is the exact electric herb grinder I use) or if you are too lazy to reach on your tip toes to get the grinder out of the high kitchen cupboard, you can use a mortar and pestle (like my mortar and pestle here) to mix, crush  and grind the larger herbs together.

That’s it. So simple!

I store my savory herb rub in a mini mason jar like this one in my spice rack. So cute!

How to cook with a savory meat and fish rub:

1. Coat each piece of meat (fish, beef, turkey, chicken, or lamb) lightly with olive oil (or the cooking oil of your choice.)  

2. Grill, bake, sauté, roast the meat of your choices until done.

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If you do not want to make it yourself, check out the Herbes de Provence spice mixes below.

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Jhuls said…
I could almost smell it - so fragrant! It is so amazing that you made it yourself; I haven't tried making it. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!
Tarahlynn said…
Thanks so much for sharing with us I'll be featuring you when the next To grandma's house we go party starts! Merry Xmas!
Lisa Lynn said…
Looks delicious! Thank you for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays! I hope to see you again this week!
Happy New Year!
I love homemade herb blends! I'd be honored if you shared it at our What's for Dinner party!
I'm so happy you came by and shared your recipe at our party! Hope to see you next week too!