Seafood Seasoning Recipe (2024)

Last Updated . Published By Charla 14 Comments

Jump to Recipe Print Recipe

Learn how to make the best homemade seafood seasoning blend using common pantry staple ingredients for all your fish, shrimp and other recipes in under 10 minutes.

Seafood Seasoning Recipe (1)

Having grown up in a Caribbean household where cooking played a vital role in my life. When it came to seasoning my mother and grandmother would often purchase whatever seasoning that was required for every recipe.

Now that I'm a passionate food blogger, I enjoy making my very own seafood seasoning recipe from scratch and you can too.

This tutorial was actually inspired by my Jamaican Steamed Fish recipe. Where I included the same fish seasoning mix that I've made here.

As a matter of fact I do enjoy making my own seasoning blends all the time from scratch.

Do Check out my Beef Seasoning along with my All Purpose Seasoning. My latest one is this Homemade Fish Masala Powder

What is seafood seasoning?

This is a seasoning that is used for all things that are related to anything that is seafood. It can be crab, lobster, shrimp, fish fillets.

It is usually a dry rub that can be applied either directly to the fish i.e Jamaican Crispy Oven Baked Sprats or used as part of a marinade.

There is no right or wrong way of making this spice blend, it is more to do with a matter of individual taste.

This blend is very mild and has no heat to it as I like to add extra ingredients like fresh chilli's or scotch bonnet separately, depending on what I am making.

Seafood Seasoning Recipe (2)

Reasons to make your own spice blend

There are so many reasons why you should make your own spice blends from scratch.

  • It's more cost effective in the long run to make your own spice blends.
  • It's fun - you can be as creative as you want with them.
  • You can tailor each spice blend, depending on the recipe to hand.
  • Homemade fish seasoning is WAY better then store brought
  • There's an element of control over what herbs/spices go into each blend
  • Homemade spice blends make the perfect gift!
  • They are a lot healthier with no E numbers or additives and/or preservatives.

Having had this discussion with several random people. I have come to the conclusion that many people are intimated by making their own spice blend from scratch which is totally understandable.

Trust me, I have done my fair share of boo boos and really hit rock bottom with some of my ''epic'' spice blends.

The good news is I'm here to help, this spice blend has been tested over and over again prior to blog submission.

All you need to do is follow these simple steps and enjoy the benefits.

Ingredients you will need

Seafood Seasoning Recipe (3)

I do recommend using a coffee grinder to pulverize each herb/spice that is listed.

This isn't absolutely crucial but you will notice a huge difference in terms of taste when the spice blend is milled in a grinder verses being simply mixed together.

Alternatively, you can use a dry container of a vitamix or pestle and mortar to achieve the same results.

The steps

Seafood Seasoning Recipe (4)

  • Add all of the ingredients to a coffee grinder and mill into a fine consistency.
  • Store the spice blend in a clear glass jar in a cool place for several months and use accordingly.
Notes and tips
  • Double or triple the ingredients listed to make a big batch
  • Store the spice blend in a glass jar, preferably a spice jar that is labelled and in cool, dry place i.e pantry so it doesn't clump together, away from sunlight.
  • Homemade spice blends have a long shelf life so can be stored for at least several months.
  • If adding salt be mindful of this when using the seasoning in recipes, adding salt is optional and a personal decision.

Seafood Seasoning Recipe (5)

Some recipes to use this seasoning with

  • Caribbean Stewed Fish
  • Caribbean Baked Fish
  • Air Fryer Whole Fish
  • Jamaican Curry Shrimp
  • Brown Stewed Fish
  • Jamaican Hot Pepper Shrimp
  • Blackened Cajun Air Fried Salmon
  • Jamaican Shrimp and Cabbage

**Don't forget to comment below and star rate if you have tried my recipes. Let's be friendsand engage on Facebook and InstagramI also like to pin on Pinterest, where you can find more amazing recipes.**

Seafood Seasoning Recipe (6)

Seafood Seasoning Recipe

Learn how to make your very own fish seasoning from scratch

4.73 from 11 votes

Print Pin Rate

Course: condiment, Extra

Cuisine: American, Caribbean

Prep Time: 3 minutes minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 jar

Calories: 29kcal

Author: Charla


  • 1 teaspoon of celery seed I now use this instead of celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of coriander
  • ½ teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of himalayan pink salt


  • Add all of the ingredients to a coffee grinder and mill into a fine consistency.

  • Store the spice blend in a clear glass jar in a cool place for several months and use accordingly.


  • Double or triple the ingredients listed to make a big batch
  • Store the spice blend in a glass jar, preferably a spice jar that is labelled and in cool, dry place i.e pantry so it doesn't clump together, away from sunlight.
  • Homemade spice blends have a long shelf life so can be stored for at least several months.
  • If adding salt be mindful of this when using the seasoning in recipes, adding salt is optional and a personal decision.


Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4656mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 985IU | Iron: 1mg

Tried this Recipe? Tag me Today!Mention @ThatGirlCooksHealthy or tag #ThatGirlCooksHealthy!

« Jamaican beef stew recipe (Stew Beef)

Sea Moss Drink (Irish Moss Drink) »

Seafood Seasoning Recipe (7)

About Charla

I'm Charla. Caribbean foodie & Certified Health Coach. Welcome to the heaven of gluten and dairy free recipes as well as modernised healthier alternatives to some of your favourite Caribbean recipes.

Reader Interactions


    • Charla

      Hi Diane, it is recommended because all of the spices will complement each other a lot better in their ground form. However, it's not crucial so you can easily mix the herbs and spices together without the use of a spice/coffee grinder without any issues. I hope that helps!


  1. Sarah Bromley

    Seafood Seasoning Recipe (8)
    This is my go to spice blend for EVERY fish/seafood recipe. I love it so much that I would buy it, if you sold it on your site. Thanks for your great recipes Charla.


    • Charla

      I am humbled, thanks Sarah.


  2. Deirdre Spinks

    Seafood Seasoning Recipe (9)
    This was the right mix of spices. Great on shrimp. I only used 1/2 teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Salt and that was perfect for my taste.


    • Charla

      Thanks Deirdre, I'm glad you liked the spice blend and tweaked the amount of pink salt to suit.


  3. Sam

    Thank you Charla! ❤️ I live in NZ and have a friend from Trini. Perhaps I will be able to make her some things that taste like home 😃


    • Charla

      Hi Sam, you are very welcome! I have a few recipes from Trinidad and Tobago that I'm sure you could make that she will be reminded of home for sure. Feel free to reach out if you need any assistance.


  4. Eileen

    Seafood Seasoning Recipe (10)
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Wonderful unfussy recipe that tastes just great. I will be back for more.


    • Charla

      You are welcome Eileen


  5. LaVerne

    Seafood Seasoning Recipe (11)
    I love ❤️ the seasoning. It was appropriate for my fish and shrimp ?. Thank You ?


    • Charla

      Yay. I'm so happy to hear this LaVerne.


  6. Diego Lopes

    Seafood Seasoning Recipe (12)
    This seasoning seems quite interesting, I love how you wrote about the benefits of it as well. Great post!


    • Charla

      Thanks I hope you try the seasoning too


Leave a Reply

Seafood Seasoning Recipe (2024)


What is seafood seasoning made of? ›

Directions. Mix salt, celery seed, mustard powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, bay leaves, paprika, cloves, allspice, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight container.

What are the ingredients in magic seasoning? ›

Magic Seasoning Blends, LLC. 720 Distributors Row Onion, chilis, bell peppers, brown sugar, garlic, paprika, spices, natural flavor, vinegar powder. Cooking Instructions: Use in place of salt & pepper.

What can I use instead of seafood seasoning? ›

Paprika & Celery Salt

Paprika and celery salt is a great substitute for Old Bay seasoning. To make your own Old Bay seasoning, mix together paprika and celery salt. You can use this blend to season seafood, meats, vegetables, soups, and stews. Dial it to taste.

What is fish seasoning made of? ›

Combine basil, rosemary, parsley, sea salt, black pepper, sage, thyme, marjoram, oregano, celery salt, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl until evenly blended.

What is in Mccormick seafood seasoning? ›

Salt, Spices (Including Chile Pepper and Red Pepper), Sugar, Onion, Garlic, Citric Acid, Red Bell Pepper, Tomato Powder, Sunflower Oil, Corn Maltodextrin, Disodium Inosinate and Guanylate (Flavor Enhancers), Lemon Peel, Natural Cedar Smoke Flavor, Celery, Turmeric, Ascorbic Acid & Natural Flavors.

What is the main ingredient in seafood? ›

Seafood dishes or fish dishes are distinct food dishes which use seafood (fish, shellfish or seaweed) as primary ingredients, and are ready to be served or eaten with any needed preparation or cooking completed.

What are the four basic types of seasoning ingredients? ›

There are four basic types of seasoning ingredients: • Salt • Pepper ⚫ Sugar and light-flavored sweeteners • Acids When you season a food, you add just enough of one or more of these ingredients to change the food's basic taste, but not enough to add a whole new taste.

What is fairy dust seasoning? ›

1 teaspoon chili powder. 12 teaspoon paprika. 12 teaspoon cayenne pepper. 1 teaspoon dried oregano. 1 teaspoon dried basil.

Is seafood seasoning the same as Old Bay? ›

If you look at the Old Bay ingredient label, you'll notice that it's very different from most other seafood seasoning recipes. It does include many of the spices that are in the recipe shown below, but there are some unique ingredients too.

What is better than Old Bay? ›

Some popular substitutions for Old Bay include crab boil, cajun seasoning, and celery salt mixed with paprika. When using a substitute, make sure to start with a small amount to begin with and taste as you go.

Should you season seafood? ›

Don't Season The Marinade

During cooking, your fish will absorb the meat but leave the crystals behind, which will add a lot more surprising crunches than you want. To avoid this problem, add your seasonings to the fish directly. The flavors will absorb much easier and won't leave much to the imagination.

What is the best fish spice? ›

The Best Herbs & Spices For Seasoning Fish
  • Basil. Lemon and basil are a match made in heaven! ...
  • Parsley. Parsley is a perfect addition to pan-fried fish, with a slightly bitter aroma that can balance savoury dishes. ...
  • Dill. ...
  • Lemongrass. ...
  • Rosemary. ...
  • Thyme. ...
  • Sage. ...
  • Smoked Paprika.
Nov 13, 2021

What spices does Old Bay have? ›

According to the product label, some of the ingredients in Old Bay seasoning are celery salt, spices (including red pepper and black pepper) and paprika. Other potential spices may include bay leaf, cinnamon, mustard powder, nutmeg, clove and cardamom.

What seasoning goes well with crab? ›

Don't be shy about adding salt, pepper, lemon juice and lemon rinds, or the classic Old Bay seasoning to your pot before boiling or steaming your crab legs. In fact, if you plan to boil, we'd recommend the proportion of 4 quarts of water to 6 ounces of seasoning.

Is Cajun seasoning the same as seafood seasoning? ›

In terms of regionally-affiliated flavors, Old Bay and Cajun seasoning are two of the most prominent in the U.S.; while Cajun seasoning is rooted in Louisiana, seafood favorite Old Bay comes from Maryland (via Mashed). Old Bay and Cajun seasoning do have differences, but in many cases they can be used interchangeably.

What gives seafood flavor? ›

Pleasant planty, green, and melony aromas and flavors of freshly- harvested fish and seafoods are provided by a number of 6-, 8-, and 9-carbon aldehydes, ketones, and alcohols (Table 1) which are derived from long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids via specific oxygenase activity (17).

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Corie Satterfield

Last Updated:

Views: 6355

Rating: 4.1 / 5 (42 voted)

Reviews: 81% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Corie Satterfield

Birthday: 1992-08-19

Address: 850 Benjamin Bridge, Dickinsonchester, CO 68572-0542

Phone: +26813599986666

Job: Sales Manager

Hobby: Table tennis, Soapmaking, Flower arranging, amateur radio, Rock climbing, scrapbook, Horseback riding

Introduction: My name is Corie Satterfield, I am a fancy, perfect, spotless, quaint, fantastic, funny, lucky person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.