What Are Some Spices That You Can Rub on Turkey?

Spice rubs for turkeys can include salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, paprika, herbs and mustard. Many spices combine beautifully with the juicy flavor of turkey to create a delicious meal.

A traditional spice rub includes black, white and pink peppercorns and dried rosemary blended with paprika salt and dry mustard. Another classic turkey rub combines sea salt, powdered and fresh garlic and aromatic basil leaves with paprika, dry mustard and onion powder for a savory creation.

For an international twist, cooks can try a Mediterranean rub. Fresh parsley, oregano and chives mix with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders and olive oil for a different take on turkey. Or, they can make an Asian-inspired rub featuring sesame seeds, crystallized ginger and crushed red pepper with garlic and onion powders, paprika, salt and dry mustard. An India-flavored rub combines curry powder with paprika, pistachio nuts, onion powder, crushed red pepper, cracked black pepper, salt and dry mustard for a rich take on turkey.

To create a smoky, spicy rub, chefs mix coffee grounds, paprika, brown sugar, onion and garlic powders, hickory-smoked salt and cracked black pepper to spread on the turkey. Or, they can add a bit of heat to the poultry with a blend of chipotle chili or red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, cracked black pepper, garlic and onion powders, salt, dried tomatoes and lime juice.