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Old Bay Salmon Marinade

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Okay… moving on….

So I made Sock-Eye Salmon the other night for dinner. I’m always looking good marinades. I don’t know where I read this… but somewhere, somebody used mayonnaise to season salmon. I told my husband I was going to spread mayonnaise on top of the salmon and he thought I was crazy.

“Why would you ruin a perfectly good piece of salmon?” he said…

I was determined to try it… but first I had to change it up a bit.


I decided to add my husband’s favorite seasoning… Old Bay…

I also added a little Big Kahuna seasoning mix… if you don’t have Big Kahuna, any old BBQ seasoning will do.



This was perfect!!!

My husband went crazy for the flavor!

The only thing I might do different next time is add some fresh lemon juice to it.


  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay rub
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite BBQ seasoning


Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. If you have some time, make this a day ahead and store in the fridge to let the flavors develop.

Using a pastry brush, brush a thin layer on top of the salmon.

Bake salmon at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until cooked through.



I used the rest of the marinade the next day in our turkey burgers. It was delicious!


Question of the Day?

Have you ever used mayonnaise as a marinade? Or in anything else out of the ordinary? I once read a cake recipe that included mayonnaise… that sounded a little strange to me….

17 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on May 12, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I have used mayo on salmon and it is really good! I have also replaced it with greek yogurt, and that was pretty good too.

  2. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on May 12, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I have a deep aversion to mayo, so nope. But I have another salmon marinade I love (that I poached from a Weight Watchers cookbook of all places). You mix 1/4 cup of brown sugar with some dill (a 1/2 teaspoon maybe, but I’m not sure off the top of my head), and a tablespoon of Dijon mustard. I add a splash of red wine vinegar. Then whisk it all up and put it over the salmon. So good!

    I’ll have to try Old Bay on my husband’s next time. It’s his favorite flavor.

  3. Nicole, RD said on May 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Glad you’re back!

    That sounds simple and wonderful! I LOVE mayonnaise, but hubby doesn’t. Maybe if I disguise it with Old Bay, too…he’ll never notice 🙂

  4. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on May 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    i’m making this this week…i have a thing of Old Bay that we hardly ever use that’s just screaming to be put on salmon!

  5. Anna@ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on May 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Hey girl! Just wanted to let you know that the first time I went to your site, a virus caution thing opened up 🙁 I quit, and opened it again, and nothing went wrong. Ugh! I hate website issues 🙁

    On a happier note, this sounds yummy! I bet it would be good on Tofu?! I’ll have to try it!

  6. Becky said on May 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Perfect timing! We’re having salmon tonight, so we’re going to try this.

  7. Erica said on May 12, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    This marinade looks really tasty and so easy to make! I am going to have to give this a whirl!

  8. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on May 12, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    mayo is full of fat, eggs, dairy…it makes for a GREAT moist, delish, rich cake. About 1/4 to 1/2 c of mayo. It’s a grandmother secret. Trust me, it makes great cakes. Not vegan,not healthy, who cares 🙂 It’s a cake! ha!

    I use vegan mayo, veganaise as my salad dressing base. And i use all salad dressings, mustards, etc as marinades doctored up w/ my own spices, too!

  9. Danielle (Coffee Run) said on May 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Glad the site is running smoothly again!

    I’ve read chicken nugget recipes that had mayo. Apparently it makes the breading stick really well 🙂

  10. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on May 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Glad you have you back! I should tell you first that I do not like mayo. However, I did try a roll recipe using it just out of curiosity. It is used instead of eggs and oil (since that is what mayo is)…ugh, it was so gross. I could smell it. It gagged me so bad. Have a great evening!

  11. sophia said on May 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    People hate on mayo, but you’re not supposed to eat a lot of it…a little goes a long way! I love mayo in dressings and sauces and light condiments…I even enjoyed it spread on bagel, when I was trying to finish my jar of mayo before I left…

    Hee, I’m glad your wonderful blog is back to normal! 🙂

  12. Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said on May 13, 2010 at 12:58 am

    That does sound good! I’ve never used mayo, but it sounds like it would be great being it has the added fats that you generally would use to cook it anyway. YUM!


  13. Mo@MommyRD said on May 13, 2010 at 10:04 am

    This looks delicious Estela! I have used mayonaise as a marinade – and it was on salmon. We made a great new salmon recipe last night with a orange juice and herb marinade. I’ll post it when I get home. It was fantastic!

  14. adrienmelaine said on May 13, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I wish I could use mayo as a marinade, but I try to avoid dairy in my day to day cooking- save it for treats on the weekend!

  15. Beth @ DiningAndDishing said on May 13, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I had some trouble with your site! Got in the second time, but the first I got a security block…weird!

  16. Yum Yucky said on May 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Only 3 ingredients?? This is definitely my kinda recipe. 😛

  17. lynn @ the actors diet said on May 14, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    i’m not a big mayo person “raw” so i bet i would like it as a marinade.