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I love having my own spice mixes and sauces on hand, it really adds a lot of flavor dimension to my food! Usually, I make my own barbecue spice seasoning, barbecue sauce, and this tasty and tasty Cajun seasoning.
I try to make my own spice mixes whenever possible. Store-bought mixes often contain ingredients I don't want, like sugar and preservatives, and homemade condiments only take a few minutes to put together. This Cajun seasoning is much better than anything you find in the store and is very easy to make.
What is Cajun spice made of?
The basic components of the Cajun spice include garlic, onion, salt, pepper, herbs and spices. My version includes two types of paprika, a little cayenne pepper to heat and dried oregano and thyme leaves to complete the flavor profile.
How is Cajun seasoning made?
Place the salt, sweet paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, oregano, thyme, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Stir until well mixed. Use the spice mixture right away, or store it in an airtight jar or container for up to 6 months.
Tips for a perfect blend of spices
- I often make a double or triple batch of this Cajun seasoning so you always have something on hand.
- The sweet and smoked paprika varieties are definitely worth using. The smoked version adds a ton of flavor and is readily available in the spice aisle of most grocery stores.
- There are two types of oregano that are generally sold in the store, both Mexican and Mediterranean. For this recipe, it's best to use Mediterranean oregano, although either will work.
- I recommend using freshly ground black pepper for maximum flavor.
- This seasoning mix contains salt, which means you won't need to add extra salt to your protein or vegetables when cooking.
- You can alter the heat level by increasing or decreasing the amount of cayenne pepper. The amount of cayenne in the recipe produces a Cajun seasoning with a moderate level of heat. You can skip cayenne entirely if you don't like the heat or add more to get a spicier mix.
What is Cajun seasoning used for?
Cajun seasoning is not just for Cajun food! I spread my seasoning over chicken, fish, potatoes, steak, and pasta.
- Marinades: Add 2-3 teaspoons of your seasoning mix to 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce to Make a versatile marinade that works with chicken, steak, and shrimp.
- Pasta: Add 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning to homemade or store-bought Alfredo sauce for a spicy kick.
- Steak: Mix 2 tablespoons of butter with 1 teaspoon of chopped parsley and 3/4 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Place a tablespoon of seasoned butter on a cooked steak.
- Potatoes: Cut Russet potatoes into pieces. Mix the potatoes with 1/4 cup olive oil and 2-3 teaspoons of seasoning. Bake on a greased baking sheet at 425 degrees F for 40 minutes or until golden and crisp.
- Vegetables: Mix broccoli or cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of Cajun spices. Grill at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables are golden brown and tender.
Once you have this amazing seasoning mix on hand, you'll find yourself spraying just about anything!
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Cajun-style recipes to try
- Spicy shrimp dip
- Cajun Shrimp Pasta
- Jambalaya Pasta
- Shrimp and sausage pasta
- Cajun chicken pasta
Cajun Seasoning Video
This Cajun seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices, all mixed together to form a flavor base for a variety of Cajun-inspired recipes. This spice blend will last for months and can be used to season seafood, chicken, soups, vegetables, and more.
Preparation time: 5 minutes Cook time: 1 minute Total time: 6 minutes
Servings: 8 Calories: 18kcal
- 2 tablespoons of sweet paprika sometimes simply labeled "paprika", you want to avoid the spicy variety
- 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper is best
- 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- Place the bell pepper, smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, oregano, thyme, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
- Stir to combine. Use it immediately or store it in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Calories :: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1748mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1397IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1 mg