Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Homemade Cajun Seasoning is a tasty, versatile blend that is made of common spices you probably already have on hand! Great on meats, pasta, and veggies.

One of the easiest ways to change up your daily dinner menu is through the careful yet rigorous use of spices. And/or spice blends.

Homemade Cajun Seasoning - a photo of 7 piles of spices on a white plate on a dark wooden background - click photo for full written recipe

There are plenty of pre-made blends to buy at the store, but making your own is as easy to shaking up the contents of your spice cabinet in a jar.

Before you go rogue on spice blending, though, I’d love to recommend my easy and flavorful Homemade Cajun Seasoning recipe. It’s made from common, ordinary spices that you probably already have on hand. It’s extremely versatile, too, and a key component in the Cajun Chicken Alfredo I’m posting tomorrow.


Homemade Cajun Seasoning - a photo of cajun seasoning falling out of a clear jar onto a dark countertop - click photo for full written recipe

This Cajun spice blend is great on grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or anywhere you have rich and creamy ingredients (alfredo sauce, cream cheese dip). It’s spicy without being too hot (you can always adjust the amount of cayenne pepper) and full of flavor.

But nothing crazy! No Chinese Five Spice Powder, no allspice, no juniper berries, no fennel seeds. Just ordinary spices like garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and paprika, and Italian seasoning (make your own Italian seasoning if you want!)

Make a batch and keep it on hand at room temperature for at least 6 months. Or however long you keep your spices around… which might be 10 years if you’re certain family members of mine who shall remain nameless!

A photo of a white plate with piles of the ingredients for Homemade Cajun Seasoning: garlic powder, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, black pepper, cayenne, thyme, and onion powder.
5 from 4 votes

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Homemade Cajun Seasoning is a tasty, versatile blend that is made of common spices you probably already have on hand! Great on meats, pasta, and vegetables.

Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 144 servings
Calories 1 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder


  1. In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Or, combine in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake to combine. Store covered at room temperature.

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  1. This is a great spice blend! I added a little more cayenne, to give it a little more love. This is a must have for my pantry.

  2. The nutritional facts are insane!!!! I’m hoping that they’re incorrect.
    Nutrition Facts
    Serves 1
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 179
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 3.7g 6%
    Cholesterol 0g 0%
    Sodium 13986.2mg 583%
    Total Carbohydrate 39.5g 13%
    Sugars 3.1g
    Protein 7.9g 16%

    • Hi Zacha! YES! They are incorrect, they are showing the total information for the entire amount made. I will have to split it out into something more reasonable, it’s just hard to say what a serving is of this stuff. But yes. This is WRONG! Sorry about that. I will decide on a serving (1 tsp or whatever) and show what it is. So sorry about that!

    • Hi Zacha, I fixed the nutrition label. One serving is 1/4 teaspoon, here’s the new info. Thanks for pointing this out!
      Serving Size 1/4 teaspoon
      Serves 144
      Amount Per Serving
      Calories 1
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat 0g 0%
      Cholesterol 0g 0%
      Sodium 97.1mg 4%
      Total Carbohydrate 0.3g 0%
      Sugars 0g
      Protein 0.1g 0%

  3. Oh no I don’t know If i put one or two Tablespoons of salt in unsure how to fix this can I add more at end and it will be ok ?

    • Hi Tiffany! Such a bummer! You can definitely add more at the end, or maybe you can find a way to sample how salty the blend is that you made. One idea you could try, if you wanted, would be to stir a small amount of the seasoning in to a small amount of olive oil and try dipping bread in to it. That will give you an idea of how salty it is. You could also assume it is VERY salty and just use a little bit on your meat or whatever you’re doing, and then add more salt once it’s cooked, just adding however much you want to the finished dish. Good luck!

  4. Excellent recipe! Threw it together to add to some homemade jambalaya, and it turned out amazing. Made a few modifications (including an accidental extra spoonful of onion powder, oops!) but I’ll definitely have to make this again!

  5. I follow keto and after seeing that my Cajun seasoning had maltodextrin in it I needed to make my own. This worked perfectly in the gumbo I made tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks for the recipe! I’m I’m allergic to onions & such so it is hard to get anything prepared. Plus I like to mix things myself. Thanks again

  7. But what goes into the ITALIAN seasoning??!!

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