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Published May 22, 2023. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.
You will love this simple-to-prepare homemade seafood seasoning rub recipe that will take the flavor of your fish and shellfish to the next level. You will love how this tastes and be surprised at how many ingredients you will already have in your cupboards.
Seafood seasoning is a mixture of spices and herbs that are used to season seafood like fish or shellfish before it is cooked. This can also be used to season poaching liquids in things like poached salmon or a shrimp boil. While there are many pre-made seafood seasonings at the store, I prefer to make my own so that I can control the ingredient amounts and use more of what I like, like dill, and less of what I like, like ginger.
This seafood seasoning is easy-to-make and will last in a cool dry place as long as your dry spices do. I’ve tested and perfected the amount of salt in this recipe, so there is no need to add salt to whatever it is you are cooking.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Coriander – Use whole coriander seeds that are crushed, or use ground.
- Celery – These seeds will add great celery flavor to the seafood seasoning.
- Cayenne – This will add some spice to the recipe.
- Dill – some dry dill will perfectly complement the rub and your seafood.
- Ginger – dry ginger will add some fresh notes to the blend.
- Paprika – Some smoked paprika will add smoky flavors to the rub.
- Pepper – freshly ground or pre-ground black pepper
- Mustard – a little dry mustard will add some earthy flavors.
- All-spice – Use ground or finely crushed all-spice berries.
- Salt – I always use coarse salt in my cooking and baking.
How to Make Seafood Seasoning
Add all the dry spices to a medium-sized bowl.
Using a fork, spoon, or whisk, mix everything until combined. Use, or cover and store.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: You can make this Southwest Seasoning rub several days or weeks before using it.
How to Store: Put in an airtight container and store in a cool dark place for up to 6 months.
Chef Notes + Tips
- You can also store this in glass jars with an air-tight lid.
- You can add other ingredients: thyme, cumin, red pepper flakes, cardamom, cinnamon, or marjoram.
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Seafood Seasoning Recipe
- 3 tablespoons coarse sea salt
- 1 tablespoon crushed or ground coriander seeds
- 2 teaspoons celery seeds
- 1 ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1 ½ tablespoons dry dill
- ½ teaspoon dry ginger
- 1 ½ tablespoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon ground or crushed all-spice
- Add all the dry spices to a medium-sized bowl.
- Using a fork, spoon, or whisk, mix everything until combined. Use, or cover and sto