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Adobo sauce recipe

How to Make Adobo Sauce

Steven Pennington
Adobe sauce is rich with smokiness, a touch of spice, full floral aroma, with a touch of sweet fruitiness.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 14 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Southern American

Suggested Equipment

Blender
Food Processor

Ingredients
 

Dried Chiles

  • Chipotle Peppers 20 chiles (20 chiles)
  • Guajillo 15 chiles (15 chiles)
  • Puya Chiles  or/ Pasilla 15 chiles (15 chiles)
  • Ancho Peppers 8 chiles (6 chiles)

Fresh Peppers

  • Jalapenos 3 (3 )
  • Serranos 3 (3 )
  • Shishitos 5 (5 )

Herbs & Spices

  • Cumin 1 ½ tablespoon (1.5 tablespoon)
  • Fennel Seed 1 ½ tablespoon (1.5 tablespoon)
  • Thyme 1 ½ tablespoon (1.5 tablespoon)
  • Mustard Seed 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon)
  • Minced Garlic 2 tablespoon

Ingredients

  • Canola Oil ¾ cup (168 g)
  • Olive Oil (/ optional) ¼ cup (54 g)
  • Water (/ use a much as needed to create a paste-like consistency ) 1 cup (236.59 g)
  • Kosher Salt 2 tablespoon (2 tablespoon)
  • Onion 1 medium (1 medium)
  • Brown Sugar 2 tablespoon (2 tablespoon)
  • Lime 1 juiced (1 juiced)

Instructions
 

How To Control Adobo Sauce Spiciness

  • For a balanced adobo sauce, you'll want to remove the seeds and stems.
    If you would like the adobo sauce to be spicy hot, start by removing the seeds. Then smash/grind the seeds into a paste. This way the adobo sauce will not be full of seeds and have improved texture.

Preparing the Chiles

  • Roast the dried chiles on a cookie sheet in a preheated oven of 400 degrees for about 5 minutes. You'll know the chiles are almost done once you can smell them in the air.
    You'll want the chiles to be almost crispy once out of the oven. They will crisp up even further once out of the oven as they cool down. This will make blending them easier.

Herbs & Spices

  • Next, toast the spices and herbs in a dry pan on the stovetop. Do not add anything to the pan other than the herbs and spices. Take about 3 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they do not burn.
    TIP: - while toasting, you can move the pan on and off the heat to control the toasting process. Best practice...
  • Toasting: Add to dry pan on medium heat,
    - 1 ½ tablespoon of Cumin
    - 1 tablespoon of Mustard Seeds
    - 1 ½ tablespoon of Fennel Seeds
    - 1 ½ tablespoon of Dried Thyme
  • Using a blender or food processor. I like using a blender since it has high walls and the chiles are long/tall.
    Start with the roasted chiles in the blender and get them to blend up first. Add water at this point to help the blender chop the chiles.
    Start with ½ cup of water to moisten the dried chiles and blend again. Then add in ½ cup of canola oil plus ¼ cup of olive oil. Add as much water/oil as needed to create a paste consistency.
    Next, add in one medium onion, 1+ tablespoons of kosher salt, plus 2+ tablespoons of brown sugar, normal white sugar will work. Squeeze or juice one lime and add to the blender.
  • After adding all the ingredients, adjust the consistency with water.
    The end result, you will want the consistency of a paste. If the mixture looks too tight/thick add more water or oil.

Adobo Sauce Recipe Ideas / Uses

  • - Soups: Depth of flavor
    - Spicy Mayonnaise
    - Marinade on chicken/turkey
    - Chili recipes
    - Spicy Hummus dips

Notes

Chef Tips

  • Roasting the dried chiles releases their natural oils and improves the flavor
  • Adding fresh peppers gives needed fresh acid, deeper flavor, and capsaicin (spice oil)
  • Brown sugar, the secret ingredient to balancing
  • Adobo sauce will mature in flavor by a small amount of fermentation while in controlled temperature, ie the refrigerator
  • Experimenting with different chiles and peppers is the most fun in my opinion with adobo sauce making. Keep an eye out while shopping during the year. Take note of what is available and in season. Build your foundational recipe here today, and next time make a small adjustment. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Adobo Sauce
Serving Size
 
2 tbsp
Amount per Serving
Calories
35
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1.6
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.09
g
1
%
Sodium
 
107
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
24
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
1.4
g
0
%
Fiber
 
0.35
g
1
%
Sugar
 
0.04
g
0
%
Protein
 
0.27
g
1
%
Vitamin A
 
230
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
1.8
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
6.1
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.54
mg
3
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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