How to make homemade Cajun seasoning that’ll perk up all your meals and is cheaper than store-bought! This Seasoning mix recipe is the perfect blend of spicy and savory flavors that only takes a few minutes to make, and I bet you already have the ingredients in your cupboard.
I first made this blend back in 2011, and I’ve been using it ever since. I finally decided it needed a home of its own, so here is my version of Cajun Seasoning.
If you’ve never made your own Cajun spice mix, not only are you missing out on great flavor, but you’re missing out on savings. That’s right, homemade Cajun seasoning tastes better and it’s cheaper than store-bought!
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Cajun seasoning uses
This delicious seasoning mix works so well in so many wonderful dishes.
Cajun seasoning is meant to have a little kick, so yes, it’s spicy. But in a medium nicely spicy way.
Don’t like it as hot and spicy? Feel free to cut back on the cayenne pepper.
If you like it hotter, add crushed red pepper to the mix.
Also, I made it without salt so you can use it anywhere. If you want to add salt to it, add 1 teaspoon to this recipe mix.
Cajun seasoning substitute
It’s great to have a recipe like this up your sleeve in case you need a quick dinner, or if you run out of store-bought bottled seasoning mix.
Storing Homemade Cajun Seasoning
Store homemade Cajun seasoning in an airtight container in a cool, dry place like a spice cabinet. You can buy really cute spice jars on Amazon, reuse an old spice jar, or even use a ziptop bag.
The spice mix will stay fresh for one to three years (depending on how fresh your spices were to begin with, and how well you’re storing them).
Spices don’t really go bad over time; they just tend to lose their flavor. So, the faster you use it, the better it’ll taste.
Note on the name
Honestly, most people use the names Cajun, Creole, and blackening interchangeably. They are all fairly similar in style, so don’t worry about what to call this recipe, just enjoy the flavors!
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- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¾ teaspoon black pepper
- ¾ teaspoon onion powder
- ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¾ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- ¾ teaspoon dried ground thyme
- Mix all ingredients together. Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.