My homemade salmon seasoning is legendary. It is a delicious blend of sweet and savory with a smoky kick to perfectly complement salmon’s light flavor and texture.
Best Seasoning for Salmon
I’ve tried several variations of salmon seasonings, rubs, and marinades. We have enjoyed them all, but the one recipe we come back to over and over again is this sweet and smoky salmon seasoning. There truly is a magical balance of flavors (some of them unexpected) that seems like it was made for salmon!
This particular recipe was made on a whim from random pantry ingredients that we had on hand one Sunday afternoon when people were hungry and the grill was already preheated. Luckily, our guests didn’t question me throwing brown sugar, dried basil, and lime zest together because while the combination may not sound like a great match, the finished result was absolutely stunning!
Grilled Salmon Seasoning
Most every time we are preparing salmon, we are cooking it outside on our grill. This recipe is perfect for salmon that you would grill over indirect heat (meaning no flame or coals directly under the salmon) because of the sugar content in the seasoning. You don’t want that brown sugar to burn before the salmon finishes cooking.
I prefer cooking mine on my Camp Chef pellet grill because I get a little extra kiss of smoky flavor that complements the rub perfectly. If you’re cooking on gas or charcoal, simply set up your coals on one half of the grill or only turn on half of your burners. This seasoning also works great for baking your salmon in the oven, I just make sure to line my baking sheet with some parchment paper for easy clean up. I always cook at around 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 145 degrees F and the fish just starts to flake apart with a fork.
Salmon Seasoning Recipe
Sweet and Smoky Salmon Seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon coarse ground sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 lime, zested
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, using a fork or whisk to break up any clumps from the brown sugar. Sprinkle liberally on salmon. One batch will season an entire 2 pound salmon filet. Use immediately.
- Bonus advice, reserve the lime you zested for the seasoning and squeeze the juice over the seasoned salmon while you are grilling or roasting it.