A recipe for Homemade Cajun Seasoning! Paprika, salt, garlic, onion, herbs, and a blend of peppers are combined for quite the flavorful and versatile spice mix.
This Homemade Cajun Seasoning is such a great blend to make at home. Most of the ingredients are spices I generally already have in my pantry and it takes less than five minutes to prepare.
The spice-packed smoky mix has so many uses from a variety of Louisiana and New Orleans-based dishes such as Shrimp Étouffée to chicken, meat, fish, vegetables, and pasta. I especially love to use it as a seasoning for fries and roasted potatoes.
Simply mix together smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and white pepper until evenly distributed. The exact amount of spices and additional ingredients often vary based on family and personal tastes.
Once prepared, store the Homemade Cajun Seasoning mix in an airtight container away from sunlight. A sealable glass jar is great for keeping out moisture and preventing the spices from clumping together.
The flavors will be strongest during the first six months and can be stored for up to one year.
A Few Spice Mix Tips
For the most flavor, make sure the spices haven’t expired. Once ground, powdered spices are best within six months and will start to decrease in intensity with time.
The best part about homemade spice mixes is how easy it is to adjust the flavors based on personal taste. The ratios in this recipe are mostly just guidelines. Adjust the peppers and other spices more or less as desired.
If you find yourself with too many red peppers, you can even make your own Homemade Chili Flakes to incorporate into the spice mix.
I added a tablespoon of fine salt to the mixture to already have everything together when using. The salt can be left out and added to specific recipes as needed to control salt intake.
The ingredients can easily be doubled for a larger yield.
This recipe was originally posted in February 2016 and updated in January 2024.
Homemade Cajun Seasoning Recipe
Adapted from Kylee Cooks
Homemade Cajun Seasoning
- 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon fine kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- In a small bowl, stir together all the ingredients until evenly mixed.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature away from sunlight for up to 6 months.