Cajun seasoning is easy to make and tastes better than store-bought blends. When you make your own spice blends, you have control over the flavours. You can easily customize it for your own signature blend by adding more of one or less of another ingredient. This Cajun spice recipe is made with ingredients that you probably already have in your spice cupboard, so you can make just enough for your recipe, or you can make extra to have on hand.
Why Make Your Own Cajun Spice Blend?
You can buy Cajun pre-made spice blends, but there is a lot of variation among the different brands. You never know exactly what you're getting. If you have a favourite, though, you can try to duplicate it. That's what I did here, after many adjustments. I ended up with one very close. But minus the sugar and MSG, along with a few other ingredients I couldn't pronounce.
I'm only using a quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne, so add more if you want more heat, but don't leave it out, as it is the key ingredient for a Cajun spice blend.
Acadians to Cajuns
I love the History of Acadians or Cajuns, who started out in what was Nova Scotia Canada, (Acadians) and were exiled by the British, ending up in Louisiana. The climate change was dramatic, forcing the people to adapt their cooking to new ingredients. Cajun seasoning, with its use of peppers, particularly cayenne, is the delicious result.
Cajun seasoning is versatile. You can use it as a rub for chicken or fish, stir some into mayonnaise for a spread, or make a dip using Greek yogurt. I like to add a pinch to some olive oil and vinegar to dress up a salad.
Cajun Seasoning – Easy Cajun Spice Blend
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste and adjust, if desired. Store in an airtight container.