Homemade Creole/Cajun Seasoning

Homemade Creole/Cajun Seasoning – so easy! Only 8 ingredients – paprika, salt, garlic, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, and thyme. Can adjust salt and cayenne to your personal preference. Can make in advance, Will keep for months.

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What is Cajun Seasoning?

I get a lot of questions about Cajun and Creole seasoning. So, let’s talk about what exactly is Cajun seasoning? It is a mixture of spices used in Cajun/Creole food. It has paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, and thyme.

Are Cajun and Creole Seasoning the Same?

Both Creole and Cajun cooking terms are used interchangeably. BUT, technically, Cajun and Creole seasoning are different. Cajun seasoning typically only has garlic powder, onion, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper. Creole seasoning will add more herbs such as paprika, oregano, and thyme.

The advantage of making your own homemade Cajun/Creole seasoning is you can control the salt and heat in the seasoning mixture. Most store-bought seasonings have a lot of salt unless you can find the salt-free versions.

What is Cajun/Creole Seasoning Used For?

Homemade Creole/Cajun Seasoning is very versatile. You can use it on just about anything. Cajun/Creole seasoning is good on turkey, chicken, jambalaya, boiled peanuts, french fries, salmon, shrimp, gumbo. Anything!

Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that use Cajun seasoning:

Cajun Dirty Rice

Cajun Dirty Rice – delicious one-pot meal!! Ready in under 30 minutes! Great for Mardi Gras parties!!! Ground beef, pork…

creole seasoning in dish

Homemade Creole/Cajun Seasoning

Yield: 1 cups
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Homemade Creole/Cajun Seasoning – so easy! Only 8 ingredients – paprika, salt, garlic, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano and thyme. Can adjust salt and cayenne to your personal preference. Can make in advance, Will keep for months.

Ingredients:

  • 5 tsp paprika
  • 4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 4 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried thyme

Instructions:

  • Combine all the spices together. Store in an air-tight container.

Notes:

For authentic Cajun seasoning, omit the paprika, oregano, and thyme.
Adjust the salt and cayenne to taste.
Seasoning will keep in an air-tight container for months.

Steph

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  1. I have seen a couple of things that would be great to make for Xmas gifts. This is definitely one of them. I think my brother-in-law will be getting a jar of this seasoning in his stocking. Thanks for the recipe and great SRC post.

  2. I too like to make my own seasoning mixes. This looks yummy, and I have everything in the spice rack to make it.
    Another great SRC month.

  3. I'm really getting into creating my own seasoning mixes,, even been saving old spice jars to hold them in. I haven't done a a Cajun one yet, this one looks perfect!

  4. Thank you for your kind words – I'm happy you liked it. And I like that you also post a photo of the chicken you used it on! (Actually I would never had thought of using it just for chicken, but I will now).
    I just have to make one correction – I am not Dutch (from the Netherlands), but Danish (from Denmark) 🙂

  5. That seasoning could go a long way in my kitchen. I do a lot of cooking with a Cajun kick. Loving your choice for this months SRC.

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