Do you want to spice up all of your recipes? Then you need Cajun seasoning! It just that simple mix is great for your veggies, soups, chicken, beef or seafood. So get your spices right now.
Measure it and stir and you get the best Cajun seasoning in a matter of minutes. Want to learn how you can make your own Cajun seasoning? Lets get started!
What I find the most fascinating thing about seasoning is how fast you can put it together and how big the impact of one single ingredient can be.
A couple of years ago I never made my own seasoning until I found out how easy it is to do and how cheap.
If you have no other reason, besides it tasting so much better than spice mix packets, make it yourself because you will save so much money.
You can tailor it to your taste which make it even better and you can spice it up knowing what you put into your mix.
I like to keep it low/no salt if possible which I can when I make seasoning myself.
What is Cajun seasoning?
So you may be wondering what is Cajun seasoning? Is it a seasoning blend that originates from the Southern Louisiana kitchen.
As this part of the US has a lot of French influences this seasoning also has French roots. But as with a lot of recipes there are a lot of variations on spice blends.
When looking the common ingredients in the various version you will see some paprika, some spice like cayenne and pepper and of course some garlic because no spice mix without garlic.
You can add some salt but it is not a necessity. With seasonings that have some spice the need for salt reduces because you have other flavors taking over.
Are Cajun seasoning and Creole seasoning the same?
A simple answer to this question is no. However both spice blends have the same French roots and both share a number of ingredients.
Creole seasoning has a different measurement of ingredients and has a number of additional ingredients than Cajun seasoning. Like e.g. dried sweet basil and celery seeds.
Cajun seasoning ingredients
To make Cajun seasoning you need to have the following spice on hand:
- Mild paprika
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Chili powder
- Dried thyme
- Dried oregano
- Brown sugar
- Cayenne pepper, add more if you like heat
- Cracked black pepper and salt to taste
How to make Cajun seasoning
To make any type of seasoning take all of the spices and your measuring spoon. Take a small mixing bowl or deep plate.
Measure according to the recipe and take a spoon to mix your Cajun spice blend. I always stir my seasoning for a minute or more. This to make certain all of the spices are incorporate throughout the mix.
You can also but the spices in a small blender and pulse a couple of time. This will also take care of thoroughly combine the ingredients.
Transfer the mix into a jar and store it in your kitchen cabinet. You can easily use it up to a year.
Use homemade Cajun seasoning
As mentioned in the beginning this might be the easiest spice blend to use with other recipes. You can eat it with:
- Seafood – think shrimp, cod or panga filet
- Chicken – make some chicken carnitas and sprinkle some of this seasoning on top
- Chips and crackers – if you make your own potato chips, flatbread crackers or pita chips, season it with this Cajun spice mix
- Dips – you can even stir it in your hummus, guacamole, bean salsa or bell pepper hummus
Other seasoning recipes
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Looking for an easy homemade cajun seasoning recipe? Try this easy recipe. Easy to make and super cheap. Tastes delicious.
- 1 tablespoon mild paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder, add more if you like heat
- 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2-3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, add more if you like heat
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- Measure according to the recipe and take a spoon to mix your cajun spice blend
- Stir the seasoning for a minute or more. To make certain all of the spices are incorporate throughout the mix
- Transfer the seasoning to a jar
Calories: 16: Carbs: 3.4g; Fat: 0.4g; Protein: 0.7g