Fish Seasoning Recipe

Enjoy fish like never before with an easy, affordable, and flavorful Fish Seasoning recipe!

With the many herbs and spices to choose from, it’s hard to decide on a combination that suits your taste. But don’t worry because I’ll be sharing the seasoning recipe I’ve been using.

In this recipe, you’ll learn one of the best spice rubs that taste well in fish. Every bite will give you an incredible burst of flavor that you won’t be able to get enough of.

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It’s the perfect seasoning to use for baking, grilling, or roasting. Moreover, it will certainly improve the overall quality of the fish. Indeed, this recipe is my secret to a stellar fish dish!

How to Make Fish Seasoning

You might be surprised at how simple it is to make fish seasoning. In fact, it’s almost effortless! It only takes five minutes to make the all-time best fish seasoning.

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If you have these spices and herbs in stock, then you can make the fish seasoning in no time. 

Mixed herbs

One of the things I love about mixed herbs is that it’s literally a mix of the best herbs. Aside from its rich flavors, it also radiates a fragrant aroma to make any dish appetizing.

Every time I use mixed herbs for dishes, it truly works like magic. You can use it for fish, meat, veggies, and more of your favorite recipes.

It’s easy to make mixed herbs at home, as long as you have your preferred herbs. I use it to season most of my recipes, like Popcorn Chicken, Dodo Gizzard Stick Meat, and Egg and Cheese Sandwich!


What gives the fish seasoning a richer quality? Chives! These herbs are known for their pungent and onion-like flavor and aroma. They’re usually used as garnish or flavoring agents.

Moreover, you can use it as a seasoning for eggs, soups, and other dishes. I especially suggest adding chives to Grilled Salmon for savory goodness!


While commonly used as a spice in Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, cumin can instantly upgrade your fish seasoning. It is known for its distinct spicy, warm, and nutty flavor.

Aside from the flavor it gives, Healthline shared that cumin has health benefits, especially for digestion, diabetes, heart health, weight loss, and inflammation.

I usually use cumin to cook Curry Chicken Pasta, Guacamole, and Grilled Salmon. Trust me, the cumin will give a much better quality to your recipes.

baked fish seasoning prep
Garlic granules

Don’t forget to add garlic granules for an intense buttery and pungent flavor and aroma. Since the garlic already has a fine texture, it’ll be easier to use.

Using garlic granules is a good way of infusing its flavor into the fish. Remember that it’s not the same as garlic powder because you need twice the amount of granules to give it the same effect.

Onion granules

Whenever you use garlic granules, why not use onion granules, too? Just like fresh onions, these granules add a pungent, peppery, and spicy flavor to the fish.

You can make it at home by grinding dehydrated onions for an easy homemade condiment. It is best to use it when you want to enjoy a pungent flavor without the texture of fresh onion.

Smoked paprika

Give fish a pleasant smoky quality with smoked paprika. These are made of red peppers that give the perfect mix of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors.

This seasoning is also great for Jollof Rice, Pizza Sauce, and Fish Stew! As an alternative, use paprika for a less woody flavor and aroma.

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Black pepper

No matter what recipe I’m cooking, black pepper is always one of my go-to spices. It has a mildly spicy and earthy yet citrus flavor for almost any dish.

You can use it for dressings, eggs, stir fry, and dry rubs. It’s a versatile spice that goes well with almost any dish. Instead of whole black peppers, you can also use ground black pepper.


How amazing would it be when you add mace to the fish seasoning? Mace is made from the dried outer shell of nutmeg seeds that tastes woody, warm, and citrusy.

It gives a taste similar to cinnamon and pepper. You can also use this for baked goods, porridge, custards, and more. The mace will certainly turn your fish recipes around.

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Sea salt

Let’s top off the fish seasoning recipe with sea salt. It balances all of the flavors with the right level of saltiness. I’m sure you’ve used sea salt in most of your recipes before.

You can season almost anything with salt. Even if added in a small amount, it can give a big change to your dishes. It’s definitely a staple spice in your kitchen.

After trying many combinations in the past, I have found that these ingredients are the best for fish seasoning. Try it out, and let me know if you love it!


It only takes simple steps to make fish seasoning:

  1. Measure the ingredients with measuring spoons.
  2. Then, put them in a spice grinder.
  3. Blend the contents until smooth and powdery.
  4. Once happy with the texture, transfer it into a jar to store!
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It is so easy to do that it almost prepares itself. Whenever I use this fish seasoning, my family enjoys hearty, delicious, and flavorful fish meals!


Mixed herbs

To make mixed herbs, mix basil, parsley, marjoram, oregano, sage, tarragon, and thyme. Place them in a jar to store.

My homemade mixed herbs are always available in my kitchen because I use them almost daily!

Cumin powder

You can easily prepare cumin powder at home. Buy cumin in the grocery store and repeatedly roll and crush them using a rolling pin, mortar and pestle, or other similar kitchen tools. 

Garlic granules and onion granules

  1. Peel the garlic cloves.
  2. Arrange them on a baking tray.
  3. Dry them in the oven at 65°C for up to two hours or in the dehydrator at 46°C for up to seven hours. 
  4. Once crumbly in texture, powderize the dried garlic in the blender, food processor, grinder, mortar and pestle, or other similar tools.
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Smoked paprika

  1. Rinse, deseed, and slice the sweet peppers.
  2. Smoke the sweet peppers in an electric or charcoal smoker for about three hours.
  3. Then, grind the contents.

Otherwise, bake them in the oven at 93°C for about three hours. You can also do it in the dehydrator at 52°C for at least five hours.

Black pepper

If you have whole peppercorns, then you can grind them in a food processor, blender, or with a mortar and pestle until you get a fine powder.


Bon Appetit suggests buying chives with a green color and crispy texture. You can buy them in bunches, so ensure they do not have wilted chives.

Wrap them in cling film, and refrigerate or freeze them to extend their shelf life. 


  1. Roast the mace in a pan until crisp.
  2. Then, use a grinder to turn it into a powder.
  3. Filter the contents with a sieve.
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Fish Seasoning Variations

The best thing about making fish seasoning at home is that you can make any flavor you want. For instance, you can add chili flakes for a spicy flavor, too.

Mustard powder, allspice, cayenne, cardamom, ground ginger, and dried dillweed also make good spices for fish seasoning. Don’t be afraid to use marinades such as soy sauce, coconut milk, or other condiments!

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How to Use Fish Seasoning

Not only is fish seasoning easy to make, but it’s also simple to use. Just lightly rub it on both sides of the fish and marinate for at least 30 minutes before baking, roasting, or grilling.

Do not use too much seasoning to prevent overpowering the fish’s natural flavor. I suggest this fish seasoning for tilapia, croaker, bream, salmon, tuna, shrimp, crab, halibut, scallops, and other seafood. 

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Store the fish seasoning in a container for two years. 

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  • In the fridge: Don’t store the seasoning in the fridge to prevent clumping.
  • To freeze: Fish seasoning is not suggested for freezing because of the moisture. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

What seasonings go well with fish?

Aside from the seasonings mentioned in this recipe, you can also try other combinations that you think will taste good. For instance, Greenwood Fish Market suggests:

  • Dill
  • Basil
  • Lemongrass
  • Sage
  • Parsley
  • Smoked paprika
  • Rosemary

How do you make fish taste good?

The best way to make fish taste good is to use a good seasoning blend in the right amount. Even if you get the flavor right, you still need to use just enough of it to season the fish.

What can you marinate fish in?

There are different ways to marinate fish. Aside from dry rubs like this fish seasoning recipe, you can also use a wet dredge. In fact, there are recipes that use a mix of wet and dry marinades.

What does seafood seasoning contain?

It depends on your preference. You can make a combination that tastes smoky, savory, spicy, salty, or even sweet seafood seasoning blend. Usually, recipes use herbs and spices like mixed herbs, cumin, smoked paprika, and more!

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Fish Seasoning

5 from 1 vote
Cook any fish or seafood to perfection by using this special fish seasoning recipe made from the best herbs and spices!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 45 g
Course Condiment/spice
Cuisine Asia, Indian
Calories 1kcal


  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs
  • A pinch cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp onion granules
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • A pinch black pepper
  • 1 tsp chives
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp mace (optional)


  • Since the ingredients are already in small particles, combine everything in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, powdery, and fully combined.
  • Store seasoning in a glass jar and place it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.




Serving: 1gCalories: 1kcalCarbohydrates: 0.1gProtein: 0.02gFat: 0.01gSaturated Fat: 0.003gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.003gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 52mgPotassium: 2mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 0.01gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.02mg
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