Flavorful Spice Blends to Jazz Up Fish

If you’re wondering why your white fish always turns out bland, these spice blends are for you!

White fish is a popular choice for seafood dishes because of their mild flavor. You can pair white fish with almost any seasoning to create a delish dish. If you prefer to go off-book and throw meals together without a recipe, it’s smart to keep spice blends like these five on hand. Even a light dusting of one of these spice blends over your fish will take your meal to the next level!

Seasoning Tips

Fresh Fish Market in Rhode Island, CTYou may not realize it, but spices don’t have an unlimited shelf life. While they don’t spoil like vegetables or meat, they do lose their flavor. If you’ve been wondering why the spices in your cabinet aren’t adding much flavor, they are probably too old. A good rule of thumb is to throw away any ground spices that are over three months old and whole spices that are over ten months old. Writing the purchase date on your spices will help you keep track of their age. This is another reason to use them as much as possible while they last. If you want your spice blend to have a full, rich flavor, mix it at least an hour before. Combining spices ahead of time allows the flavors to meld together. If you want to bring out the full flavor, toast the spices before blending them.

Mexican Seasoning Mix

If you love Tex-Mex and Mexican food, this seasoning mix is perfect for you. It’s the foundational seasoning mix for fish tacos. Add in a dash of cayenne pepper if you want your fish to have more heat.


1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Zippy Seasoning Mix

Lemon and dill are two of the most popular flavors to season fish. This mix combines both to create a zippy flavor that’s perfect in the summer. Pair it with a chilled pasta salad full of vegetables, potatoes, or a salad.


2 tbsp dried dill

1 tbsp paprika

2 tsp lemon pepper (lemon zest, coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper)

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Curry Seasoning Mix

Curry has a sweet and earthy flavor. You can combine this seasoning mix with coconut milk and tomato paste to make a creamy curry or use it on its own. Fish seasoned with curry pairs well with roasted potatoes and garlicky, sautéed greens.


2 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cardamom

1 tsp mustard powder

1 tsp ground turmeric

Middle-Eastern Seasoning Mix

This is a classic seasoning blend for Middle-Eastern cuisine. It gives fish an aromatic flavor that’s both tangy and nutty. Fish seasoned with this mix pairs well with couscous, chickpea salad and a leafy green salad.


2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1 tsp lemon zest

½ tsp dried thyme

½ tsp dried oregano

¼ tsp coarse sea salt

⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper

Cajun Seasoning Mix

Cajun cuisine is zesty and spicy. This seasoning blend will bring the warm flavors of Louisiana into your kitchen. Cajun seasoned fish pairs well with corn on the cob, coleslaw, and greens or cheese grits.


3 tsp smoked paprika

2 tsp fine kosher salt

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp ground white pepper

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp dried thyme

These seasoning mixes go well with any white fish fillet from cod and halibut to catfish and swordfish. You can find the best selection of fresh white fish in New England at City Fish Market! If you are new to cooking fish, browse our blog’s archive for more tips on cooking restaurant-quality seafood dishes at home!

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