All-Purpose Dry Marinade

To use the dry marinade, simply sprinkle 1–2 teaspoons on each side of your meat, poultry, fish, or vegetables and let sit. Meat and poultry improves from a full day in the refrigerator with the dry marinade rubbed in. Fish and vegetables can go on the stove or grill almost immediately.

Makes: 1½ cupsHands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 2 hours 30 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 1½ cups


  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano, diced
  • ¼ cup chives, chopped
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 chili pepper
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup paprika
  • ⅓ cup kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup coarse peppercorns
  • 2 Tbsp. dry mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. dry Worcestershire sauce powder
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds


  • Place the onion, garlic, oregano, and chives, evenly spaced, in the dehydrator or on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Zest the orange and lemon peels; put them on a second layer or sheet. Finely dice the orange and lemon; place on a third layer or sheet. Carefully seed the hot pepper(s); dice. Place on a fourth layer or sheet.
  • Dry the herbs, fruit, and pepper in the oven at 150ºF until crunchy. The mixture will dry in about 2 hours, but make sure that everything is crunchy (not rubbery). Any rubbery items should remain in the heat until fully dried. If using a dehydrator, follow the manufacturer’s recommended time and temperature guidelines, leaving longer if the items aren’t fully crunchy.
  • Place all the freshly dried goods in a spice grinder and grind for consistency.
  • Add spices to the remaining base ingredients; mix well. Store in an airtight container located in a cool, dark area. Dry marinade is good for approximately 1 year.