The BEST Homemade Cajun Spice Mix Recipe
This Easy, Homemade Cajun Seasoning is my go-to, all purpose spice mix. It adds boldness and flavor to any dish.
What is Cajun Seasoning
Cajun Seasoning, or Cajun Spice Mix, is a classic blend of herbs and spices, originating from Louisiana. It’s a very versatile blend of common, ordinary spices that you probably already have on hand.
Cajun Seasoning Uses
What’s Cajun Seasoning used for? Cajun Spice Mix can be used in so many different ways. It’s so versatile that it complements a wide range of dishes:
- Baked or grilled chicken, meat, shrimp
- Roasted Veggies – Cajun fries
- Pasta dishes – especially creamy ones
- Soups, stews, rice, and beans
What spices are in Cajun Seasoning? What is Cajun Seasoning made of?
Cajun Spice Mix is a blend of common, ordinary spices that you probably already have on hand:
- Cayenne pepper
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Salt (optional)
Salt free Cajun Seasoning recipe
I’ve listed salt as an optional ingredient, however I never add it myself. I prefer to add salt separately so that I can have the exact amount of saltiness I want, while being able to use as much of the seasoning as I want.
Easy, Homemade Cajun Spice Mix recipe
It’s so quick and easy to mix up your own Cajun Seasoning at home. No need to pay a premium for ready-made spice mixes.
What’s the difference between Cajun and Creole seasoning
Cajun Seasoning and Creole seasoning are very similar. Some would consider them to be interchangeable.
While Cajun seasoning is a basic blend of cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper, Creole seasoning has some earthier notes with the addition of dried herbs like oregano, thyme, basil, and parsley.
What does Cajun Seasoning taste like?
Cajun Seasoning has a bold spicy flavor (from the cayenne and paprika) with a subtle earthiness (provided by the garlic, onion, and herbs).
It’s the ultimate all-purpose seasoning and definitely the spice mix that I can’t do without. I use it on everything from burgers and steaks, to Cajun fries and chicken breasts, to soups, pasta, and rice.
If you like it spicy, you can use more cayenne. If you like it milder, use a higher ratio of paprika.
How to make Homemade Cajun Seasoning Mix
Simply mix the ingredients and store in an airtight container for up to six months. After that, it will begin to lose it potency.
- 2 tablespoons paprika or smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- Optional: 1 tablespoon salt or to taste
- Mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.