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This is a good Cajun seasoning that you can add to to chicken to make blackened Cajun chicken or just about anything you want a little bit of kick given to it!

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IngredientsMakes: 6 Dependant on use

  • 1/2 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper, medium ground in pestle
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper, medium ground in pestle
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon onion granules
  • 1 tablespoon garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

MethodPrep:5min ›Ready in:5min

  1. Measure everything out and put into a clean jar, seal and shake together. It should keep for a couple of months.

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Very good Cajun Seasoning recipe. A lot like Paul Prudhomme's but with less salt. Thanks for posting-13 Jul 2013

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Homemade Cajun Seasoning Mix

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My family loves Cajun spiced dishes, so I use my Homemade Cajun Seasoning Mix in a variety of recipes. Use can use this Cajun Seasoning Recipe as a rub on fish, to add flavor to roasted vegetables, or to season rice and beans. You can even use this Cajun spice mix to add flavor to homemade chips, roasted nuts, seeds, and popcorn.


If you want a way to add some extra oomph to storebought creamy dips like ranch or blue cheese, a good way is to stir in Cajun seasoning to taste. If you don&apost have a storebought dip on hand but you do have Greek yogurt or sour cream, just mix in Cajun seasoning and lemon juice into the yogurt or sour cream and taste until it seems delicious enough to dunk corn chips in.

Got some chicken breasts or thighs and no idea what to do with them? Use Cajun seasoning as a quick spice rub before you roast them. Same goes for a nice piece of fish, like salmon, or even a pork shoulder. In a pinch, Cajun seasoning adds a lot of flavor when you need it.


The Best Fish for Fish Tacos

The answer to this is really going to depend on what kind of tacos you are making, but overall, you can mostly assume that any firm, white fish would work. I used cod for this recipe, but you could also use tilapia, mahi mahi, halibut, snapper, catfish, or any other white fish. These are usually best because they are mild in flavor and cook quickly.

I had a roommate in college who made salmon tacos that were delicious, as well. Salmon would work as a sub here, but it is a fish that is isn’t quite as mild so the taste would be slightly different.


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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Cajun Spices and Seasonings

This Cajun blend has just the right balance of heat and herbiness, spectacular for jazzing up beans and rice, grilled fish, or roasted veggies.

Make a batch of this Cajun blackened spice mix so you can have some mix on hand whenever the grilling mood strikes.

A good Cajun seasoning is critical to have on hand for rubbing down seafood or for adding a bit of kick to soups, stews, and gumbo.

Made with paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, dried basil, file powder, garlic powder, dry mustard, onion powder, dried oregano, cayenne pepper

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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.


Cajun Seasoning

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Ingredients

Based on 2 servings per recipe.

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne for mild or 2 teaspoons for medium spice

Preparation

Nutrition Facts

Based on 2 servings per recipe.

Calories25
Carbohydrates5 g
Protein1 g
Dietary Fiber1 g
Sodium15 mg
Potassium36 mg
Phosphorus5 mg

Sodium: All of our recipes are low in sodium because it is hard on kidneys and raises blood pressure. Most people should limit sodium to 1,500 milligrams per day.

Potassium: If you are on hemodialysis, limit potassium too, to 2,000 milligrams per day. If you are on peritoneal dialysis or short daily dialysis, limit potassium to 3,500 milligrams per day.

Phosphorus: If you are on dialysis, limit phosphorus to about 1,000 milligrams per day.

Protein: If you are not on dialysis but have kidney disease, you might benefit from a diet lower in protein. Check with a kidney doctor or dietitian for guidelines.


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 7 tablespoons 1 x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make Cajun seasoning! This homemade seasoning mix is all natural, easy to make, and adds the very best flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (not ground)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon* cayenne, depending on your spice tolerance
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl. Transfer to an airtight container or jar. Store for 6 months to 1 year in a cool, dry place.

Notes

*½ teaspoon cayenne results in a spicy blend (remember, there’s also black pepper to add to the heat). 1 teaspoon is knock your socks off level!

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Cajun Seasoning

On my busiest nights, I grab this homemade spice mix from the pantry and rub it onto my Baked Salmon recipe. It’s SO good and so easy, it feels like magic.

That’s the power of having it at arm’s reach: being able to add lots of flavor to a basic protein and call it dinner.

Cajun seasoning is not a mild seasoning, but I don’t think it’s too overwhelming either. There’s moderate heat to it from the cayenne pepper, but it’s not overbearing. I say this as someone who generally can’t handle hot sauce because it’s too spicy.

With a mix of paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, oregano, cayenne, and thyme, it has a robust flavor, but a nice balance of spice and herbs.

I’ll usually mix up a big enough batch to keep in my pantry, because I think the whole point of keeping spice mixes on hand, whether you’re using Taco Seasoning for homemade Ground Beef Tacos or Sazon Seasoning for Pulled Pork, is that it’s available at a moment’s notice.

So if you’re trying it for the first time, you can mix up a small batch to test it out on your next salmon dinner.

But if you want to make bigger batches for the future, use the slider button in the recipe box below to scale the amounts up automatically.

You can also mix batches of this seasoning and give it as a Christmas gift. I’ve always been a big fan of consumables for Christmas because they’re useful too.

As I mentioned above, I love rubbing this on Salmon the most, but it’s also great on Chicken, Pork, Ribs, or in rice dishes. Just make sure to moisten the spice mix with a little bit of olive oil when you rub it onto the meat or fish.

Also try my homemade Fajita Seasoning for your next batch of Steak or Chicken Fajitas. Enjoy!