Fish Seasoning Recipe

Your favorite fish recipes will taste a whole lot better with an easy, affordable, and flavorful Fish Seasoning recipe!

There are so many herbs and spices to choose from and it can be hard to choose which ones to use for cooking fish. But there is no need to worry because I will share with you the best combination you can use.

Seasoning plays a crucial part in cooking fish and now, you have the key to the perfect spice rub for any kind of fish. Once you use it and cook the fish, you will taste just how incredible the burst and blend of flavors are.

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Here, you will learn the secret to the most awesome fish seasoning to use for baking, grilling, roasting, and more. In aroma, flavor, and quality, this fish seasoning is the one to beat!

How to Make Fish Seasoning

Instead of going through the trouble of adding the spices one by one, why not combine them in one jar, right? It’s ready and quick to use whenever you need a good fish seasoning for your favorite kinds of fish.

You don’t even need much effort, all you need are the right herbs and spices!

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What goes into the best fish seasoning recipe?

Mixed herbs

One of the things I love about mixed herbs is that it’s literally a mix of different 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.

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. You can use them as a garnish or a flavoring agent for lots of recipes.

Moreover, you can use it as a seasoning for eggs, soups, and other dishes. It truly jives with almost any dish you can think of. 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 and fragrance.

it’s great for dry rubs, marinade, and even breading. 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.

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Garlic granules

Don’t you just love how garlic granules have that intense buttery and spicy flavor and aroma? Since the garlic already has a fine texture, it’ll be easier to use and mix into the other spices.

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. It’s perfect for any dish you can think of.

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. Paprika is already delicious but wait until you taste smoked paprika.

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. You might be surprised at the depth of quality it can give.

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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. Black pepper can also remove any strong fishy smell or flavor.

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 for easy mixing.


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 truly goes hand in hand with the rest of the spices.

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. I can’t even remember how many times I seasoned with sea salt before!

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

You can easily make your own mixed herbs at home. All you need are basil, parsley, marjoram, oregano, sage, tarragon, and thyme. Place them in a jar to store. I always have it in my kitchen for everyday use!

Cumin powder

You can easily prepare cumin powder at home. When you have cumin seeds, just toast them, grind, filter, and store them.

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 and onions.
  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, grind them in the blender, food processor, grinder, mortar and pestle, or other similar tools.
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Smoked paprika

Now, let’s take a look at how to make 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. 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. You may have black pepper in your kitchen right now, too.


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. 


Here’s how you can make mace:

  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. You can add the ingredients according to how you want the fish to taste. Your fish can be as smoky, savory, or even as sweet as you want.

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.

Keep it near your kitchen counter so you can grab it whenever you need it. 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 is the best seasoning to put on 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. You should also store and prepare your fish properly.

What does fish spice contain?

It depends on the spice recipe you use. In this recipe, you just need mixed herbs, cumin, smoked paprika, mace, black pepper, sea salt, chives, onion granules, and garlic granules.

How to season fish before frying?

Before you season the fish, pat it dry first. Season it generously on all sides until fully coated. You can also dredge it in breading if you want a crispy dish. Then, cook the fish and drain out the oil, if any.

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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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