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19 March 2021

Use this homemade Cajun seasoning recipe to make your own blend from scratch, with your own preferred ingredients, with an ingredient chart that you can refer to for commonly used ingredients.

My very favorite seasoning blend in the world is a good Cajun seasoning. If you scroll through the recipes on this site, as well as thumb through the several cookbooks I’ve written, you’ll find “Cajun Seasonings” in the ingredients quite often.

A Cajun seasoning recipe is typically a blend of specific chili powders along with garlic, onion, salt and a potential slew of other ingredients, like dried herbs and spices. That is the beauty of it, really. No two people make it exactly the same, though you WILL find many commonalities.

How to Make Cajun Seasoning Blend - Recipe

Cajun seasoning came about with southern Cajun cooking, as the Cajuns would eat a lot of game meat, including swamp critters that had some pretty tough flavor. They would highly season their food with bold ingredients, to make it more palatable.

This is why I LOVE a good Cajun blend. BOLD!

So how do you make your own Cajun seasoning at home? First…

What’s in Cajun Seasoning? Common Ingredients

After a poll of New Orleans cooks and chefs and researching numerous Cajun seasoning recipes, I’ve found the common ingredients to ALL of these recipes include the following ingredients: Paprika, Oregano, Salt and Pepper.

The next most common is Cayenne. After that we have Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Thyme, and then the ingredients start to thin out from person to person and include Cumin, Coriander, White Pepper, Basil and Celery Salt.

When I was in New Orleans, I spoke to numerous chefs and cooks about the specifics of Cajun and Creole cooking, including how to make a proper roux, as well as making Cajun and Creole seasonings. See My Foodie Trip to New Orleans to learn more about that.

These cooks and chefs invariably told me that a good Cajun seasoning includes “whatever your momma taught you”. I asked, “So there is no specific one recipe for Cajun seasoning? Some exact mixture?”

NOPE.

That isn’t to say you can toss ANYTHING in. I mean, Chinese 5 Spice is good stuff, but it really doesn’t have a home in making a Cajun seasoning blend.

One chef told me she was ready to market her own Cajun spice mixture with dried lemon peel. I don’t believe I’ve had a Cajun seasoning with lemon in it, but I’d sure give it a try.

Regardless, homemade is better than any store bought seasoning mix.

How to Make Cajun Seasoning Blend - Recipe

Even Emeril Lagasse himself lists the following ingredients for his Cajun seasoning blend on his web site:

Emeril Lagasse’s Cajun Seasoning Recipe

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

This doesn’t mean you can’t include other ingredients, such as dried lemon peel, to make your Cajun seasoning special. It’s what I call “The Secret Ingredient” factor. Do I have a secret ingredient? Sure! I’ll even tell you what it is.

Ghost Pepper Powder.

Yep. I will share my preferred Homemade Cajun Seasoning blend below, but I like to include either ghost powder or some superhot powder, such as 7 Pot Chili Powder, to bring in some extra heat.

I’ll dehydrate my own garden grown peppers, grind them down, then make my own seasoning blends, such as Cajun Seasoning. It’s the perfect spice blend. Essential for Cajun cuisine.

I’ve created a graphic that you can refer to for making your own Cajun Seasoning blend. Let’s take a look at some of the common spices.

How to Make Cajun Seasoning Blend - Recipe Chart

How to Make Cajun Seasoning – the Method

  • Measure out and combine your ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Sift them together until they are well mixed.

DONE. You now have your own Cajun Seasoning blend. Easy enough, right? 

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Experiment and Adjust. Of course use it for any recipe that calls for Cajun seasoning and adjust from there. Not enough heat? Add more cayenne pepper. Or ghost powder! Want smokiness? Add smoked paprika. Need more salt? Add it in.

How to Make Cajun Seasoning Blend - Recipe

Storing Cajun Seasoning

Keep Cajun seasoning sealed in small glass jars. I store them in a dark cupboard. It will keep your spice mix longer.

How Long Does Cajun Seasoning Last?

Cajun seasoning will say fresh for 3 months, and will then begin to lose potency. I easily keep mine for up to a year. It is better to make smaller batches as you need them, depending on how often you use them and cook with them.

Have fun making your own Cajun seasoning! The keys are, first, experiment and taste. Second: Have FUN! Repeat!

Let me know how yours turns out, and what secret ingredients makes yours stand out! I look forward to hearing from you.

— Mike Hultquist – Author of “The Spicy Dehydrator Cookbook” and “The Spicy Food Lovers’ Cookbook“.

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How to Make Cajun Seasoning Blend - Recipe

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

 

Homemade Cajun Seasoning - Recipe
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5 from 18 votes

Homemade Cajun Seasoning Recipe

Use this Cajun seasoning recipe to make your own blend from scratch with your preferred ingredients, with an ingredient chart of commonly used ingredients.
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, creole, seasoning, spices
Servings: 15
Calories: 8kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated salt
  • OPTIONAL OTHER INGREDIENTS
  • Cumin coriander, thyme, white pepper, dried basil, celery seed, dried jalapeno powder, superhot powder, smoked chili powder, etc.

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Store in airtight containers.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 48mg | Vitamin A: 605IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Mike’s Cajun Seasoning Recipe Blend

This isn’t very different from above, but I do play with the ratios and introduce a few other ingredients. I like to keep it simple and delicious.
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, creole, ghost pepper, seasonings, spices
Servings: 15
Calories: 14kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 3 tablespoons cayenne powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated salt (optional - you can omit salt and add it at the time of your recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ghost pepper powder

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Store in airtight containers.

Notes

Makes about ¾ cup.
You can easily adjust the heat by omitting the ghost powder and using a different chili powder.

Nutrition

Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1380IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.9mg

NOTE: This recipe was updated on 3/19/21 to include new information and video. It was originally published on 1/8/18.