Ah, Cajun Seasoning. It’s one of my all time favorite spice mixtures!
I love adding cajun seasoning to almost everything… from burgers and steaks, to chicken, shrimp, and even on top of popcorn!
It’s the perfect blend of flavor and spice, and adds a red colored southern swing to just about any dish (like my FAVE Slow Cooker Cajun Bean Turkey Soup Recipe).
How to make Cajun Seasoning
Cajun spice originates in the South, mainly in Louisiana. Cajun people were known to use many ingredients in their cooking, such as garlic, bell peppers, onions, celery, and bay leaves. These are all super flavorful additions to any recipe, so it is no surprise that they would create something as amazing as a Cajun spice mixture!
This is truly the best homemade cajun seasoning. Not only is it super easy to make, you will probably have all of the spices you need already in your spice cupboard! Homemade cajun seasoning tastes way better than store bought and you know that you aren’t getting any fillers or added products in your cajun spice and you can control the sodium levels!
If you have a recipe that calls for cajun seasoning, just whip some of this up quickly! It’s really as easy as tossing all of the ingredients together and adding them into a spice jar.
I love spicy food, but if you aren’t as big of a fan as me, you can easily just add half of the cayenne pepper and chili flakes in cajun seasoning. That’s one of the bonuses of making it homemade!
I like to put my cajun seasoning in a cute little jar and label it for a 6 month use by date. As long as it is stored in a cool, dry place like your spice cupboard, it should last about that long!
What is Cajun Seasoning?
Amazingness! No, but really. Cajun spice or seasoning contains super flavorful components such as garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, oregano, and thyme.
To give it its world famous kick, this DIY Cajun seasoning contains chili flakes, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, and smoky paprika!
Because of the cayenne pepper, cajun seasoning has a reddish orange tint to it, and blackens when grilled or fried on meat or veggies . It makes a great dry rub on just about any meat!
I also love adding it to this dirty rice, as it adds all of the “dirtiness” to the dish, which is actually made with white rice!
Cajun vs. Creole
If you’re wondering what the difference between cajun and creole seasoning is, the main difference is the amount of oregano or basil. Creole seasoning generally tends to have more oregano and/or basil than cajun seasoning. While the spice mixtures can differ slightly, they’re fairly similar and according to Louisiana Travel, the main difference is in the preparation of the dish as opposed to the actual spice mixture (cajun doesn’t contain tomatoes whereas creole does).
I do add a little bit of oregano to this mixture because I like the flavor and I also prefer to have one spice mixture that I can use for both instances.
If I only had one spice in my spice cupboard for the rest of my life… it would be Cajun Seasoning!
- 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon seasoning salt
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper add more if you like more heat
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
Store in an airtight container up to 6 months.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)