This Louisiana Cajun Seasoning Recipe is great on just about everything, including chicken, shrimp, fish, and my favorite - cajun fries! No need to purchase a bottle of cajun seasoning in the store when you can make this tasty homemade cajun spice blend using pantry staples you probably already have!
Old Bay, Tony Chachere’s, Slap Ya Mama Seasoning, Cajun 2-Step Seasoning - these are likely all familiar favorites when cajun or creole cooking comes to mind. But did you know you can make these easily spicy seasonings right from the comfort of your own home? That’s right! Making cajun seasoning is super easy, and takes only a few minutes. Read on to learn how to make this DIY cajun spice mix!!
Why I Love It
- Adds a nice creole kick to dishes.
- The cajun flavoring easily pairs with almost anything - fish, potatoes, pasta, chicken, veggies, fries, potatoes, and soups....the list goes on!
- Homemade Louisiana cajun seasoning is so easy to make. Just mix the ingredients, store the spice mix in a jar, and you’re done!
- It's super versatile! You can use it as a Louisiana rub, a general spicy seasoning to go atop veggies or proteins, or even turn it into a sauce. It adds tons of flavor to any dish.
What’s In Cajun Seasoning
Cajun seasoning is a blend of spices that originated in Louisiana (which is why it’s also sometimes known as Louisiana cajun seasoning). It typically contains a mix of peppers (paprika, cayenne, black pepper) and garlic powder. Adding some additional dried herbs, such as thyme and oregano, as I’ve done here, technically makes this a creole seasoning. However, the terms are often used interchangeably when cooking.
How to Make Cajun Seasoning
Making this cajun seasoning mix is super easy. Just add all the ingredients to a small bowl, stir to combine, then store in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it. Easy!
The Best Ways To Use Louisiana Cajun Seasoning
It’s hard to pick a favorite cajun seasoning recipe. The choices are literally ENDLESS! Here are just a few ways that you can use this powerhouse cajun spice blend:
- Cajun Fries Seasoning
- Cajun seasoning for shrimp
- Cajun shrimp pasta
- Cajun chicken
- Dirty rice seasoning
- Cajun salmon
- Cajun dry rub wings
- Seafood boil
- Crawfish seasoning
- Cajun blackened fish
- Add it to some olive oil to create a cajun marinade
- Sprinkle it into bloody Mary mix to make a spicy cajun bloody mary
- Jambalaya seasoning
- Cajun mac n cheese
Is Cajun Seasoning Spicy? This cajun powder has a nice mellow spice, with just enough zing to make you notice. If you’re looking to amp up the spice here, feel free to add in a bit more cayenne pepper and paprika for extra heat.
How Do You Store This Creole Spice? Cajun seasoning can be stored in an airtight container. I typically use a small jelly jar to store it.
How Long Does It Keep? Assuming you’re using fresh spices, this cajun seasoning will last for about a year in an airtight container.
Give this Louisiana Cajun Seasoning Recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments! I promise it will become a staple in your kitchen and will be used in all sorts of dishes!
Cajun Seasoning Recipe
- 3 tablespoon paprika
- ¾ tablespoon salt
- 1 ½ tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 tbsp black pepper
- 1 ¼ tbsp onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper ¾
- ¾ tablespoon dried thyme
- Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined.
- Store the cajun spice mix in an airtight container until needed. (I keep mine in a small jelly jar.)
- This Louisiana cajun seasoning blend will keep for up to one year in an airtight container.
- Use it as a rub, as a spicy seasoning to add to soups and pasta, or to flavor sauces!