Cajun seasoning easily makes the top 5 list of spice blends that I consider a necessity to always have on hand. It's often called for in dishes such as dirty rice, gumbo, or jambalaya, but Cajun and Creole dishes aren't the only thing it's good for. It's a great way to spice up fish or chicken to make it a little more interesting, you can try it on french fries, corn, or any number of other dishes that could use a little kick. If you haven't tried Cajun seasoning before, then you're really missing out, it's one flexible spice blend. SPOILER ALERT! We'll be using it next month for the dirty rice recipe I'll be posting for Mardi Gras.
Now lets take a look at what spices actually make up this popular blend.
Frontier Organic: Organic paprika, organic onion, organic garlic, organic marjoram, organic thyme, organic fennel seed, organic cumin, organic cayenne
McCormick Gourmet: Garlic, Spices (Including Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Oregano, And Chili Pepper), Sea Salt, Onion, Paprika, Red And Green Bell Peppers.
Penzey's: paprika, salt, celery, sugar, garlic, black pepper, onion, oregano, red pepper, caraway, dill, turmeric, cumin, bay, mace, cardamom, basil, marjoram, rosemary, and thyme
Slap Ya Mama!:Salt, Red Pepper, Black Pepper, Garlic. No MSG
Spice Hunter: Paprika, onion, garlic, black pepper, lemon peel, chile pepper, allspice, thyme, cloves, mace, red pepper, bay leaf
You'll find a few key herbs and spices in each of the above blends, but every commercial manufacturer adds something different to make their blend stand out. Feel free to use my recipe as a jumping off point and experiment until you find your perfect combination. Even though I've been making this spice blend for years, I still continue to tweak my recipe every time I make it. I thought the inclusion of marjoram in a few of the blends was an interesting addition so I think I'll try that out the next time I need to make another batch.
Basic Cajun Seasoning Mix
makes approximately 5 servings
4 teaspoons garlic salt
2½ teaspoons smoked paprika
1¼ teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Combine garlic salt, smoked paprika, oregano, black pepper, white pepper, minced onion, cayenne pepper, basil, thyme, and optional red pepper flakes. Mix well and store in an airtight container.