Definition: Adobo comes from the Spanish word adobar, which literally means "to 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.
Common Misspellings: adobe