Adobo seasoning is a seasoning that consists primarily of garlic, oregano, black pepper and turmeric. Additional spices and ingredients added depend on regional preferences. Adobo seasoning can be prepared either as a dry spice mix or as a wet rub paste.
The term "Adobo" comes from the Spanish language and means "to marinate." As its name suggests, cooks commonly use Adobo seasoning to help flavor marinated dishes, especially those that use fish, meat or chicken. In the Philippines, the term "Adobo" refers to a dish of marinated meat or fish that is prepared in garlic, soy sauce, spices and vinegar.