Salmon Seasoning Recipe – Fit Foodie Finds

Our homemade salmon seasoning is the perfect blend of smokey and sweet. It uses 7 basic spices and no weird fillers or additives.

Keep a batch of this homemade salmon rub on hand for making air fryer salmon, pan fried salmon or fiesta salmon rice bowls.

salmon seasoning on a plate

This is seriously the best salmon seasoning and our go-to in the Fit Foodie kitchen! It uses a short list of very simple spices that pack big flavor, but doesn’t overpower the amazing taste of salmon itself.

We love using this seasoning for salmon for any cook-method, but especially when grilling salmon smoking salmon, or air frying it because it helps create almost like a crust-like outside.

What is in this salmon seasoning?

While salmon is such a versatile seafood option, we love to have our classic salmon seasoning on hand to quickly and easily season any salmon filet at a moment’s notice. You’ll need:

  • Paprika 
  • Garlic powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Kosher salt 
  • Dried thyme 
  • Mustard powder 
  • Black pepper

Try Surrender Salmon!

Our all-time favorite salmon is Surrender Salmon. They catch wild-Alaskan salmon off of Bristol Bay in Alaska. The salmon is bright orange, so flakey and delicious, and truly the best.

Surrender Salmon is a family-run company based here in Minneapolis and they are good friends of ours! Support a local business if you can.

homemade salmon seasoning on a plate with a spoon

How to Season Salmon

  1. Pat your salmon dry with a paper towel.
  2. Place your salmon on a plate skin-side down. Then, sprinkle the seasoning on top of the salmon.
  3. Lightly rub the seasonings into the salmon, and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before cooking.

How Much Salmon Seasoning per 1 lb. Salmon?

Use around 1 tablespoon of seasoning per 1 lb. of salmon.

More Homemade Seasoning Recipes

Save money and limit sodium by making your own seasonings at home! We keep our pantry stocked with our homemade spice blends.

salmon filets with salmon seasoning on a plate

How to Store Homemade Salmon Seasoning

Store homemade salmon seasoning in a sealed jar in a cool, dark place. Will last up to 6 months.

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  • Place all ingredients for the salmon seasoning into a large glass container or mason jar.

  • Then, stir the spices together to create your rub.

  • Seal jar and store in a dry, cool place.

  • How to season salmon: use around 1 tablespoon of seasoning per 1 lb. of salmon. Pat your salmon dry and then sprinkle the seasoning on top of the salmon. Lightly rub the seasonings into the salmon. Let sit for 15 minutes and then cook using your favorite method.

Tips & Notes

  • This recipe yields about 1/2 cup.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 17kcal Carbohydrates: 4g Protein: 1g Fat: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g

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