Homemade Cajun Seasoning Recipe

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.

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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.

Cajun seasoning falling out of a clear jar onto a dark countertop.

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!

4.94 from 16 votes

Homemade Cajun Seasoning Recipe

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
Keyword cajun, Seasoning
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 144 servings
Calories 1kcal
  • 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
  • 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.


Calories: 1kcal


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  1. Sam

    Will make over and over. If this was a sauce, it would be awesome sauce. It’s just so yummy.5 stars

  2. Donita Tannenbaum

    Thank you. Was looking to make my own combination from my spices. Now I know what’s included.

  3. StanH

    Very tasty. I only made one modification because I’ve used it before and its great in a Cajun Spice. I reduced the amount of cayenne and replaced it with 1 tbsp of “Red Pepper Power”. Its the kind used to make Kimchi. Ya. Its asian but that spice reminds me of a dried red bell pepper and red bell pepper just fits in a Cajun spice. It doesn’t have as much heat as cayenne so if you like it a bit milder, replace all the cayenne with that. Try it if you can find it and you’ll see what I mean. I also give it a quick whirl in a spice grinder to make it a bit finer and to meld the flavors more. Yum.5 stars

  4. Greer

    Quick, easy & tasty! Thanks!5 stars

    1. Meggan

      So happy to hear you liked it! Thank you! -Meggan

  5. Saumya Agrawal

    Great receipe …my boyz just love it5 stars

  6. Barb

    I’ve been making this for months. I just love it. Just the right zing. PERFECTO! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 stars

  7. Carla

    This was really good! I used this on turkey sausage then added Jasmin rice after. I maybe used about TBS of the blend in with the rice and a TSP to sausage and cooked together. I also added a little less cyanine and a little more paprika. I was I am used to the Zatarains box blend when I make this but this was honestly better. Thanks for the recipe, it was super easy to make and it makes a lot.4 stars

  8. Patricia

    Just the right amount of heat for me. I did not have thyme, so it was omitted. I used an Italian seasoning spice blend (in a spice grinder), which has some thyme in it, though. This is a great recipe! I used it as the main seasoning in a Cajun chicken pasta dish. YUM! Thank you!5 stars

  9. Ellie L.

    Wonderful blend! I used it for some shrimp gumbo I made last week. The next time I make it, I will cut the cayenne pepper in half or third to accommodate my nephews, who are more sensitive to heat than I am. I accidentally added twice the amount of onion powder, but I love the taste of onion powder, so I might continue doing that I’m the future!5 stars

  10. Tyler Trosteud

    This recipe was great! I looked all over for premade Cajun seasoning and couldn’t find it, but had all the ingredients in my spice rack already!5 stars

    1. Meggan

      That’s great news! Thank you Tyler!

  11. Temilyn

    Awesome seasoning mix! Exactly what i was wanting. Used it to make blackened chicken Alfredo. Delicious! Made a large batch of seasoning so i can keep it on hand. Will definitely have this mix in my spice cabinet from now on.5 stars

  12. Kevin

    I just made this last night, and I have to say… it was delicious!! And plenty of left overs for some yummy lunches throughout the week.

    Thank you! :)5 stars

  13. Alson Mabilu

    Good day,

    You really feed me with good stuff. Please email me the any receipts you have. Cooking is my life.

    Thanking you in advance.

    Alson Mabilu5 stars

  14. Bernadette

    But what goes into the ITALIAN seasoning??!!

  15. Heidi Ferrell

    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 again5 stars

  16. Stephanie

    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!5 stars

  17. Will

    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 stars

  18. Tiffany

    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 ?

    1. meggan

      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!

  19. Zacha Kim

    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%

    1. meggan

      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%

    2. meggan

      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!

  20. Jana

    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.5 stars

    1. meggan

      I love blasting it with more cayenne!

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