Seafood Rub

Seafood Rub - Bbq Hero - 3

Are you done eating tasteless seafood or shrimp? Do you want your seafood to taste like a restaurant-prepared recipe? No need to worry about it, this perfect seafood seasoning recipe will double up the flavor of your meal, and you will not have to eat tasteless seafood anymore.

Preparing a batch of seafood rub is super easy. By combining some common spices and ingredients, you have the best seafood rub you can ever imagine.

You can apply this seafood rub while making Grilled Salmon, Smoked Halibut, and Smoked Shrimps.

How to make Seafood Rub

Taking the spices and ingredients in exact proportions to make the perfect seafood rub can be difficult sometimes. To solve this problem, allow us to walk you through a complete recipe for making seafood rub. Believe me, if you follow this spice blend, you will be serving the best-seasoned fish, salmon, fried catfish, or any white fish.

  • Makes 1/2 cup (enough to coat 4 or 6 pounds)
  • Prep time: 5 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder/ granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt/ celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • Celery seed
  • Some ginger
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Cinnamon


  1. In a small airtight container or zip-top bag, mix all of the ingredients.
  2. Use this rub liberally on fish, seafood, or vegetables.
  3. Keep any leftover rub in an airtight container for months.

Detailed Instructions

1) Mixing all the ingredients in a zip bag

Take a simple polythene zip bag. Put all the ingredients in it and shake it well to thoroughly mix the ingredients. If you are not comfortable with a zip bag, you can also use a glass container for mixing the ingredients.

2) Using the rub on the food you are going to grill

To enjoy the best savory of the perfectly grilled seafood, vegetables, or fish, use this perfect blend of spices. Moreover, when you have cooked your food, you can also sprinkle some rubs to enhance the flavor of your meal.

3) Store the leftover dry rub

Try to make a good quantity of rub so that in the future, you can store it in an airtight container and can be used immediately when smoking or grilling seafood.

Frequently Asked Questions

What seasoning is good for seafood?

If you have limited supplies, the following spice blend can be the perfect seasoning for seafood.

  • Smoked paprika
  • Sweet paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder

What is seafood seasoning made of?

The ideal seafood seasoning that is BBQ hero seafood rub, is made up of

  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder/ granulated garlic
  • Onion powder
  • Thyme
  • Dried dill
  • Kosher salt/ celery salt
  • Cumin
  • Celery seed
  • Some ginger
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Cinnamon

Is seafood seasoning the same as Old Bay?

Yes, seafood seasoning is the same as Old Bay. Old Bay is one of the pioneers when it comes to seasoning. Old Bay is a blend of 18 spices and herbs that is famous in the Maryland region and all over the United States.

What can I use if I don’t have seafood seasoning?

If you do not have seafood seasoning, there are a number of recipes to make the seasoning. The best and the easiest seasoning can be the blend of

  1. Paprika
  2. Celery salt
  3. Celery seed
  4. Dry mustard
  5. Black pepper
  6. Nutmeg
  7. Cinnamon
  8. Cayenne