Fish Seasoning

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This homemade fish seasoning works perfectly on pretty much all types of white fish. Make it ahead of time in a triple batch and store it in your cupboard, so it’s ready when you need it!

Why not use this Fish Seasoning to make some Grilled Mahi Mahi? Or instead, make some Chicken Seasoning instead?

fish seasoning in a jar with a wooden spoon beside

Fish Seasoning

Fish can be one of the trickiest things to try and cook perfectly for most home cooks.

Alongside the relative difficulty in actually preparing it and making sure that it is tender, trying to figure out how to flavor it can be a whole different kind of difficulty.

The problem is that there are a lot of different types of fish, all of which seem to require their own different flavorings and specialty spices.

However, sometimes having a simple, all-purpose seasoning can make things a lot easier, and that’s exactly what this recipe is.

A simple yet intensely flavored spice blend that is perfect when used with pretty much any fish recipe!               

fish seasoning ingredients in clear bowls

Fish Seasoning Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Flaked sea salt

• Dried oregano

• Smoked paprika

• Dried lemon zest

• Garlic powder

• Onion powder

• Ground cumin

• Black pepper

• Cayenne pepper

fish seasoning in a mixing bowl

How To Make Fish Seasoning

• Combine all ingredients together, whisking to mix

• Store in a lidded container in your cupboard for up to 6 months

• Use to season all kinds of white fish

fish seasoning in a spoon

How To Dry Out The Lemon Zest Easily

One particular part of this recipe that might confuse some people is the inclusion of dried lemon zest.

Most home cooks are comfortable and familiar with zesting a lemon and using it in their recipes, or at the very least buying it from a store, but not many people are comfortable making their own dried lemon zest.

However, it is actually super easy to make at home!

To start, you just need first to zest a lemon; you can use a fine grater, or a dedicated lemon zester, depending on what you prefer.

Just make sure that you avoid as much of the white pith that lives under the lemon rind as possible. The pith has a much more better flavor and might negatively affect your lemon zest if you don’t avoid it.

After that, you just need to dry it!

The easiest method is likely a dehydrator – an incredibly handy kitchen tool; a dehydrator will turn your fresh lemon zest into dried lemon zest in under 24 hours!

If you don’t happen to have an expensive dehydrator, however, you can also just use your oven.

Simply set your oven to the lowest temperature that it can reach and still be active on.

Pour all of your lemon zest onto a sheet of parchment paper on a sheet pan, and put that in your warm, but not hot, oven, and keep the door ajar.

As long as your oven doesn’t experience spikes of heat on the lowest setting, your lemon zest should be perfectly dried in just a couple of hours.

To check for doneness, simply take the tray out of the oven and shuffle the pieces around – if they are totally dried, they should crackle against one another on the pan, and they should also smell rich and lemony as well!

closeup on fish seasoning on a wooden spoon

How To Play Around With The Flavors Of This Seasoning Blend To Suit Your Tastes

Seasoning blends are some of the best ways to add intense flavors and interesting aromas to your dish, and a big part of what makes them work so well is the variety of flavorings and spices inside them.

This fish seasoning blend has all kinds of different complementary flavors, all designed to help balance and contribute something interesting to your fish.

However, the ingredients listed here don’t have to be completely prescriptive – you are totally free to play around with the exact spices as you see fit.

If you don’t like spiciness, you can dial back the cayenne and paprika or even double them for a more chili-forward fish dish.

Like a lot of garlic? Double, triple, or even quadruple the garlic powder here!

Do whatever you want to help make this fish seasoning blend suit your specific tastes.

If you play around with your spices, adjust, change, and replace individual ingredients as you see fit, you will wind up with a way better spice blend than you could possibly buy from a store.

Looking for more delicious Seasoning recipes? Try these out:

Homemade Poultry Seasoning Recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Homemade Seasoned Salt

Happy Cooking



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Fish Seasoning

This homemade fish seasoning works perfectly on pretty much all types of white fish. Make it ahead of time in a triple batch and store in your cupboard so it's ready when you need it!
5 from 2 votes
fish seasoning in a jar with a wooden spoon beside
Prep Time
5 minutes
Sauces, seasoning
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 tablespoon flaked sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried lemon zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Combine all ingredients together, whisking to mix.
  • Store in a lidded container in your cupboard for up to 6 months.
  • Use to season all types of white fish.

Recipe Notes

  • Play around with the amounts of spices to make your perfect blend! I, of course, prefer more garlic in mine!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 73kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6991mg, Potassium: 378mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 3673IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 149mg, Iron: 5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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