Cajun Seasoning

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This Cajun seasoning recipe is full of bold flavor!

The secret is in the perfect blend of ingredients that are likely already in your pantry!

Rub it on fish or chicken. Sprinkle it on shrimp or stir it into pasta.

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A Staple Seasoning Blend

Cajun seasoning is a pantry staple in Louisiana, and in my kitchen too! It’s easy to make at home.

  • Spicy & versatile! Cajun spice adds a smoky, spicy, and savory pop of flavor to recipes.
  • DIY Delight! Why buy it when you can make it? This simple recipe can be made anytime on the spot!
  • Deep south flavor! Add this delicious, flavorful seasoning to grilled shrimp, chicken, fish, or even a shrimp boil. The rich spicy flavor is also great on veggies.

Spices for Cajun Seasoning

Savory – Paprika is the base of this seasoning along with onion and garlic powder, oregano, thyme, and salt.

Spicy – A bit of cayenne gives this seasoning blend some kick! Make it extra spicy by adding a pinch (or two or three!) of red pepper flakes, if desired. Stir in some smoked paprika if you’d like for a deep, earthy, flavor!

Variations – To change it up, some brown sugar will make Cajun seasoning a little bit sweet and help the other seasonings cling to the food as it melts.

Cajun Seasoning ingredients

How to Make Cajun Seasoning

Double up on this homemade cajun seasoning recipe, it’s perfect with proteins from shrimp to pork!

  1. Whisk all of the ingredients (per recipe below) in a bowl and transfer to a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Shake well. Label with the date and store in the pantry for up to 6 months.
Cajun Seasoning ingredients being mixed with a whisk

Keeping it Fresh

Cajun spice can be stored for up to 6 months. If you keep it longer it will still be great but the flavor may mellow over time.

To keep it tasting its best, store the Cajun seasoning in an air tight container. If you have one, add a small desiccant packet to prevent moisture and clumping.

More Favorite Spice Blends

If you’ve got a pantry of herbs and spices, it’s easy to make your own spice blends including this Cajun seasoning mix!

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Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Cajun seasoning is a flavorful blend of spices used to add a zesty and slightly spicy taste to dishes.

Prep Time 3 minutes

Cook Time 0 minutes

Total Time 3 minutes

Author Holly Nilsson

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper add more if you like more heat
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

  • Store in an airtight container up to 6 months.

I prefer a finer table salt in this recipe as I find coarse salt or kosher salt doesn’t blend as evenly.

Store Cajun spice in a sealed container for up to 6 months.

Calories: 16 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 1751mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1170IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Spices

Cuisine American

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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