THE TOP SPICES TO USE FOR SEAFOOD in 2020
It is often said that cooking is an art, where baking is a science. Where you might want to measure out baking spices for a new cake recipe, that isn’t the case with seafood. When it comes to the best fish seasoning spices, the world truly is your oyster.
However, you don’t want to use just any cooking spices, as the spices for fish fillets you have at home can vary depending upon what type of fish you are going to be preparing. Seafood spices and herbs don’t have to be expensive spices, but you will want to ensure that you are using spices that aren’t past their expiration date.
When shopping for herbs and spices for fish, you will find that there are plenty of options from all over the world. There are even many gluten-free spices. While this isn’t a list of the top 50 spices, you will find good spices for fish of every kind on this list.
Are you ready to learn about the best spices for fish so that you can easily craft an incredible and healthy meal? Keep on reading and you will soon become a master of seafood spices.
- THE BEST SPICES FOR SALMON
Salmon traditionally goes well with savory flavors that come from herbs and spices such as garlic, rosemary, thyme, and oregano. However, there are plenty of different flavor combinations that salmon benefits from. While salmon does have a distinct flavor, you should not be afraid to try a few different culinary approaches to this healthy fish.
Here are a few of our favorite blends, rubs, and spices for Salmon:
Potlatch seasoning is a classic standby for cedar-planked salmon. However, you can also bake your salmon when using this delicious blend. While you can buy a fancy premade potlatch seasoning, you are likely to be able to find the following spices in your pantry to make your own affordably and easily.
To make a potlatch seasoning, you will need:
4 parts kosher salt
3 parts chili powder
3 parts black pepper
1 part ground cumin
1 part crushed red pepper flakes
1 part celery salt
1 part garlic powder
1 part onion powder
1 part dried oregano
Once you have completed your seasoning, rub it on the meat of the salmon with the skin on, and cook to your preference! Easy, and delicious.
Sugar-based seasoning blends also go excellently on salmon. For these recipes, you can use a base made of maple syrup, honey, fruit juice, or brown sugar. These sweet flavors are used often in Asian salmon dishes, so Asian spices can be used with these sweet concoctions as well. For these marinades, it is important to have a balance of salt, fat, and acid in addition to the sweetness.
Our favorite maple-glazed salmon recipe covers all the bases by utilizing maple syrup in addition to orange juice, along with a bit of Asian flare. To make this glaze, you need the following:
1 part canola oil
4 parts maple syrup
2 parts orange juice (preferably fresh-squeezed)
2 parts soy sauce
Ground ginger to taste
Minced garlic clove to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
Once you have made your glaze, marinate the salmon (skin-removed) on both sides before cooking in a pan. Reserve some of your glaze to add on top of the salmon later.
Spice blends and recipes inspired by the Greek isles and other parts of the Mediterranean pair perfectly with salmon. These blends have the added benefit of being supremely healthy. Seafood is a staple of the Mediterranean diet, and Salmon is a perfect match for their style of cooking.
To make the perfect salmon using Mediterranean spices and ingredients, use the following recipe:
Freshly ground pink Himalayan salt and black pepper
Thinly sliced lemon
Thinly sliced red onion
1 part extra virgin olive oil
1 part lemon juice
Minced garlic to taste
Dried oregano to taste
Red pepper flakes to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
4 parts cubed feta
4 parts halved cherry tomatoes
1 part sliced kalamata olives
1 part chopped Persian cucumbers
1 part chopped red onions
Freshly chopped dill to taste
Roast seasoned salmon with lemons and onions, skin side down, in a baking dish until opaque and flaky. While the fish is roasting, gently mix together ingredients for topping in a large bowl. Serve plated salmon topped with feta mixture.
- THE BEST FISH SPICES FOR WHITEFISH
There are many different options when shopping for white fish. When shopping for spices for fish, you can often shop based on the category of fish rather than for a specific type of fish. When you do this, you should look for fish that is the freshest and in-season. You can also shop based on price.
Any kind of white fish will give you a nice, flakey result. It can be easily roasted, fried, baked, or sauteed. You can use cod, flounder, halibut, sablefish, or rockfish. While you may often associate these types of fish with battered dishes such as fish and chips, they go excellently with many different spice blends, as well.