Back pocket recipe time! This all-purpose, easy Salmon Seasoning combines a handful of pantry spices to create a sweet, smoky, subtle blend that will help you cook seriously delicious salmon any night of the week. Call it kitchen magic!

Easy salmon seasoning in a small bowl

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Salmon—a nutrient-dense source of protein—goes well with many spices and herbs: parsley, dill, basil, tarragon, thyme, oregano, chili powder, cumin, citrus…it’s hard to choose.

You can make it spicy (like Spicy Baked Salmon), give it an Asian twist (Teriyaki Salmon and Soy Ginger Salmon), or do a combo of sweet and zippy like the 5-Ingredient Maple Dijon Salmon in The Well Plated Cookbook.

Salmon seasoning in a bowl

How to Make Salmon Seasoning

A blend of salt, spices, and a touch of brown sugar is an easy, effective way to add flavor to salmon.

This salmon seasoning uses salty, sweet, and smoky elements to make the salmon taste complex.

How Much Seasoning to Use

This recipe yields 3 generous tablespoons of seasoning, enough to season 1 ½ pounds of salmon, whether you cook a single large piece of salmon or individual fillets.

  • For every 8 ounces of salmon, you’ll need roughly 1 tablespoon seasoning.
  • For a 6-ounce fillet (the typical serving size), use 3/4 tablespoon.
  • Don’t stress over the measurement being perfect. Give the salmon a nice coating and your results will be delish.

The Ingredients

  • Brown Sugar. Adds sweetness and creates scrumptious caramelization on the salmon.
  • Dry Mustard Powder. Pairs wonderfully with salmon and gives the seasoning a hint of tang.
  • Smoked Paprika. For a touch of smokiness.
  • Salt. A must-have in any delicious seasoning.
  • Cumin. Adds earthiness to the mixture.
  • Ginger. A warm, earthy spice with a bit of zip.
  • Garlic Powder. For a touch of garlicky flavor without the hassle of mincing garlic.
  • Allspice. Warm, subtly complex and a wonderful sprinkle to a seasoning mixture.

Substitution Tip

You can also use cardamom or cloves in place of the allspice.

Other Preparations

If you prefer salmon with a sauce or glaze, try my Honey Glazed Salmon or Balsamic Glazed Salmon.

The Directions

A mixture of spices in a bowl
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together.
  2. Pat your salmon fillets dry, season them according to size, cook as desired and top with fresh herbs. ENJOY!
A bowl with simple salmon seasoning

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store salmon seasoning in an airtight storage container or glass jar for up to 6 months.

Storage Tips

Add salmon seasoning to your spice cabinet for easy, quick dinners. Multiply this recipe as desired and store the seasoning in an airtight storage container or glass jar with your other spices. Enjoy your delicious salmon seasoning surplus for up to 6 months.

A bowl full of spices with a spoon

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Whisk. Easily mixes all the spices together.
  • Glass Jars. These reusable glass spice jars are perfect for homemade seasonings.
  • Measuring Spoons. These spoons have magnets that keep them together during storage.

Glass Jar Set

These airtight glass jars are perfect for storing spice mixtures and more. They’re dishwasher-safe too!

Easy salmon seasoning in a small bowl

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Frequently Asked Questions

When Should I Season my Salmon?

The best time to season salmon is immediately before cooking. This will ensure the seasoning goes all the way through the fillet, rather than sticking only to the outside. Don’t season salmon with salt in advance, as it can draw out moisture and deter your salmon from getting a nice sear.
Further, spices react with heat. For example, the brown sugar in this recipe caramelizes as the salmon cooks and the spices bloom against the salmon’s moisture and the fats in the olive oil.

Can I Make this Seasoning Spicy?

If you’d like to add a little kick to your salmon seasoning, add 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Use a little more if you want extra heat.

Can I Use this Seasoning on Other Seafood?

Yes! Feel free to use your salmon seasoning on other seafood that you enjoy. (Shrimp lovers, don’t miss my Grilled Shrimp Seasoning too.)

Salmon Seasoning

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This magic salmon seasoning uses salty, sweet, and smoky elements for the best-tasting salmon. Use it for grilled, baked, or pan-fried salmon.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins

Servings: 3 tablespoons seasoning (enough for 1 ½ pounds of salmon, either 4, 6-ounce fillets or a single, center-cut fillet)


  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice cardamom, or cloves


  • In a small bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together: brown sugar, mustard, smoked paprika, salt, cumin, ginger, garlic, and allspice. Store in an airtight container or jar for up to 6 months.
  • USE TO SEASON SALMON: For every 8-ounces of salmon, use 1 tablespoon of the seasoning (that’s 2/3 tablespoon for a 6-ounce fillet or the full amount for a 1 1/2-pound fillet). Prepare according to your desired cooking method. For ideas: Air Fryer Salmon, Pan Seared Salmon, Broiled Salmon, or Grilled Salmon.


  • TO STORE: Store salmon seasoning in an airtight storage container or glass jar for up to 6 months.


Serving: 3tablespoonsCalories: 17kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPotassium: 41mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 334IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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