Dry braai rub

Make a big batch of this dry rub and store in a jar to have in your kitchen for a variety of meals.

Ready in

10 mins

Serving size

Makes 125 ml
See recipe for use and quantities


  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) paprika
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) dried origanum
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) dried parsley


  1. Mix all the ingredients together. Meat, chicken, fish or veggies should only be seasoned with salt and pepper before braaiing it. Use no more than 1½ tsp (7,5 ml) salt per kilogram of meat.
  2. Place rub in an airtight container or glass jar and store away from direct sunlight, like in a cupboard or drawer. The mixture will last for 2-3 months if stored correctly.
  3. To use as a dry rub: rub 4 tsp (20 ml) or to taste onto 750 g meat, like steak, chicken, other meat or even veggies. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes or braai immediately.
  4. To use as a marinade: mix 4 tsp (20 ml) of the rub with ¼ cup (60 ml) olive or canola oil and 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice. This is enough for about 1,5 kg or 8– 10 portions.
  5. Place marinade in a large mixing bowl, add ingredients to be marinated and mix until well coated. Marinate for 1-2 hours or overnight.
  6. Braai over medium coals until cooked to your preference. Cooking time will depend on the ingredient used. Brush with any extra marinade during the cooking time.


  1. For a spicier rub, substitute all, or half of the paprika with chilli powder or cayenne pepper.

Dry braai rub

This braai rub is so versatile and can be prepared in bulk and kept in your spice cupboard, in a jar, for up to 3 months.

Dry braai rub infographic

Two ideas with a dry braai rub

This recipe is from Cooking from the heart, 4th edition: Braai

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