Healthy Dry Rub Recipes

Find healthy, delicious dry rub recipes including pork, brisket and chicken dry rubs. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Turkish Spice Mix

Make a big batch of this Turkish spice mix to have on hand when you need to whip up a quick vegetable dip or flavorful, easy salad dressing. Or try it as a rub for grilled or roasted meat or vegetables. The spice mix is also perfect to give as a hostess gift along with a recipe card for turning it into a dip or vinaigrette (see Tips, below). For the freshest, most economical spices, head to a store that has a large, well-stocked bulk spice department.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Sauteed Pork Chops with Apples

Rating: 5 stars 2
The Sugar and Spice Rub makes extra. So another time, use it to season pork tenderloin or lean burgers before broiling or grilling.

Crazy Herb Spice Mix

Rating: 5 stars 1
Make a big batch of this super-herbed spice mix to have on hand when you need to whip up a quick vegetable dip or flavorful, easy salad dressing. The spice mix is also perfect to give as a hostess gift along with a recipe card for turning it into a dip or vinaigrette (see Tips, below). For the freshest, most economical spices, head to a store that has a large, well-stocked bulk spice department.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Spatchcocked Chicken with Sweet & Spicy BBQ Rub

Rating: 5 stars 1
In this whole grilled chicken recipe, the backbone is removed and the chicken is flattened then grilled under the weight of 2 bricks--which enables it to cook quickly and evenly. The homemade rub recipe makes enough to prepare 2 pounds of boneless chicken or 4 pounds of bone-in chicken, but you can easily double or triple the recipe and store the extra in an airtight container for up to 3 months so you can have it on hand throughout the grilling season.
By David Bonom

Garlic Lover's Rub

Rating: 4 stars 7
In this wet rub, we let the aromatic champion take center stage--a sure winner for the garlic lover in all of us. This rub is so versatile, we think it's great with virtually any meat or vegetable. Use on: Extra-firm tofu, shrimp, scallops, salmon, mahi-mahi, chicken, duck, pork, beef, lamb.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Air-Fryer Salmon with Horseradish Rub

A crust of fresh horseradish, parsley and capers turns delicately crispy on this air-fried salmon. It's an impressive dinner that's also super simple to make. If you can't find fresh horseradish, use a high-quality prepared product. Be sure to drain and squeeze it to remove as much moisture as possible.

Spanish Rub

Rating: 5 stars 1
Two kinds of paprika, cilantro and lemon give Spanish flair to pork chops, tenderloin or shrimp.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Lemon-Pepper Steak

Flank steak has fewer calories than other cuts of beef and loads of protein. In this recipe, it's seasoned with a simple--yet flavorful--dry rub of oregano, lemon peel and black pepper. Serve it with your favorite grilled or roasted veggies.

Grilled Leg of Lamb with Mint-Garlic Rub

In this elegant lamb recipe perfect for entertaining, boneless leg of lamb gets a mint and garlic rub. The butterflied lamb cooks in record time and the varying thickness means some slices will be more done than others, so there's something for everyone. The recipe calls for a cut that's large enough to serve about 16 people and still have enough leftovers to make an awesome sandwich or pasta.
By Danielle Centoni

Carolina Barbecued Pork

Rating: 5 stars 1
A sweet & spicy dry rub adds amazing flavor to pork roast in this barbecued pork recipe. Don't skimp on the basting sauce during the last hour of grilling--it's loaded with tart vinegar, fresh herbs, and zesty crushed red pepper and adds a delightful zing to each bite of the pork.
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