Shrimp Seasoning

This easy homemade shrimp seasoning is so much better than store bought, and is easy to customize to your own liking!

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Learning how to make your very own seasoning blends is but one step on the ladder to becoming a great home chef. This recipe for some tasty shrimp seasoning will change your shrimp cooking game forever.

Looking for a way to use your seasoning? Try this Air Fryer salmon recipe, or make some Air Fryer shrimp! Also, don’t forget to make your own Italian Seasoning to use in this recipe, as Shrimp Seasoning uses similar spices!

shrimp seasoning in a small tapered clear glass jar on a cutting board

Shrimp Seasoning

Seasoning mixes are the best way to add flavor to a dish, whether it be meat, shellfish or vegetables. Sprinkling a spice mix over your shrimp before grilling can completely transform the flavor, turning what would be an okay meal into something you would eve proud to serve up at a dinner party.

Most grocery stores have a wide selection of seasoning mixes and want you to believe that they are a carefully crafted blend of ingredients that you would never be able to put together yourself at home. However, take a quick look at the ingredients, and you will most likely notice that they are all spices, herbs, and seasonings you already have in your kitchen.

So, rather than buying a small jar of blended seasonings, why not make your own shrimp seasoning at home? You will likely be able to make a larger batch at a much lower price.

shrimp seasoning in small clear glass bowls

Why Use Two Different Types Of Paprika?

When making your shrimp seasoning, you are aiming to create a mixture that has layers of flavor and depth to it. One way to achieve this is by using two different types of paprika.

Both paprika and smoked paprika are made using crushed dried chilies. The big difference is that the chilies used in smoked paprika have been dry smoked, usually using oak, before being crushed. As a result, smoked paprika has a much earthier smoked flavor to it than regular paprika.

Using both smoked and regular paprika adds a woody, earthy taste to your seasoning, but not so much that it dominates. While you could make your shrimp seasoning using just one type of paprika, it will lack some of its depth.

shrimp seasoning in a bowl unstirred

The Best Containers To Store Your Seasoning In

If you store your shrimp seasoning right, it can last for months meaning that you have a delicious homemade seasoning that you can use to add depth to almost any dish in seconds!

You are going to want to store your seasoning mix in an airtight container, much like the glass jar that store-bought seasonings come in. Also, make sure to keep your shrimp seasoning out of direct sunlight to help preserve them for as long as possible.

You could invest in some plain small jars to store your seasoning mix, especially if you like making various homemade seasoning blends. However, an even better option is to keep the jar that your store-bought seasonings come in.

Wash the jars, and use steaming hot water to peel off the labels. You now have jars that are just like new for free!

It is also worth looking around your kitchen to see if you have any other containers that are of the right size and have an airtight seal. Most of us have at least a few small plastic pots that we’ve tossed to the back of the cupboard, and these will work just as well as glass jars.

shrimp seasoning in a clear jar with lid

Creative Ways To Use Your Shrimp Seasoning

As the name suggests, this seasoning blend is designed to be used on shrimp, but that does not mean you have to limit its use to just shrimp. This blend of herbs and spices makes a great addition to almost any dish.

  • In Place Of Salt On Fries

Adding seasoning mixes to fries is a great way to take a classic side and make it that little bit more interesting. So, rather than sprinkling salt over your fries, try using your shrimp seasoning for a little extra flavor.

  • Season Green Vegetables

Green vegetables like Brussels sprouts and broccoli often get a much harder time than they deserve. Every time you’ve had a green veggie side dish you’ve disliked, it is almost certainly because it has been under-seasoned. The next time you’re cooking greens, make sure to sprinkle a generous sprinkling of your shrimp seasoning, and you won’t be disappointed.

  • Mixed With Sour Cream To Make A Dip

Salty chips paired with a dip are a must-have for any cozy movie night. Rather than buying a ready-made dip, why not use your shrimp seasoning to make your own delicious dip?

Grab a pot of sour cream and mix in a little of your seasoning mix. Once it is fully incorporated, give it a quick taste to see if the flavorings are strong enough. Keep adding shrimp seasoning until you are happy with the results.

Looking for more delicious Seasoning and Spice Mix recipes? Try these out:

Fish Seasoning

Homemade Poultry Seasoning Recipe

Cajun Seasoning Recipe

Happy Cooking




This recipe for some tasty shrimp seasoning will change your shrimp cooking game forever.

Shrimp Seasoning

This easy homemade shrimp seasoning is so much better than store bought, and is easy to customize to your own liking!
5 from 5 votes
shrimp seasoning in a small tapered clear glass jar on a cutting board
Prep Time
5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon flaked sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Whisk together all ingredients. Store in a closed container in a dark place.
  • Use to season shrimp in your favorite recipes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 110kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Sodium: 6995mg, Potassium: 550mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 4614IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 206mg, Iron: 7mg

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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