Homemade Cajun Seasoning Recipe

Cajun seasoning is magic in a bottle. It adds that trademark blend of punch and herb flavors to Louisiana classics like Cajun-style shrimp etouff and jambalaya. But it can also spice up starchy foods, from potato salad to French fries.

I love Cajun cooking maybe too much. By the time I add enough to get the strength I want, my food is too salty. That's because salt is the first ingredient in most store-bought Cajun seasonings.

This homemade Cajun seasoning lets me control the salt. It also allows me to control the heat, so I wind up with a personal blend that adds just enough of that something to any recipe. From herbs to garlic to cayenne pepper, every ingredient in homemade Cajun seasoning adds flavor.

How does Cajun seasoning differ from Creole seasoning?

You can use this Cajun seasoning interchangeably with Creole seasoning, but while the two are similar, they are not the same. Cajun seasonings typically pack more spicy heat, while Creole seasonings emphasize dried herbs.

All of this becomes difficult because the Cajun and Creole traditions share many signature dishes, even though the dishes are distinct from each other. You'll find tomatoes used in Cajun cooking but not as much as Creole cooking. Cajun recipes are more rustic and have a bolder texture. This Cajun recipe is bold, just the way I like it!

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My Cajun Seasoning Ingredients

Cajun seasoning has tons of variation in ingredient ratios, but the basic ingredients themselves remain fairly constant. And you already have all of them in your wardrobe.

  • Paprika: Paprika adds an earthiness that grounds the flavor profile. I use sweet paprika (not the spicy stuff), which aligns with the traditional ingredients. If you like to give it a delicious but smoky (though not authentic) flavor, you can use smoked paprika.
  • Dry Herbs: Oregano and thyme appear in equal amounts. I've seen recipes that call for a touch of dried basil, but I think it detracts from the flavor of this oh-so-typical Cajun recipe.
  • Onion and Garlic Powder: Adding these dry aromatics gives the spice an almost bouillon-like aspect.
  • chili pepper: The sheer intensity of cayenne pepper makes it so you can easily adjust the amount to your heat tolerance.
  • Black paper: Ground black pepper adds liveliness and if you use freshly ground black pepper, it's also fruity. Some recipes call for ground white pepper, though this creates a musk that I don't prefer.

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