Herbs and Spices That Are Good for Seasoning Salmon
With its robust flavor and rich, buttery, yet firm texture, salmon can be cooked in almost any way you want. In fact, when it comes to cooking, salmon is no different from any other large finfish. It’s the herbs and spices you add to season it that make all the difference. And the spices that go best with salmon are probably already in your pantry.
Best Herbs and Spices to Put on Salmon to Season it
If you are looking for something other than the old salt-and-pepper combination, try blending different spices together according to your taste and adding the mix to your salmon. Whatever spices you choose to mix, make sure you have at least one tablespoon of spice blend per half pound of salmon so the fillet is nicely coated on both sides.
|Earthy, Smoky, Mildly Sweet
|Earthy, Lemony, Minty
|Baking, Roasting, Grilling
|Warm, Sweet, Spicy
|Grilling, Roasting, Baking, Pan-frying
|Sweet, Mild Onion
|Roasting, Baking, Pan-frying
|Fresh, Anise, Citrusy
|Sharp, Tangy, Pungent
|Grilling, Baking, Pan-frying
|Warm, Spicy, Citrusy
|Spicy, Smoky, Earthy
|Grilling, Roasting, Baking
|Piney, Minty, Woody
|Sweet, Peppery, Anise-like
Note: While the term 'seasoning' might bring to mind only table spices, in today's culinary world, it encompasses all the spices and condiments that enhance your food — whether added before, during, or after cooking.
Regardless of the spices you are using, squeezing some fresh lemon juice on the fillet right before cooking or before serving helps bring out the flavors even more.
Using Ready-made Seasonings
If you don’t want to go into the trouble of looking up individual herbs and spices to mix them yourself, here are some pre-made salmon seasonings available at the market:
|Magic Salmon Seasoning
|Sugar, salt, onion, garlic, mustard, and paprika
|Robust and savory with a hint of herbs
|Oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, and marjoram
|Mediterranean blend, aromatic and herby
|Various chili and pepper powders, herbs, spices with onion, garlic, and salt
|Bold and smoky with a touch of heat
|Various peppers, with cloves and a combination of herbs, onion, and garlic
|Spicy, flavorful, and slightly earthy
Since many store-bought seasonings already contain salt, be mindful when adding any extra.
Seasoning and Getting the Salmon Ready to Cook
Pat dry the fillet with a paper towel, brush it with a little oil, and sprinkle the spice mix to coat it on both sides. Like in any other fish or meat, the oil brush helps the spices stick to the salmon during cooking. Sprinkle the salt separately rather than adding it to the seasoning blend. This allows you the freedom to adjust the quantities of both salt and seasoning as per your taste.
Be sure to cook the salmon within 30 minutes of seasoning it, especially if your seasoning blend contains salt (as with ready-made blends). Otherwise, it will start to break down the meat and draw out moisture. To prevent this, some chefs recommend adding the salt right before cooking.
Though not the same as seasoning, marinating can be another way to add herbs and spice to salmon. You can use the same spices, add them to wet ingredients like olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, and honey, and marinate for 30 minutes to 6 hours before cooking.