Take dinner up a notch with this homemade Cajun seasoning blend. This is loaded with smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, black and white pepper, and more. A simple spice blend that gives you all your favorite Creole flavors in one spice blend.
This savory and spicy seasoning blend can be used in so many different ways. Season vegetables, chicken, fish, steak, and more. You can even mix in the Cajun spice blend into casseroles for added flavor. The possibilities are endless.
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What is Cajun Seasoning
Cajun seasoning is a Louisianna-inspired spice blend that is used a lot in their cuisine. A variety of herbs and spices come together to create a warm and somewhat spicy blend that offers that deep and rich smokey flavor with a kick.
You can use this for seasoning shrimp boils, Cajun dishes, seasoning meats, veggies, and more.
Why we love this recipe!
- Simple ingredients you might already have on hand in your spice cupboard.
- Quick to assemble. It takes literally minutes to make.
- You control the ingredients used for this spice blend.
- If you want to elevate the heat, you can or tame it down for a mild spice.
- Versatile in how you can use spices in your cooking!
- Makes a great gift that you can whip up and gift to friends and family members who enjoy spending time in the kitchen.
What’s in Cajun Seasoning
- Smoked Paprika
- Garlic Powder
- Black Pepper
- White Pepper
- Italian Seasoning
- Cayenne Pepper
How To Make
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements!
- Add all spices into a small bowl. (Photo 1)
- Mix well. Then store until ready to use or use right away. (Photos 2 & 3)
- Adjust the heat as you would like. More cayenne will make it spicy. Less will tame the heat. It is mostly used for added flavor, but if you want it to be mild, use less or skip it altogether.
- Using white and black pepper helps to create more dimension in the recipe. So I do recommend if you want to create more flavor, don’t just use one type of pepper.
- Make sure that when you store this, you store it in a sealed jar or container. Then keep it in a cupboard with spices or in a pantry.
- Use fresh spices so you get the best flavor and it lasts longer in terms of shelf life.
- Stir or shake the bottle between each use to ensure all the flavors are incorporated before you go to use.
Make sure that you store your Cajun seasoning blend in a sealed container. You can buy empty spice containers or use a mason jar for storing the spice blend. This is going to allow the best storage. It will last for up to 6 months.
Then just use as little or as much as you would like depending on the recipe you are using.
Ways to Use Spice Blend
You will find you can use this spice blend any way you want. Add it into a soup or stew you got cooking for flavor. Sprinkle on my corn ribs for added flavoring, or top your chicken and toss on the grill. The possibilities are truly endless.
This recipe does have some spice. If you want to lower the spice, do 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne instead of 1/2 teaspoon.
Anytime a recipe calls for Creole or even blackening seasoning, that is a great time you can swap in this Cajun seasoning. Or you can use it and create custom meals.
Go right ahead and make a salt-free version if you need it. You can use salt substitutes for adding in if you feel it is needed to enhance the flavor.
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- Add ingredients into a small bowl.
- Mix well and use as you would like or store in a sealed container for up to 6 months.
- Spice – Use ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper for a mild spice. Or up to 1 tablespoon for spicy.
- Seasonings – Adjust the seasonings as you need to fit your flavor preference.
- Salt Free – Use a salt substitute if you would like a salt-free Cajun seasoning.
- Store for up to 6 months in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.