There are plenty of fish in the sea. Luckily for you, there are also plenty of different ways you can flavor them! No matter what type of fish you’re cooking for your next family meal, we’ve compiled a list of 10 must-try seasonings using simple, easy-to-find ingredients.
Who says delicious has to be complicated? Try these fresh herbs and spices the next time you decide how to flavor your fish.
Lemongrass provides a citrus flavor to your seafood dish. It is the perfect herb to add whenever a recipe calls for lemon zest or flavoring. In order to release its essential oils, bruise its stalk and sauté it, then remove it from your dish. Lemongrass is perfect for white fish like hake, cod or walleye.
In addition to increasing the flavor profile of your seafood, lemongrass can also help relieve anxiety, lower cholesterol as well as relieve bloating. One of the simplest ways to enjoy these health benefits is to add lemongrass tea to your day!
A member of the parsley family, dill weed has a subtle, sweet flavor that can be used alone or in combination with other spices for your next hit-dish. It is a perfect pair with salmon as it can be kneading, chopped or cured to give you a different experience every time you use it!
Whenever possible, opt for fresh dillweed over the dried form of the herb since the flavor of the herb is somewhat mild. When adding fresh dill to your dishes, you can also reap one of the benefits of this particular herb, which is the reduction of bacterial overgrowth!
Not only does ginger root provide your seafood dish with a dash of zest, it has a number of health benefits. Alleviating symptoms like nausea, motion sickness and pain, there is certainly more than one reason to try ginger the next time you cook snapper or mahi-mahi.
An aroma similar to oregano and thyme, bay leaves have a notable flavor that works well to offset the flavor of your lobster. Despite its slightly bitter taste, bay leaves give your dish a fresh flavor that will leave everyone looking for more.
You can learn more about what herbs go well with lobster with our tips on lobster spices.
Basil is perfect for any type of fish. There are several different types such as sweet basil, Genovese basil and Thai basil, to name a few. Although there are many variations, all have a sweet and savory flavor to compliment the cooking style you chose for your next your next crab dish.
Looking to add some spice to your dish? Look no further than smoked paprika. Its peppery taste and earthy aroma will give your bland fish the excitement you’re looking for. This spice is the perfect companion for grilled tilapia to bring out the smokey flavor everyone will love.
In addition to the increased level of spice that smoked paprika brings to a dish, there are also a variety of health benefits it portrays, such as treating skin problems and preventing hair loss.
Chives are a versatile ingredient that can enhance the flavor of any fish that you cook. This onion-y flavor mixes well in sauces, especially those comprised of garlic and butter. Since chives are easy to mix, simply pour your sauce on top of your fish while cooking to sharpen the flavor of your dish.
Parsley is a delicate herb that can balance the savory flavor of your fish. Its subtle bitterness lightens up your meals and can be used as both a seasoning and a garnish to add the perfect finishing touch to your next family meal. And the best part? You can grow parsley inside your home! Giving your fish flavor all winter long. In addition to the savory flavor profile of this herb, parsley is known to be a nutritional powerhouse, supplying our bodies with vitamins A, B, C and K as well as iron and potassium.
Mint should be used very delicately, as too much can overpower the flavor of your dish. Its sharp and sweet flavor provides a fresh and light addition to your lemon-basil sauce. This ingredient is perfect for strong-tasting fish such as snapper, sea bass and swordfish.
Thyme, like mint, should be used with close attention to detail as its flavor intensifies the longer it’s cooked. Its subtle, dry flavor brings a fresh and classic taste to your dish. When used appropriately, it will bring out the natural flavors and provide a delicate, earthy aroma.
Choosing how to season your next fish dish doesn’t have to be taxing! Simple green or savory herbs and spices go a long way to provide a memorable flavor that everyone will love. From bold and spicy to sweet and savory, these quick ingredients can transform your dish from bland to grand.