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Adobo Seasoning

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Pork seasoned with adobo
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Definition: Adobo comes from the Spanish word adobar, which literally means "€œto marinate"€. It is a common all-purpose seasoning that is used to flavor and/or marinate meat, chicken, or fish. Adobo can be prepared a couple of ways: a dry spice mix and a wet rub paste.

The central ingredients of adobo are garlic, oregano, black pepper, and turmeric. Then, based on regional preferences, other spices and/or ingredients are added to the basic adobo.

Adobo seasoning is prepared in Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain.

Note: In the Philippines, a dish of marinated meat or fish seasoned with garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, and spices is referred to as Adobo. For example: Chicken Adobo. This name refers to the dish as a whole, not the seasoning of the dish. Philippine cuisine carries a heavy Spanish influence because Spain ruled the Philippines for almost 400 years.

Pronunciation: ah-doe-boe

Common Misspellings: adobe

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