Making your own Cajun seasoning blend is easy. This staple of Cajun cuisine is a must have in any spice lovers cabinet. It is far easier to make a batch of this homemade Cajun spice blend, than adding all these ingredients individually to your Cajun and Creole cooking. So, lets make a jar or two.
This spice mix is of course essential for making any recipe that calls for Cajun seasoning. It is also a good stand in for Creole seasoning and is generally what is used as a blackening spice blend as well.
This is the seasoning I used on my Blackened Salmon recipe.
What is Cajun Seasoning made of?
Here is what I use in my Cajun spice blend:
- Salt (Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt)
- Italian Seasoning
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- White Pepper
- Black Pepper
Notes: The Italian seasoning can also be home mixed, many recipes for this seasoning simply call for oregano and thyme. So feel free to swap in 3 parts oregano and 1 part thyme if you prefer. I also a a little ground mustard sometimes, especially when using the blend as a blackening spice mix.
Cajun Seasoning Uses
The homemade seasoning is quite versatile. I use it on Cajun Shrimp, in my Cajun Chicken Appetizers, Blackened Salmon and Cajun Keto Crackers. It is also an easy way to season meats for grilling, dirty rice, fried chicken and of course, jambalaya and gumbo.
Is Creole seasoning same as Cajun?
Traditionally, Cajun seasoning contained fewer ingredients than Creole spice mix, but over time the two have become pretty much interchangeable. If you were to use the basic original Cajun blend of just; garlic powder, onion, black pepper, and Cayenne, odds are you would be disappointed. Modern Cajun Spice is usually Creole seasoning.
Why Make Your Own Spice Mix?
It is also a great way to use up dry herbs and common spices in a timely manner. Fresh spices have better flavor. So, it makes more sense to use them making spice blends, rather than keeping jars around for year or even more. Personally, I like homemade better than store bought anyway.
Homemade Cajun seasoning is not only a great spice mix to have in your cabinet, but jars of it also make great DIY gifts. I’m a big fan of making gifts people will actually use. In particular, this spice mixture would be nice as a housewarming gift, Father’s Day gift or for your foodie friends, anytime.
The Cajun seasoning recipe will roughly fill a four ounce jar (1/2 pint). I prefer to split it into two 2 ounce jars myself. The image shown is one of these smaller jars. If you wish to make more or less of the spice mix, simply adjust to your requirements right in the recipe card.
This homemade Cajun Seasoning spice blend is a great way to add heat and flavor to a wide variety of dishes.
- 3 tbsp paprika
- 2 tbsp sea salt or Himalayan pink salt (as pictured)
- 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp white pepper
- 2 tsp cayenne
Mix all the spices together until well blended.
Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition note for recipes: When adding the seasoning to recipes these numbers may be more useful. Standard serving size is 1/4 tsp.
one tsp= 7 cal, 1 carb, 582 sodium
one tbsp= 23 cal, 5 carbs, 1748 sodium
Of course, these will then be divided in the servings of your recipe.
(Nutritional info is an estimate and calculated with software.)