Homemade recipe for blackening seasoning is perfect on chicken, fish or your favorite meats!

Making blackened seasoning at home with ingredients right from the spice cabinet means you can control the heat and spice levels to your liking.

Blackened Seasoning in a glass jar with spoon

What is Blackened Seasoning?

Blackening seasoning is a savory combination of spices, dried herbs, salt and pepper that’s rubbed directly on meat (and blackened fish). The seasonings cook into the brown sugar, creating a sweet and savory coating that is absolutely next level delicious!

Blackening seasoning also tastes good on roasted potatoes or mixed into mayo for a savory spread for burgers, wraps, and sandwiches!


SPICES Cumin, paprika, onion, garlic, and chili powder all add to the flavor of this seasoning.

SUGAR Brown sugar caramelizes with spices to create a ‘blackened’ look.

Feel free to create your own special signature blend! The spice mix can be switched up by changing the ingredients or amounts! Want some more heat? Add cayenne powder! Prefer it a little milder? Omit the chili powder and skip the cayenne.

Blackened Seasoning in a wooden bowl

How to Make Blackened Seasoning

This spice blend is super easy to mix up, and can keep on the shelf for up to 6 months!

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Store blackening seasoning in a spice jar or mason jar.

How To Use Blackening Seasoning

  • For any kind of meat, pat it dry with a paper towel so the seasoning will stick. Coat the meat thoroughly and evenly before baking, roasting, grilling, or pan-frying.
  • Use to season Tilapia or Salmon, or on roasted root vegetables!
  • Perfect baked potatoes would taste great with blackened seasoning!

Blackened Seasoning mixed in a wooden bowl

Tips for Storing Spices

  • Spices don’t last forever and most will lose their potency after about 6 months.
  • Each spice has a different expiration date, but to keep spices at their peak freshness, leave them in their original containers and keep them in a cupboard away from direct light or extreme temperatures.

More Homemade Spice Blends

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Blackened Seasoning

Blackened Seasoning is used on fish, chicken or veggies to create a delicious , flavorful crust!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 teaspoons
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  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder optional


  • Combine spices and brown sugar in a small bowl.
  • Store in a small sealed container up to 6 months.


For extra heat, increase the cayenne powder to taste.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 8 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 412IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Pantry, Seasonings, Spices
Cuisine American
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  1. Great stuff… you’re right a lot better than store bought. Used it to make blackened haddock tonight, my wife raved over it!5 stars

  2. I was in a pinch one night with a HUNGRY teenage son. His request, tilapia. So I goggled. The blackened seasoning was so easy to make because I had all the simple ingredients already on hand. My son loved it. I also liked the tip of making extra to store. I’m glad I found Spending with Pennies. Hats off to the chef.5 stars