Homemade Cajun seasoning is easy to make with common spices you probably already have on your spice rack. Don’t waste time hunting for pre-made Cajun seasoning at the grocery store again!
Homemade Cajun Seasoning
I’m a huge fan of spicy food, so Cajun seasoning is one of my go-to spice blends. Unfortunately, it can be pretty hard to find at grocery stores here in the Northeast. I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent scouring the shelves or driving from store to store hunting it down. And when I do manage to get my hands on store-bought Cajun seasoning, it isn’t always the best quality.
So I gave up and made my own!
This homemade Cajun seasoning recipe is easy to make and uses basic spices that you probably already keep on your spice rack anyway. And since you know exactly what’s in it, you can make sure it’s gluten-free or paleo if that’s important to you. You can mix up a little bit to use in one recipe, or make a whole jar full that’s ready to go whenever your next Cajun craving hits. I highly recommend using it in this Cajun turkey casserole – it’s so good!
If you love making your own seasoning blends, you should also check out this all purpose seasoning.
How to make Cajun seasoning
This recipe for Cajun seasoning is easy to make with a blend of basic herbs and spices, but it’s so good!
To make it, combine kosher salt, paprika, ancho chile powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
As written, this recipe makes a decently spicy spice mix that can also double as blackened spice for recipes like blackened chicken or Cajun shrimp.
If you prefer less spice, cut back on the cayenne pepper and add more paprika.
If you like things extra hot, you can add red pepper flakes to the mix.
To store: keep this Cajun spice blend in a spice jar with an airtight lid. It will keep in your pantry for about a year, depending on how fresh the spices you use to make it are.
What to make with Cajun seasoning
Cajun seasoning is a great way to add a kick to simply chicken, fish, or vegetables. It’s also great in recipes - use it to make Cajun chicken pasta, spice up your stuffed spaghetti squash, or make this delicious Greek yogurt remoulade.
Homemade Cajun Seasoning
- 3 Tablespoons paprika
- 2 Tablespoons ancho chile powder
- 2 Tablespoons fine kosher salt
- 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 and 1/2 Tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 Tablespoons onion powder
- 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 Tablespoon cayenne
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well.
- Store in an airtight jar for up to 1 year.