This Cajun seasoning recipe is great on shrimp, steaks, chicken, and even popcorn. This versatile homemade spice blend is a delicious balance of spicy and savory tastes, and you can adjust the spiciness based on your taste preferences.
Cajun seasoning is one of the most versatile spice mixes in your spice cabinet. I like it because it takes a simple dinner and turns it into a delicious meal with almost no effort.
I normally use my homemade Cajun seasoning recipe on chicken, but it’s also good on hamburgers, steaks, or shrimp. My husband even puts it on popcorn.
Cajun seasoning comes from the south, specifically Louisiana. This Cajun spice mix is a tribute to their cooking, but it has ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
HOMEMADE CAJUN SEASONING RECIPE INGREDIENTS
I prefer to make my own seasoning mixes like my ranch seasoning, chili seasoning, fajita seasoning and taco seasoning. I buy my herbs and spices in bulk at an Amish bulk food store, so I save a lot of money when I make my own seasonings. (Of course, you can also grow your own herbs, too.)
Making my own seasoning mixes also lets me control the ingredients. I know that there aren’t any fillers or preservatives in my mixes, and they don’t have any questionable ingredients.
Since I make all of my own spice mixes and cook from scratch, I almost always have the ingredients in my cupboard. For example, if I want to make Cajun shrimp, I can quickly make more Cajun spice mix from the herbs in my cupboard.
I don’t think this homemade Cajun seasoning recipe is hot, but it does have some kick. If you want it milder, use less cayenne and less red pepper flakes.
NOTE: If you’re a true foodie, then you may consider this more of a Creole seasoning than a Cajun seasoning because of the oregano. Cajun seasoning usually has oregano, while Cajun seasoning does not. However, it really gives it a lot of flavor to this Cajun spice recipe, so I like to make it with oregano.
Cajun Seasoning Recipe
- Simply mix all of the ingredients together and store in a small mason jar.
- This should keep for 6 months, so label it to use six months from when you made it.
HOW TO USE MY CAJUN SEASONING RECIPE
Here are some tips for using the cajun seasoning recipe:
- I usually add my Cajun spice mix while grilling or baking meats. It turns almost black when you cook it.
- Mix it with some olive oil to brush over salmon or other meat before you grill it.
- This also makes a great dry rub for ribs or chicken. I rub it on the raw meat before cooking and then grill it. I either eat it like that or add some BBQ sauce.
- Try sprinkling some Cajun spice mix on popcorn for a little extra kick. It’s also great sprinkled on french fries after you bake them.
- Mix with ranch salad dressing for a unique salad dressing.
- Dip vegetables or crackers in a dip made with cream cheese or nonfat Greek yogurt and this homemade Cajun spice recipe.
What is your favorite way to use Cajun seasoning?
More Homemade Food Recipes:
- Greek Salad Dressing Recipe
- Homemade Italian Dressing
- Homemamde Caesar Dressing (without eggs)
- Easy Yum Yum Sauce Recipe
- Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup Recipe
Cari Dunn is homesteading on an 11.5 acre farm with her husband, three kids, 5 goats, and flock of chickens. She currently blogs at Everything Pretty where she features health and beauty tips along with DIY beauty recipes.