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Cajun Seasoning

Cajun Seasoning


  • Prep 5min
  • Total5min
  • Servings1

Adapted from Bon Appetit magazine, this Cajun seasoning is my go-to!MORE+LESS-

BySimply Scratch

Updated October 8, 2014

Ingredients

2 1/2

tablespoons kosher salt

1

tablespoon cayenne pepper (increase this if you want it spicier)

1

tablespoon garlic powder

1/2

tablespoon dried oregano

1/2

tablespoon dried thyme

1/2

tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2

tablespoon onion powder

Steps

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    In a small bowl combine all ingredients.

  • 2

    Stir and store in an airtight container at room temperature for a month.

Expert Tips

  • *For potatoes with more of a kick, sprinkle with a little extra cayenne pepper.

Nutrition Information

No nutrition information available for this recipe


Homemade Cajun Seasoning

My very favorite seasoning blend in the world is a good Cajun seasoning. If you scroll through the recipes on this site, as well as thumb through the several cookbooks I&rsquove written, you&rsquoll find &ldquoCajun Seasonings&rdquo in the ingredients quite often.

A Cajun seasoning recipe is typically a blend of specific chili powders along with garlic, onion, salt and a potential slew of other ingredients, like dried herbs and spices. That is the beauty of it, really. No two people make it exactly the same, though you WILL find many commonalities.

Cajun seasoning came about with southern Cajun cooking, as the Cajuns would eat a lot of game meat, including swamp critters that had some pretty tough flavor. They would highly season their food with bold ingredients, to make it more palatable.

This is why I LOVE a good Cajun blend. BOLD!

So how do you make your own Cajun seasoning at home? First&hellip


Homemade Cajun Seasoning Recipe

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup sea salt
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons celery salt
  • 4 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon ground sage
  • 2 ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper - (we used 90K H.U., but you can use milder if you prefer)
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

Equipment

Instructions

Notes

Nutrition Information Per Serving


What is Cajun Spice Made Of?

This homemade no-salt seasoning is made with common spices that you probably already have in your pantry.

To make your own homemade cajun spice, you will need the following dry herbs and spices:

  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • ground black pepper
  • ground white pepper
  • ground cayenne pepper
  • ground paprika
  • dried oregano
  • dried thyme

It is no added salt seasoning, so it's great for those of you watching your sodium intake. I personally like it without salt as you can then add it to any recipe and adjust the salt levels later.

However, if you prefer to add salty flavor to the seasoning, feel free to use about 1 - 1½ teaspoons of fine kosher salt into the mixture.


  • Paprika– You can use regular or smoked paprika
  • Fine Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Oregano
  • Ground Cayenne Pepper– Feel free to add a bit more or less depending on your spice tolerance
  • Dried Thyme

Store prepared spice mix for up to 1 year in an airtight container or jar at room temperature. If kept for longer, the spices will get less potent and you may need to use more than is called for in a recipe.


Ways to use Cajun seasoning

There are so many ways to use Cajun seasoning, outside the obvious ways. Here are a few ideas for where to start:

    : Sprinkle it onto shrimp and it’s over-the-top good. : Add to oven baked salmon for a kick. : Dirty rice is a traditional Cajun or Creole dish that uses this spice blend. or Grilled Peppers & Onion: Adds the perfect punch to grilled peppers! or Quick Baked Sweet Potato: Add new life to baked potatoes. : Sprinkle with a little Cajun seasoning instead of Old Bay. Perfection! : Like your popcorn spicy? Give it a little kick. : Sprinkle onto hash browns for a Cajun flair.
  1. Cajun Dip: Mix it into Greek yogurt to make a spicy dip for veggies, crackers, and chips. : It goes without saying that Cajun fries are full of intense flavor.

This cajun seasoning recipe is so simple, you likely already have all the spices to make it in your pantry.

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Cajun seasoning is super easy to make at home, and chances are that once you make your own cajun seasoning, you will never want to go back to store bought. It only takes minutes to make, and you will most likely already have all of these spices in your pantry. This seasoning is a great way to change up your regular recipes.

Having grown up eating spicy, flavorful food, I took to Cajun cuisine like a duck to water. But cajun cuisine isn’t just about spicy, peppery heat. It’s quite a bit more subtle than that.

What is cajun seasoning?

Originating from Louisiana, cajun seasoning is a simple blend of spices that perks up any dish that you use it in with its robust, peppery, zesty flavor profile.

While cajun and creole food may seem the same and the words interchangeable to an outsider looking in, they are not quite the same. And unless you call Louisiana home, it might not even be something that bothers you.

How to make cajun seasoning?

This easy homemade cajun seasoning that I’m sharing with you today is a simple blend of paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, crushed red pepper, thyme and oregano. The combination of these spices make for a delicious, spicy and earthy spice mix. Plus, these herbs are so easy to find so you can make the spice blend easily at home, and you can customize it to your taste too.

You can of course use store-bought cajun seasoning, if you already have it in your pantry. But to me, this homemade cajun seasoning tastes that much better, and of course it doesn’t have any MSG or any of the other synthetic stuff. I’ve added my own little twist to it (cayenne pepper), to give it more punch, but you can substitute the cayenne pepper with more paprika, if you prefer a spice mix with less spice.

I used this easy Homemade Cajun Seasoning (or cajun spice blend) to make this creamy chicken and sausage cajun pasta featuring, cajun-style blackened chicken and andouille sausage. A flavorful, spicy, peppery dish that’s great for weeknight or weekend dinners.

While homemade cajun seasonings may have small variations from family to family, this particular blend of spices is one I love, and always guarantees flavorful, smoky, spicy, zesty dishes!

And as you may notice, I don’t add any salt in this recipe, because I don’t like to add salt to my spice blends until I actually use it in a recipe . This ensures that you can season your food to your liking when cooking with this cajun spice blend. But you’re more than welcome to add salt until you get the right combination when making this cajun seasoning at home, if you prefer.

I can safely say that this cajun spice mix is by far my favorite blend of cajun spices. I seem to want to put it on everything! This creamy chicken and sausage cajun pasta is just one example, and how about this blackened shrimp and avocado toast?

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Chicken and Sausage Cajun Pasta

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  • Paprika – if you like a smoky flavor, use smoked paprika.
  • Kosher Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Oregano
  • Cayenne Pepper – this is what brings the heat in Cajun seasoning blends. If you like your Cajun food on the spicier side, go ahead and double the amount of cayenne in this recipe!
  • Dried Thyme
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  1. Combine all of the spices in a mason jar.
    • Quick Tip! This recipe will fit in an 8 ounce mason jar. If doubling the recipe, use a pint size or 16 ounce mason jar.
  2. Store the spice mixture in the pantry for up to 6 months.
  3. Use to season vegetables, chicken, shrimp, or to create THE BEST Cajun marinade!

Questions and Answers

Here are more tips to help you make the best Cajun seasoning mix ever!

Is this Cajun seasoning mix recipe Keto friendly?
Yes, it is Keto friendly and low carb.

Is this recipe vegetarian?
Yes, this seasoning mix is both vegetarian and vegan.

Is this recipe Whole30?
Yes, this seasoning mix is Whole30.

Does it contain sugar?
No, this recipe does not have any sugar, so if your diet requires you to skip sugar, this is a perfect seasoning to use to add flavor to your food.

Does this Cajun Seasoning Recipe have salt?
This recipe does contain salt. However, if you do not want salt in your seasoning, you can skip it, and just mix together the rest of the ingredients.


How To Use Cajun Seasoning

Cajun Seasoning is one of my all-time favorite flavor profiles. It’s the perfect blend of savory, spicy, and zesty flavors that will take any dish to the next level! And it’s an all-purpose seasoning. You can use it in everything from meats and pasta to dips and veggies. It pairs particularly well with the following:

  • Protein: Coat chicken, fish, shellfish, pork, steak, and even tofu with a few shakes of this Homemade Cajun Seasoning.
  • Veggies and Sides: Especially roasted veggies, like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, baked sweet potato fries, asparagus. Also goes well with sides like quinoa and baked mac and cheese.
  • Soups: This seasoning would be a great addition to soup recipes like my Stuffed Pepper Soup, Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup with Couscous, and Slow Cooker Tortellini Sausage and Kale Soup.
  • Dips: Like my French Onion Dip, Baked BLT Dip, and even Spicy Tomato and Pepper Chutney recipes.
  • Crunchy Snacks: Like Homemade Tortilla Chips, Spicy Pita Chips, and even Spicy Roasted Almonds.

Some of my favorite Cajun- and spice-inspired dishes include:


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