Homemade Cajun Seasoning


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Homemade Cajun Seasoning is a tasty spice blend perfect for anything from pasta to shrimp boil. Easy to make with simple pantry ingredients.

This homemade spice blend is a great all-rounder: you can use it on just about anything! Goes great in our Low Country Boil Packets or on our Cajun Chicken Pasta.

Cajun seasoning in a jar with spoon

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Using the right spices can help make a bland and boring dish into a bright and vibrant one! More importantly, different seasoning and spice blends give us a chance to sample tastes from all around the world. Today, we’re trying to channel some of those Southern and Louisana flavors with our Homemade Cajun Seasoning Recipe.

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This stuff is sort of like a spicier Old Bay seasoning, if you’ve ever had that before: warm heat from paprika and cayenne plus some classic herbs like thyme and oregano. With a little bit of garlic, onion, salt, and pepper backing those up, you’ve got a great spice blend that’s good on just about anything! Throw it on some chicken or fish or toss it in with some gumbo, jambalaya, or a good shrimp boil. Whatever you throw it on, you’re gonna love it!

Cajun seasoning ingredients on a plate with text

Enjoyed this homemade seasoning recipe? Try some other spice blends next!

  • Keeping things pretty warm and spicy, we’ve got our Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe. I used to run out of taco seasoning all the time and eventually settled on this recipe for whenever I needed some in a pinch. This stuff is perfect for making your next batch of taco meat or for adding a little bit of Mexican flavor to your next dinner dish.
  • When it comes to brightening up and improving any sort of pasta or protein, I find that Italian Seasoning works wonders! This simple blend of pantry spices is certain to add plenty of depth and Italian flavor to all sorts of poulty and pork recipes. Works great in all sorts of pasta or pizza sauce recipes as well!
  • For beef or steak, few things can beat Montreal Steak Seasoning. This stuff has quickly become our go-to spice blend for steak dinners: cayenne and paprika bring some heat while coriander and dill bring freshness and depth to this seasoning mix. Season your steaks before searing or grilling or use these spices in a tasty marinade.

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What’s in Cajun Seasoning?

  • Paprika – Smoked paprika is a nice upgrade but isn’t required at all! Regular paprika will get the job done.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Cayenne – Feel free to reduce the amount if your Cajun Seasoning Blend tastes a bit too hot. On the other hand, you can also add more if you like your food spicy!
  • Oregano
  • Thyme – We recommend using dried spices for the thyme and oregano. This will make your Cajun Mix more shelf stable and let you keep it in the cupboard.
  • Salt
  • Pepper – Freshly cracked, if you can. Long-term, there won’t be too much of a taste difference between freshly cracked and pre-ground black pepper, so use pre-ground if that’s what you have.

Cajun Seasoning ingredients

How to make Cajun Seasoning

Making our Cajun Spice Mix couldn’t be much easier. Here’s all you have to do:
  1. Measure out ingredients and freshly crack black pepper is using fresh.
  2. Combine ingredients and shake or whisk together to blend.
  3. Use in your favorite recipes or store in an air-tight container for 2-3 years.

Spices for seasoning on a plate

Really, making this Cajun Seasoning is as simple as just measuring out and blending everything together. When your spice blend is thoroughly combined, you can put it right to use in all your favorite cajun recipes! When you’re not using it, maximize its shelf life by keeping it in an air-tight container in your spice cabinet. Kept this way, it should last quite a few years. Enjoy!

Homemade Cajun Seasoning in a jar with a spoon

3 from 2 votes

Cajun Seasoning

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Homemade Cajun Seasoning is a tasty spice blend perfect for anything from pasta to shrimp boil. Easy to make with simple pantry ingredients.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 ounces


  • 3 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp Thyme


  • Combine ingredients and shake or whisk together to blend.
  • Use in your favorite recipes or store in an air-tight container for 2-3 years.


Calories: 24kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2329mg, Potassium: 111mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 545IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Jen, this is a great blend of spices and has just the right amount of heat! Thank you for sharing this with us!