Potlatch Seasoning is a great all-purpose spicy rub mix for fish but especially salmon
It’s the best fish rub recipe but works equally well with chicken, vegetables, ribs or pork
For years I bought commercially mixed potlatch seasoning for my cedar plank salmon. When I researched what ingredients went into the mixture I decided to recreate my own because the ingredients were so basic.
After many tries I decided this was the ideal combinations of flavors. You can add more or less of anything to customize your blend. This formula is lightly spicy so feel free to add more chili powder or crushed red pepper if you want more heat. We like ours a bit spicy so experiment with the flavors. If you are salt sensitive be sure to make the blend, taste, and then add as much salt as desired.
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Best ways to use dry rub seafood seasoning
Be sure to massage the mix into your meat or fish and then let it sit for a few minutes to get the full flavor.
We generally use about 1 teaspoon of the seasoning for 1 1/2 – 2 pounds of fish. The goal is to season but not overwhelm the fresh fish flavor.
For meat or pork you will want to use closer to 1 Tablespoon of seasoning.
To use on vegetables just shake the seasoning on and mix to cover all of the veggies. It can help if you drizzle your food with a little olive oil first to ensure the seasonings stick to the food.
What ingredients are in Potlatch Seasoning?
Here are the key ingredients you will need to make your mix:
- Kosher Salt – or any other coarse grain salt
- Paprika – try mild or spicy, depending on your heat tolerance
- Chili Powder – great for deep flavor and color
- Dried Oregano – gives the rub an herbal flavor
- Black Pepper – freshly ground
- Crushed Red Pepper – more spice!
- Garlic Powder – you could sub in garlic salt and cut back on the kosher salt
- Celery Salt – adds to the herbal flavor
- Cumin – a must for potlatch because it gives the rub a rich, hearty, earthy flavor
How to make Potlatch Seasoning Rub:
- Lightly crush all the ingredients in a mortar and pestle
- Or put in an airtight jar and shake to blend
How to store fish seasoning rub:
The seasoning will keep for about 3 months stored, sealed, and kept in a cool, dry place. Be sure the herbs and spices you use are fresh to ensure the very best flavor. Give the jar a shake before using to make sure it’s well blended.
What is the Potlatch definition?
The term “Potlatch” is a Northwest Native American word, and roughly translated means ‘abundant feast’ and ‘giving’. A potlatch was also a ceremony that included gifting.
Potlatch Seasoning was originally used in the Pacific Northwest on freshly caught fish. You can buy it commercially but it is so easy to make with ingredients that you most likely have in your pantry.
Looking for other great fish recipes to try?
- Perfect Pan Seared Scallops
- Oven Baked Salmon with Mustard Dill Sauce
- Seared Halibut with Lemon Caper Sauce
- Crab Cakes with Cocktail Sauce
- Miso Glazed Sea Bass
Potlatch Seasoning Recipe
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp celery salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- Combine all ingredients in a resealable jar, shake well to combine. Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 months.
- If you are salt sensitive then add everything together and add as much salt as desired