Homemade Cajun Seasoning recipe - that you MUST make and store in your kitchen. This can be stored for up to 1 year.
Everyone loves Cajun Recipes . But do you know what's the secret behind every great Cajun dish?
It's Cajun seasoning! And with our help, you can make this seasoning right at your home's kitchen!
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- 👀What is Cajun seasoning?
- 🥘What is Cajun Seasoning made of?
- 🥣How to make Cajun Seasoning?
- 📖Cajun Seasoning Variations
- 🤔Is this Cajun Seasoning Vegan and Gluten free?
- 🧂How to Store Cajun Seasoning?
- 🤞Top Tips To Make the Best Cajun Seasoning
- 🔖What can I use my Cajun seasoning for?
- Cajun Seasoning Recipe
👀What is Cajun seasoning?
To understand Cajun seasoning you first need to know about Cajun cuisine.
It was developed by the Acadians and originated from Louisiana all the way back in the 1800s.
It features seafood, poultry and pork heavily along with local vegetables.
But the actual backbone of every Cajun recipe is its seasoning, which is known as Cajun seasoning.
Unlike what many believe, Cajun seasoning is not at all as spicy as most people believe.
Instead, it's a complex blend of spices that has a little bit of everything in it!
other seasonings you can make:
- Homemade Fajita Seasoning
- Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
- Homemade Old Bay Seasoning
- Ranch Seasoning Recipe
- Everything Bagel Seasoning Recipe
- Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe
- Best Homemade Blackened Seasoning Recipe
- Homemade Lemon pepper Seasoning
🥘What is Cajun Seasoning made of?
You won't be needing to do a lot of searching around to find all the necessary ingredients for making Cajun seasoning.
Your nearest store should have all the required things at very affordable rates.
The list for the ingredients isn't long either!
So get ready with your shopping basket because we're going to make some homemade Cajun seasoning!
You cannot have Cajun seasoning without paprika.
Not only will it add to the heat factor but it'll also give the seasoning a beautiful red color.
We prefer smoked paprika for its added flavor.
- Garlic powder
Garlic powder is the next best thing for your Cajun seasoning as this way you'll get a milder version of the garlic flavor we all love and enjoy.
- Freshly ground black pepper
Black pepper is a mainstay in Cajun cuisine, so it makes sense that your Cajun based seasoning should have ample amount of it.
Just make sure that it is freshly ground and not store bought for best taste.
- Ground White Pepper
I know what you are thinking. Ground White Pepper is generally used in Asian recipes.
Why are we using it in a southern seasoning recipe?
Well, for that peppery taste! It's less hot when compared to white pepper.
Just paprika alone will not be able to give your Cajun it's trademark spiciness. You'd want to include some cayenne pepper into the mix to really bring on the heat.
- Dried oregano
Oregano has a nice peppery flavor that'll add a touch of warmness to your Cajun seasoning.
- Dried thyme
You have to specifically use dried thyme and not ground thyme for this recipe. But if you end up using ground thyme then that's okay as well. Just make sure to change up it's measurement appropriately!
- Kosher salt
We prefer kosher salt compared to regular salt for its larger granules and being able to integrate great in a seasoning. This makes it a better alternative for Cajun seasoning instead of your regular table salt. But you can go for regular salt if you are not able to find any kosher salt..
🥣How to make Cajun Seasoning?
Cajun seasoning is incredibly easy to make and will hardly take more than ten minutes of your time.
You also get the added bonus of getting to control the proportions of your ingredients!
So whether you want your Cajun seasoning to be extra spicy or completely mild, it all depends on you!
1. You'll need a mixing bowl and a spoon for making this Cajun seasoning.
2. Assemble all your ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine them.
3. Keep mixing the ingredients together with your spoon until everything is even and uniform.
4. Your Cajun seasoning is ready now. Store it away carefully for future use.
📖Cajun Seasoning Variations
While the original recipe for Cajun seasoning is already very great on its own, there are plenty of variations that you can do to it as per your taste choices.
- Bringing in extra heat
If you are not satisfied with just paprika and cayenne, then you can make a small addition of ghost pepper in Cajun seasoning. It will immediately shoot up the spice levels to the level of hotness you want!
- Include more herbs
You don't have to be satisfied with just dried oregano and thyme in your Cajun seasoning. You also have the option to add in more herbs like dried basil.
- Celery salt for more Cajun flavor!
You can make your own celery salt for your Cajun seasoning. Just ground some celery seeds in your grinder and you'll get some fresh celery salt!
- Red pepper flakes
You can add red pepper flakes to for its extra heat and colour. It'll also give some more texture to your Cajun seasoning and make it less powdery in its consistency.
🤔Is this Cajun Seasoning Vegan and Gluten free?
Yes, this recipe of Cajun seasoning is completely vegan and contains zero gluten! It also has a good nutrition profile all around without any preservatives, making it safe and good for your health.
🧂How to Store Cajun Seasoning?
Cajun seasoning like any other seasoning has a long shelf life, but only if you store it properly. Otherwise it'll go bad within weeks. But don't worry since it's very easy to store and preserve Cajun seasoning for a long use!
- Use an airtight container as your choice for storage. We suggest you use an airtight glass jar/bottle and not a plastic container.
- Keep your airtight jar containing Cajun seasoning at a dry and cool space.
- Keep the Cajun seasoning away from heat and moisture as they will make your seasoning go bad faster.
- Expect your Cajun seasoning to last at least a year easily with proper storage.
🤞Top Tips To Make the Best Cajun Seasoning
You can use these following tips to make your Cajun seasoning even better!
1. Make your own adjustments!
You don't need to follow a recipe to the dot to make it perfect. Instead make your your adjustment and variations to make it perfect for your taste. That's what really matters.
2. Go for dried herbs
Ground herbs tend to have more flavours packed into it, which can overpower your Cajun seasoning. Since we can't have our Cajun seasoning taste too much like herbs, it's better you go for more mild dried herbs instead.
3. Be careful about salt!
Don't add salt all at once in your Cajun seasoning. Instead add it in small quantity at a time to make sure it doesn't get too salty. You can also taste your seasoning in between to check if the salt is right. What is a good substitute for Cajun seasoning?
If you don't have Cajun seasoning at hand then you can use other seasonings as it's substitute with a little variation.
1. Creole seasoning
just add a pinch of paprika and cayenne to bring it closer to Cajun seasoning.
While old bay seasoning is already very similar to Cajun seasoning, you can add garlic powder and cayenne pepper to make it even more identical.
🔖What can I use my Cajun seasoning for?
You can use Cajun seasoning on almost anything, but it goes particularly well with foods like shrimps, chicken and pork. It also goes well with vegetables and rice!
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Cajun Seasoning Recipe
- 2 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon ground white pepper
- ½ tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 3 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon cayenne
- 2 tablespoon garlic powder
- Combine all ingredients in a jar until evenly combined.
- store in a jar or a sealed container for 1 year.