There are several reasons you may want to make your own cajun seasoning. For one, it can be a lot cheaper to make your own mix from spices you already have in your kitchen. Personally, I also like it because I can control how hot and spicy it is. If you like it super spicy you can add more cayenne pepper, or even throw in some red pepper flakes. Any way, if you make your own cajun spice mix you can use it to add a little cajun flavor to everyday meals like chicken, burgers, etc. or use it for traditional Louisiana favorites like gumbo, red beans and rice or jambalaya.
Make Your Own Cajun Seasoning
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 1/2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to how spicy you like it)
Optional: 1/2 – 1 tsp crushed red pepper
Mix all spices together and store in an airtight container. Use in any recipe calling for cajun or creole seasoning – or add it to your own creations!
If you are making multiple spices of your own (or if you buy spices in bulk) these glass spice bottles have a shaker top built in. Perfect for storing spices and they’re inexpensive too! They also make a great gift idea for anyone who likes to cook OR for those learning to cook because seasoning mixes makes anything taste better with no effort required!
For a super easy way to fill your spice bottles, use a Silicone Mini Spice Funnel. These have a no-clog large bottom opening for fast pouring. I have tried in the past to just pour spices directly into the bottles or to use a piece of paper I have folded into a cone shape and it can be a big pain in the neck. The funnels make it a lot easier and they can be repurposed for other things in the kitchen like combining other spices or condiments.
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 2 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to how spicy you like it)
- Optional: 1/2 - 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- Mix all spices together and store in an airtight container. Use in any recipe calling for cajun or creole seasoning – or add it to your own creations!