Cajun Seasoning

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This homemade Cajun Seasoning blend is a tasty, versatile mix of common spices you probably already have on hand. Great on meats, pasta, veggies, and more!

Cajun seasoning spices on a white plate.

Cajun Seasoning is a delicious spice blend made with common pantry spices that yo probably already have. It can be spicy or mild depending on much cayenne pepper you add.

It’s the same sort of spice blend that you se when you want something “blackened” such as Blackened Chicken or Blackened Salmon. But, it has the sort of universal appeal that lends itself to so many different dishes.

It shows up in several different New Orleans classics such as Cajun Chicken and Fried Green Tomatoes, but I also love to use it in unexpected ways. It gives a little kick to Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad and it’s great in Cajun Chicken Alfredo, a copycat from Chili’s and elsewhere.

Recipe ingredients

Cajun seasoning spices on a white plate.

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Ingredient notes

  • Paprika: Both sweet and smoked paprika work here.
  • Italian seasoning: To make your own, add 1 ½ teaspoons EACH of dried basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram. If you’re missing one, just leave it out.
  • Salt: Add salt to taste (I like 2 tablespoons), or leave it out of the blend and salt your individual dishes as you go.
  • Cayenne pepper: Dial the heat up or down with more or less cayenne pepper (omit it entirely if you don’t like spicy food).

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together paprika, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, cayenne pepper, thyme, and onion powder. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes ¾ cup seasoning.
  • Storage: Store covered in a dark, cool place for up to 6 months.
  • Marinade: To make a marinade for 2 pounds of steak, chicken, or pork, whisk together ½ cup olive oil, ¼ cup lemon or lime juice, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and and 1 tablespoon seasoning. Marinade at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for up to 1 hour. Pat meat dry before cooking.
  • More Cajun flavors: Depending on what you are cooking, consider adding green bell peppers, onion, and celery (the “holy trinity”), okra, tomatoes, mint, parsley, and hot sauce (especially Tabasco). Pepper jelly is classic, too.
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Cajun seasoning spices on a white plate.

Cajun Seasoning

This homemade Cajun Seasoning blend is a tasty, versatile mix of common spices you probably already have on hand. Great on meats, pasta, veggies, and more!
Author: Meggan Hill
5 from 64 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Total Time 1 min
Servings 36 servings (1 teaspoon each)
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 5

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, combine paprika, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, cayenne pepper, thyme, and onion powder. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Paprika: Both sweet and smoked paprika work here.
  2. Italian seasoning: To make your own, add 1 ½ teaspoons EACH of dried basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram. If you’re missing one, just leave it out.
  3. Salt: Add salt to taste (I like 2 tablespoons), or leave it out of the blend and salt your individual dishes as you go.
  4. Cayenne pepper: Dial the heat up or down with more or less cayenne pepper (omit it entirely if you don’t like spicy food).
  5. Yield: This recipe makes ¾ cup seasoning.
  6. Storage: Store covered in a dark, cool place for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tspCalories: 5kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 389mgPotassium: 28mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 354IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Thank you! Needed something new for chicken and this is it. Used as a dry rub and after cooking chicken, I served over cilantro rice and topped with sliced avocado. Family loved it.5 stars

  2. This was fabulous! I used it in a jambalaya recipe as I didn’t realize I was out of Cajun seasoning. So easy to make and was the best!! Thanks so much for a wonderful recipe!!!

    1. Hi Donna, you’re so welcome! Happy to have been able to help you out in a pinch! Take care! – Meggan

  3. I realized we were out of Cajun seasoning while making dinner. Super easy to make and delicious. I only added a pinch of cayenne because I’m not a huge spice person. Very flavorful!5 stars

  4. Thank you for providing the ingredients for Cajun seasoning! I only needed a small amount for a recipe of shrimp gumbo that I wanted to make on a snowy winter day, so simply used 1/4 teaspoon for each tablespoon of ingredient in the recipe and ended up the perfect amount for the recipe with only a small amount of extra to be sprinkled on for anyone who wanted additional seasoning.5 stars

  5. I live in Mexico now, from north Carolina it’s hard to find Cajun seasoning here thanks for the recipe I look forward to trying it

  6. Love this recipe and breaks it down so it’s so easy and less stressful. They have it all laid out for you all you really have to do it just enjoy it because it’s like authentic fried green tomatoes remumoled sauce. Thank you so much for sharing this5 stars

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