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Making your own shrimp seasoning blend is easy and lets you control exactly what's inside. Use it in place of packaged seasoning blends to bring zesty flavor to shrimp as well as chicken, beef and more.

EatingWell.com, February 2020; updated October 2022



What Spices Go Well with Shrimp?

There are countless ways to season shrimp. For this recipe, we use a mixture of chipotle chile powder, paprika, cumin and garlic powder. It's slightly spicy, smoky and savory. Feel free to experiment with other spices, such as ancho chile powder and smoked paprika.

Benefits of Making Your Own Shrimp Seasoning

Many packaged seasonings are high in sodium and may contain preservatives and anti-caking agents. Making your own shrimp seasoning at home gives you control over the ingredients to make them healthier. You also get to control the flavor profile and spice level.

How to Use Shrimp Seasoning

Try it on Grilled Blackened Shrimp Tacos, Grilled Shrimp Tostadas or BBQ Shrimp with Shrimp Calas Griddlecakes. You can also use this seasoning on chicken, fish, beef and vegetables. Make Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Salsa or sprinkle it on Blistered Broccoli with Garlic and Chiles.

How to Store Shrimp Seasoning

Store shrimp seasoning in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 months.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Stir chile powder, paprika, cumin and garlic powder together in a small bowl.


Nutrition Facts

1 Tbsp
19 calories; protein 0.9g; carbohydrates 3.5g; dietary fiber 1.2g; sugars 0.6g; fat 0.6g; saturated fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 1219.3IU; vitamin c 0.4mg; folate 2.4mcg; calcium 18.3mg; iron 1.4mg; magnesium 10.3mg; potassium 104.9mg; sodium 5.3mg.