Beginner Recipe: Fish
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Mays' go-to fish rub works well with salmon and most other fish, and establishes a solid base from which to experiment. Remember that oil application is even more important on fish, which don't taste particularly excellent when it's dried up. 

Angler's Catch Rub


  • 15 lemons (zested), washed in hot water
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup dried thyme leaves
  • 1/3 cup granulated onion
  • 1/8 cup granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup toasted fresh ground black pepper

Toast the black pepper on a skillet while zesting the lemons over the salt to capture the residual oils, then mix all ingredients in a bowl. Place on a sheet tray and allow to slowly dry uncovered for at least eight hours before applying to the fish or storing in an air tight container.