Last Updated on February 14, 2023 by Carne Diem
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This homemade Cajun spice mix is the only Cajun style seasoning you will ever need. Use it as a blackening seasoning for shrimp, seafood, or for chicken dishes like our Blackened Chicken a la Mer or Asiago Cream Nachos with Blackened Chicken and Chorizo.
How to Make Your Own Cajun Seasoning Mix
This DIY Cajun seasoning is super easy to make and very shelf stable, so you can make an extra-large batch to use for all of your favorite Cajun and Creole dishes. To make the homemade Creole seasoning you will need paprika, salt, garlic powder black pepper, onion powder, cayenne, oregano, thyme, fennel, and lavender or herbes de provence. Most of the ingredients are already in most spice cabinets, so you won't even need to go to the store. Add in the fact that making your own rubs and seasonings is significantly cheaper than buying store bought rubs, and this homemade Cajun spice mix is a double winner.
Be sure to check out more of the best Cajun and creole recipes to make at home:
- Cast Iron New Orleans Barbeque Shrimp
- New Orleans Style Chargrilled Oysters
- Cheesy Jalapeno Grits
- Cajun Crawfish Po' Boy
- Chicken and Smoked Sausage Jambalaya
- Grilled Muffaletta: New Orleans Deli Sandwich
How Long Does Homemade Creole Seasoning Last?
The Creole spice mix will keep for about 6 months, or even longer in a clean dry, container. The seasoning mix will still be ok to use after this time, but dried spices and herbs begin to lose their potency after time, so a fresh spice mix made with new herbs and seasonings is going to taste better.
Is the DIY Cajun Seasoning Spicy?
This homemade Cajun seasoning recipe is full of flavor but not overly spicy. If you want a bit more spice in the seasoning mix, then increase the amount of cayenne pepper in the recipe.
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The Best DIY Cajun Seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried fennel
- ½ teaspoon lavender or herbes de Provence
- Combine the herbs and spices and mix well to combine.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place until ready to use.