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posted: 08/31/18

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This Cajun Seasoning Recipe is a delicious and easy spice mixture that is perfect for so many different recipes. There are so many cajun seasoning uses, but my favorite is this Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta! Make a small batch for one recipe or make a big batch to keep with your spices!

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Yesterday, it was the end of the day, the end of the summer, the end of my sanity . . . and I knew, in the way that mom’s know everything, that my children were about to murder each other. So I suddenly yelled out, “Everyone go outside! . . . Except you, Piper.” My older kids looked at me with a mixture of surprise and distain and said, “Why doesn’t she have to go outside too??” and I said, “Because I don’t want her to irritate you guys and you all try to kill each other.” They looked at me with the respect I deserve and said, “Oh. Right. Thanks!!”

Piper decides immediately that she will also be going outside too . . . she walks up to me so I can buckle her bike helmet and says in her tiny adorable four year old voice, “You know mom, I’m going to go outside too because I can tell you need some alone time.”

It was equal parts hilarious and so annoying.

You guys, I’m SUPER ready to really get back into recipe development for you. It’s been a long summer and I’m super ready to jump back in. I have a great recipe coming, but it needs Cajun Seasoning, and I decided that what Simple Joy needs is its own cajun seasoning recipe!

homemade cajun seasoning broken down into piles of spices

the best cajun seasoning recipe about to be mixed in a bowl

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. It adds so much great flavor to so many dishes. I have a bunch of great recipes on the blog that use Cajun Seasoning!

CAJUN SEASONING USES

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta comes together so fast! This easy chicken dinner recipe is the perfect combo of spicy and creamy!

HOW TO MAKE CAJUN SEASONING

Homemade Cajun Seasoning is so easy to make. You just need a few ingredients that you already have in your pantry!
  • 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?

Cajun 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
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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.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients, whisking well.
  • Store in an airtight container.
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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Other great spice mixes:

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Italian Seasoning

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Fajita Seasoning

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

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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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
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    • 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.

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