Recipe Details

Originating from the Basque region of France, the Espelette pepper is distinctively smoky, sweet, and mildly hot. It brings stand-out flavor and vibrant color to this zesty, Mediterranean-herbed rub. Use it to enhance the taste of grilled meats, burgers, vegetables, seafood, and poultry.

  1. Mix all ingredients in small bowl until well blended.
  2. Store in tightly covered jar in cool, dry place.


Piment d’Espelette can be found in specialty food stores or online. A hot paprika, such as McCormick Gourmet™ Hot Hungarian Paprika can be used as a substitute, if unable to find Piment d’Espelette. This rub is also great on plancha grilled meats, burgers, vegetables, fish and poultry. Use Basque-Inspired Rub with Espelette Pepper to prepare Crusted Fish and Ratatouille a la Plancha.