All-Purpose Spice Rub

In another edition of Jena’s Tiny Kitchen’s Homemade Christmas Gifts, this one is super quick and easy. Plus, whomever you give it to will love it! 

I used an old dukkah mix container, gave it a good clean, and used it to give this spice rub as a gift to my best friend.

This rub can be used on everything: grilled veggies, roast chicken, grilled steak, pan-fried fish. It’s ideal for all dishes, so much so that I made some for myself as well. I’ll put up a recipe using the spice rub soon enough.

The best part is that this spice rub is made up of spices most people have in the house anyway (or an easy alternative version).

Your foodie friends will love this spice rub as a gift, even after Christmas.


2 tbsp ground cumin
2 tbsp paprika (smoked or unsmoked)
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp chilli powder
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
3 tbsp salt
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons black pepper

  1. Combine all spices in a bowl and mix through.
  2. Pour into glass jar to store, or as a gift.
  3. Rub on meat, fish or vegetables prior to cooking.

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