Homemade Cajun seasoning is so easy to make and you’ll have crave-worthy Cajun dishes on your plate in no time. Why buy store-bought seasoning when you can make your own with ingredients you probably already have.
I try to make my own seasoning every chance I get just like peri-peri sauce which doubles as a dip. Making homemade Cajun seasoning gives me peace of mind knowing that it’s free of preservatives or unknown spices. Making this seasoning at home is also economical and you can tweak it how you want it.
What is Cajun cuisine?
This style of cooking originated and was developed by French speaking Cajun-Acadians who were deported from Canada to Louisiana. Also called rustic cuisine because the Acadians made use of locally available ingredients in their new home. They adopted their cooking techniques by incorporating French, Spanish and West-African cooking.
Where can I use this seasoning with?
Seafood Cajun – Mix in a couple of spoonful Cajun seasoning after sautéing garlic in butter for a truly tasty seafood medley with corn cobs.
French Fries – Toss in with your fried or baked fries and turn them into tasty movie snacks.
Pork chops – Rub seasoning on both sides of pork chops and fry in butter. Don’t limit yourself to Cajun pork chops, you can also use it to season baked chicken.
Is it different from old bay seasoning and creole?
Cajun seasoning has fewer ingredients than old bay and it’s more on the spicy side. Old bay seasoning includes bay leaf, cloves, mace etc. and has milder flavor compared to cajun.
Creole seasoning on the other hand is almost the same as old bay but does not include cardamom and mace. You can swap old bay and creole without any problem.
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Thai Green Curry Paste is perfect for adding to curries, sauces, and salad dressings. It’s amazingly flavorful, zesty, aromatic and of course, you can make it as spicy as you want.
Sesame Salad Dressing is perfect any time you need an all-purpose dressing. Drizzle it over any salad especially with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers! A perfect condiment that you can make at home!
Homemade Cajun Seasoning
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tsp ground white pepper
- 2 tbsp salt (fine)
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp chili flakes
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until fully incorporated.
- Transfer in a airtight jar with lid. You can use immediately or store up to a year.