Salmon Seasoning

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This delicious salmon seasoning is perfect for making flavorful fish! This mixture is sprinkled on and the salmon can be cooked any way you like.

Double or triple the batch because it’s great on other meats (like pork chops) too!

Salmon Seasoning on salmon

A Favorite Fish

Salmon is a large and fatty fish that is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and antioxidants.

It has a rich and buttery flavor, and even the fried skin can be eaten!

This seasoning recipe enhances the flavor of salmon with a smoky, savory seasoning with a touch of garlic. Don’t forget to squeeze a bit of lemon on as well!

Salmon Seasoning in a jar

How to Season Salmon

So many home cooks love to eat salmon. It’s also a popular menu entrée in steakhouses and seafood restaurants everywhere. But lots of us can get nervous about how to prepare salmon, especially because it can be pretty pricey. This is one all-purpose magic seasoning mix that’s sure to be a favorite!

  • Always season salmon right before cooking so the salt doesn’t begin to break down the flesh too soon.
  • We also like to sprinkle it on the flesh before baking it in the oven or pan-frying it on the stovetop.
  • Or add it to melted butter and brush on before cooking.

Salmon Seasoning on salmon before cooking

How to Cook Salmon

The shape and thickness of your salmon filet will determine how long it needs to cook. A thicker filet will need longer while a thinner and flatter filet will need less time.  Check your salmon early to ensure it doesn’t overcook.

Salmon should be slightly translucent in the center and flake easily with a fork. Like many types of meat, once it is removed from its heat source, it will continue to cook internally as the outside cools and seals in the juices.

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close up of Salmon Seasoning on cooked salmon with lemon and garnish in the back
5 from 18 votes
Review Recipe

Salmon Seasoning

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12
Author Holly Nilsson
Fresh & flavorful, this salmon seasoning is the perfect addition to a healthy, flaky salmon filet!


  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme leaves optional

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  • Combine spices in a small bowl.

To Use

  • Rub salmon fillets with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle seasoning mixture over salmon fillets and bake, broil or grill to desired doneness.

Recipe Notes

For a sweet glazed salmon, add 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar into the mixture.
If you'd like to store the salmon seasoning, ensure the lemon zest dries on the counter for a couple of days before storing.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 4, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 194mg, Potassium: 14mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 246IU, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Course Fish, Seasonings
Cuisine American
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  1. This was delicious. The seasoning recipe is awesome. A lemony light spices taste. I did not have smoked paprika, so I substituted a mojo blend seasoning and a tsp of hot sauce.5 stars

  2. This seasoning made my salmon the best I’ve ever eaten. I added the brown sugar as suggested and air fried. Superb!5 stars

  3. My husband used this in our grilled salmon tonight and it was delightful! Next time I’ll try your brown sugar option, broiled.5 stars