This homemade Cajun seasoning is easy to make and perfect for having on hand to spice up shrimp, chicken, fish, and more!
While I love experimenting with different herbs and spices, I would be lying if I said I didn’t rely on store-bought spice mixes from time to time. Keeping a well-stocked spice pantry is not only a great way to add massive flavor without added calories, but spices are also full of antioxidants and other health benefits.
Whether it’s my easy 5-minute homemade taco seasoning or my all-purpose Lebanese spice blend, having convenient spice mixes on hand saves me time and helps me get dinner on the table faster. What’s even better? Making my own spice blends allows me to control the quality of ingredients including salt content and freshness of spices.
Recently I had trouble finding Cajun seasoning at the grocery store so I decided to create my own blend by mixing a few basic spices I already had on hand. My husband is a huge fan of Cajun-spiced anything so my goal was to create a big batch to use throughout the month in pasta, seafood, chicken dishes and more.
To make this easy Cajun seasoning blend, all you need to do is whisk together a few basic spices including smoked parika, garlic powder, oregano and thyme. If you want to make it spicy, add as much (or as little) cayenne as you wish. You’ll be left with a slightly spicy blend perfect for protein, veggies, and more.
These homemade spice blends are not only great to have on hand, but they also make the perfect gift for a friend or a new mom. Even better, they’re free from additives and unrecognizable ingredients found in many store-bought versions.
I highly recommend investing in a spice rack or large assortment of spices to have on hand. However, you don’t have to invest all at once. Instead, start small with a few ingredients you know you will use. For example, salt, pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, onion powder, etc. are utilized in most recipes. If you’re still not sure where to start, take a look at this guide of 25 Must-Have Spices.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is Cajun Seasoning spicy?
While this recipe does pack a bit of a punch, you can adjust the ingredients to suit your preferences. If you like things a bit more mild, omit the cayenne. Or, if you prefer things hot, add even more cayenne.
How much meat can I season with one serving?
On average, 1 Tablespoon of Cajun seasoning is recommend per one pound of meat, seafood, or poultry.
How long does Cajun seasoning last?
Although there is no specific expiration date on spices, the longer they are kept the less flavor they contain. In general, it is recommended to keep ground spices no longer than three months and whole spices no longer than eight to ten months.
Is Cajun seasoning allergy-friendly?
Yes! This Cajun seasoning is nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. In addition, it is vegetarian and vegan friendly as well.
Are you ready to start making your own blends? Your fork is waiting.
Easy Cajun Seasoning
- 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 2 teaspoons cayenne (optional)
- Place all spices in a small bowl and mix well. Store in an air-tight container until you're ready to use.