Orange Sage Wet Rub for Chicken, Pork or Fish

Orange Sage Wet Rub for Chicken, Pork, or Fish

This Orange Sage Wet Rub is so simple to mix up, and it adds amazing flavor to grilled or roasted chicken, pork, or fish. 

I’ll be honest, when I tested a bit of this rub after mixing I thought it tasted a little odd. The flavors hit my tongue in waves, first the sage then the garlic and orange came through. BUT, once I cooked the chicken the flavors had all blended together perfectly and it was promptly devoured.

What is a wet rub?

A wet rub is just like a dry rub, only it is made with wet ingredients. A dry rub is a blend of herbs and spices rubbed onto meat or fish before cooking. A wet rub adds liquid ingredients such as oil, honey, juice, liquid smoke, etc. 

The result is a surprisingly deep flavor, even if you only put it on a few minutes before cooking.

Can I use dried sage instead?

What? You don’t have a backyard full of sage bushes to grab a few leaves at a moment’s notice like I do? I even stick dried sage branches on the back of my grill whenever I grill for some added smokey flavor. I love my California native plants.

Fresh sage is best in this because it has such intensely flavored oils. But yes, you can use 1 teaspoon of dried sage leaves instead of 1 tablespoon of fresh. Be sure to crush the dried leaves between your fingers before adding to the mixture to help release the oil. 

If sage isn’t your herb of choice, you can use rosemary, basil, cilantro, or even parsley instead. All would pair well with the orange and garlic.

Orange Sage Wet Rub Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (or your favorite mild flavored oil)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Rub chicken, pork, or fish.
  3. Grill, barbecue or roast as you normally would.
  4. Optional: let the rub sit on the meat/fish for 10-15 minutes before cooking for deeper flavor.

Always use organic fruits and vegetables in your recipes.

Do you live in one of these Southern California Cities? Aguanga, Fallbrook, Hemet, Homeland, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, or Winchester.  If you do, you can use the local organic fruits and vegetables in our harvest deliveries for these recipes.

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About Audrey Humaciu

Audrey Humaciu is an avid "maker" that believes homemade is better. Check out her blog, That Recipe, and rediscover the simple pleasures of cooking and eating real foods that nourish your body, mind, and spirit. She'll show you how easy it can be.

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