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Homemade Cajun Seasoning

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If you’re looking to add some zing to your dishes, homemade Cajun seasoning is the way to go! It’s an easy recipe with simple ingredients and a big punch of flavor.

Jar of homemade Cajun seasoning.

What is Cajun seasoning?

Cajun seasoning is a blend of spices that originated in Louisiana. It is often used to enhance the flavor of meats, seafood, and other dishes. Common ingredients in Cajun seasoning include garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, oregano, thyme, and sometimes other herbs or spices. The amount of each ingredient used can vary, depending on individual preference. It can be used as a rub for meats or sprinkled over vegetables and salads.

Try using Cajun seasoning on grilled chicken or shrimp, as a rub for slow-cooked pork shoulder or mixed into your favorite soup recipe. For an extra kick of heat, add more cayenne pepper to the mix and adjust the seasoning according to your taste buds! So go on and get creative with this zesty recipe – happy cooking!

Let’s look at how to make this spice mix at home.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon White Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • ½ Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper
Ingredients to make Cajun seasoning.

Directions

Whisk in a bowl of ingredients to make Cajun seasoning.

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk or mix with a utensil until combined.

Scoop of Cajun seasoning.

Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months in a dry pantry.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Regular paprika will work, however, the flavor of the smoky paprika is so distinct it’s desirable.
  • If you don’t have both black and white pepper, just use one or the other and combine the amounts. For example, if you only have black pepper and no white, just do 2 Tablespoons of black pepper.
  • The seasoning may last longer than 6 months, but the freshness isn’t as potent and you may have to use more. Make sure that the individual spices that you use are well within their “Best By” date.
  • Use as directed in your recipes. This is interchangeable with store-bought cajun seasoning,
  • If desired, you can add in 1 Tablespoon onion powder. Many Cajun seasonings include it. The choice is up to you.

What is the difference between Creole seasoning and Cajun seasoning?

Even though they both originate from Louisiana and share some ingredients, the main difference between Creole seasoning and Cajun seasoning is that the former has more herbs while the latter usually contains a variety of peppers.

What dishes is Cajun seasoning best used in?

Cajun seasoning is a great way to add a zesty and flavorful kick to many dishes. It can be used on grilled meats, fish, vegetables, soups, stews, eggs, and even popcorn! Additionally, it’s great for adding flavor to marinades or salad dressings. Whether you’re looking for a little heat or just a lot of flavor, Cajun seasoning can do the job.

Jar of Cajun seasoning.
Jar of homemade Cajun seasoning.

Cajun Seasoning

Use this delicious homemade Cajun Seasoning to spice up your meals! Perfect for seafood, pasta, fries, and more! Most of the ingredients can already be found in your pantry.
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Course: staple
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 batch
Calories: 169kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon White Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • ½ Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk or mix with a utensil until combined.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months in a dry pantry.

Notes

  • Regular paprika will work, however, the flavor of the smoky paprika is so distinct it’s desirable.
  • If you don’t have both black and white pepper, just use one or the other and combine the amounts. For example, if you only have black pepper and no white, just do 2 Tablespoons of black pepper.
  • The seasoning may last longer than 6 months, but the freshness isn’t as potent and you may have to use more. Make sure that the individual spices that you use are well within their “Best By” date.
  • Use as directed in your recipes. This is interchangeable with store-bought cajun seasoning,
  • If desired, you can add in 1 Tablespoon onion powder. Many cajun seasonings include it. The choice is up to you.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13980mg | Potassium: 871mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 11501IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 9mg
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