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Cajun Seasoning Recipe

4.67 from 3 votes

posted: 04/21/21

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This Cajun Seasoning Recipe is a delicious and easy spice mixture that is perfect for dozens of recipes! Make a little bit for one recipe or a big batch to keep with your spices.

the best cajun seasoning recipe in a mason jar being spooned out

Homemade Cajun Seasoning is easy to make and adds zesty flavor to so many recipes! Sure, you can find a similar seasoning at the store, but you can make your own for much cheaper. Plus you can make as much or as little as you like. Simply toss in a little or a lot and you have the perfect seasoning to add to chicken, pasta, fish or tons of other recipes!

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What is Cajun Seasoning?

Cajun seasoning is a spice mix that you can buy in the spice aisle at your local grocery store and is typically a mixture of a few easy to find spices . . . which is why we are making our own, baby. It starts with paprika and is a little spicy, a little smoky, and a lot delicious.

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Cajun Seasoning Uses

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How to Make Cajun Seasoning

Here’s all you need to create the perfect Cajun spices:

  • Paprika
  • Kosher Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
homemade cajun seasoning broken down by spices on a baking sheet and labeled

How Long Will My Cajun Seasoning Last?

That depends on how fresh your spices are that you are starting with. Since dried herbs go bad first, it is most important that your thyme and oregano are the youngest. Assuming that your herbs are recently dried, your Cajun Seasoning will last for a year in an air tight container kept in a dry cool place, like a mason jar in your cupboard.

Is Cajun Seasoning Spicy?

This seasoning does have a little bit of a kick to it. I like this recipe just as it is, and my family does as well. If you are very sensitive to spice you can cut the cayenne pepper in half and leave out the red pepper flakes.

If you love your dishes spicy, you can add more cayenne pepper. One of the things I love most about homemade seasoning mixes is that they can be adjusted.

overhead view of cajun seasoning recipe in a mason jar
the best cajun seasoning recipe in a mason jar being spooned out
4.67 from 3 votes

Cajun Seasoning Recipe

Serves: 1 ounce
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This Cajun Seasoning Recipe is a delicious and easy spice mixture that is perfect for so many different recipes. Make a small batch for one recipe or make a big batch to keep with your spices.


Large Batch

  • 1/3 cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Small Batch

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • dash of cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
  • pinch of red pepper flakes


  • Combine all the ingredients, whisking well.
  • Store in an airtight container.


  1. If this seasoning mix is made with fresh spices, it can be stored in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 1 year.
  2. Please see the post for a list of recipes in which this great seasoning mix can be used.
Serving: 1ounce Calories: 38kcal (2%) Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 1g (2%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 1688mg (73%) Potassium: 222mg (6%) Fiber: 4g (17%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 3400IU (68%) Vitamin C: 1.7mg (2%) Calcium: 50mg (5%) Iron: 2.5mg (14%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


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  1. Joanne Sonnenberg says

    4 stars
    So glad you posted dry seasoning recipes. I love to use home made spice mixes to store bought ones. Would love to have a ranch dip mix.

  2. Debbie says

    Spice rub sounds yummy. I
    Plan to make th

    • Debta Allen says

      No comment, but I love your dishes you prepare..????

      • Lisa Longley says

        Thank you!

  3. Sherie Rowe says

    I use cajun seasoning on my fried chicken and this one sounds perfect. I also can’t wait to try the Cajun Chicken Penne! It sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Brenda says

    5 stars
    Thank for spices recipes…
    Very helpful….

    • Lisa Longley says

      You’re welcome!

  5. Carol says

    Hi, Joanne, I made your cheeseburger casserole tonight. It was delicious, it went over very well with the guys. I even changed it up a bit by using Whole Grain Pasta. My question to you is, when I make the homemade spices like Cajun and Taco Spice, how much do I use for cooking?

    Thank You

    • Lisa Longley says

      Usually, the recipe will indicate. If it is a recipe that says a 1 ounce packet of Taco Seasoning, you will want 3 tablespoons of mine. If it doesn’t say either way, I would start with 1 tablespoons and work up from there.

  6. Cara Patterson says

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe. My husband loves smoked everything, so I substituted smoked paprika for the paprika and chipotle for the cayenne. I also omitted the salt as a personal choice. It was a big hit!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it, Cara!

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