Cajun Spice Mix
This is a mildly hot Cajun spice mix you make yourself with common spices from your pantry. For those who like it hotter, add the optional crushed red pepper. Use this spice mix to make great oven Cajun hashbrowns!
This is a mildly hot Cajun spice mix you make yourself with common spices from your pantry. For those who like it hotter, add the optional crushed red pepper. Use this spice mix to make great oven Cajun hashbrowns!
This made great cajun spice. I used this to make cajun-mayo for cajun spiced burgers and made some cajun shrimp. I only used half the salt. I used the crushed red pepper flakes and we didn't consider this too hot at all. This made enough for both dishes and there is plenty left for a couple more dishes. Thanks for sharing Diamondlil, this is better than the store bought blends and I can control the salt!Read More
This made great cajun spice. I used this to make cajun-mayo for cajun spiced burgers and made some cajun shrimp. I only used half the salt. I used the crushed red pepper flakes and we didn't consider this too hot at all. This made enough for both dishes and there is plenty left for a couple more dishes. Thanks for sharing Diamondlil, this is better than the store bought blends and I can control the salt!
Super, Bobbie Jean. Prezactly what I wanted. And thanks to reviewers who cautioned about salt. I agree, this mix does not require that much salt. I may play with this a bit to suit my taste, but, I don't know that I can improve it. Just a great mix that can be used as a rub, or used after cooking. Try it.
this cajun spice is great! i used 1 tsp of salt instead of 2. i've made thisa few times now, its easy to mixup the ingredients with different spices i just keep the recipe amount of garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, cayenne and red pepper flakes. it's great on potatoes, eggs, popcorn and tofu! i will always keep this spice mix of some variation on hand!
Great cajun seasoning! However, I too cut the salt in half, and used Italian seasoning instead of oregano (because I didn't have plain oregano). I used this for the Hudson's Baked Tilapia with Dill Sauce recipe from this site (I reviewed that, too). I didn't add the red pepper flakes but I wish I had once I made it! It would have added the perfect amount of heat -- don't hesitate to use it if you like spicier cajun seasoning! I will be using this recipe a lot in the future! One of the best simple recipe I've found in a while. I'm going to end up using it on everything ;D
Yum! This recipe was easy to mix up using ingredients I already had on hand. This was my first time cooking with Cajun spice and I really liked it. I used it to make red beans and rice didn't think it was too salty, but I used all non-salt ingredients for the rest of the recipe. Next time I'd probably cut down on the salt per other reviews, because I don't think I'd miss it and it's healthier. I used the red pepper flakes and thought it was the perfect level of heat. I will definitely hang on to this recipe.
Very nice flavor! I put some on chicken wings and baked them until they were sticky. Really good stuff! I liked the fact that the ingredients were things that you would normally keep on hand; nothing fancy. Will use this spice mix alot from now on. Thank you so much!!
I mixed this up today and sprinkled a good amount on Ore-Ida's tater tots, to go with the Ruby Drive Sloppy Joes we were having for dinner. Good stuff! I served it with my homemade ranch dip, it went well together.
A great mix of spices except like others, I'll be cutting the salt in half. My boyfriend mixed it with plain breadcrumbs and coated chicken breasts in it and they were delicious except for the salt factor. We didn't add the red pepper flakes but I think we might next time for a little extra kick.
Excellent. Used for Cajun chicken Pasta from this sight and on hash browns. I will continue to use this recipe.
Great seasoning mix,I was a little unsure at first but after I used some on my ribs and broccoli I'm in love this recipe will get a lot of use in my house.
Excellent! Like others, I did cut the amount of sal in half. I left out the optional red pepper flakes as I felt the heat from the cayenne would be enough for our tastes. This was perfect for "Kickin' Chicken Salad with BBQ Ranch Dressing" from this site. Thanks for a great recipe Bobbie Jean.
Thanks for the recipe! I ran out of Cajun seasoning and didn't want to wait until I could buy it at the store, and this was excellent in the "Blackened Chicken Breasts with Creole Mustard Sauce" recipe on this site. I used less than half a teaspoon of salt, and I think next time I'll just skip it altogether since I do try to minimize my salt intake and I didn't think it was necessary in this mix. I think the heat level was great for me (I used about 1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes) - a good solid kick of spice without setting your lips aflame.
This is a welcome mix. My wife finds the commercial Cajun blends far too hot. This blend is the perfect level of heat for her and I like the flavor!
First and foremost, I recommend using less salt. And instead of table salt, use sea salt. This is a standard cajun seasoning mix, and it is normal to go heavy on the salt, but unless you only use a very small amount, I find that the salt becomes pretty dominating pretty quickly. While this is a good and fairly standard cajun seasoning mix, I frequently experiment with my own mix. I usually add some chili powder, or sometimes chipolte, habanro or even ghost pepper chili powder and also frequently add more cayenne and garlic and about 1/2 teaspoon of cumin. Sometimes I skip thyme, rosemary and red pepper flakes. Lately, in addition to thyme and oregano, I have been adding Rosemary as well which gives it a wonderful flavor! In the future, I will add Marjoram and/or Parsley but I don't currently have any to try right now.
This is great! I needed Cajun Spice, but didn't have any. I was happy to see I had all ingredients but Thyme in my pantry. (What the heck happened to my thyme,? lol) I did increase the cayenne pepper to about 1 3/4 teaspoon, but only because some spilled over. (That's what I get for measuring over the bowl... I know better!) regardless, it came out the "perfect spicy" for us, with a great kick, but not so much we couldn't taste the flavor.
I am only 13 and I am pretty proud of myself. I went with a more simple dish, I just mixed the seasoning with flour and fried chicken breasts. goes GREAT with sweet baby rays barbeque sauce! although I have to admit, it turned out pretty salty so for future references..USE 1 TEASPOON!
So i'm finally going to rate this one... I think i've used it 30 times... I now make a sandwich bag full of it to keep on hand. I do cut the salt in half because my family and I have never been too big on salt. Anyways, this recipe its awesome for those nights when you forget to plan ahead! I use this rubbed on chicken or fish. But our favorite is cajun chicken on top of salad with blue cheese dressing! Sometimes I'll also rub it on the chicken then slather with some bbq sauce for extra spicy bbq chicken. Yum. Fyi, just go ahead and quadruple this recipe, it comes in handy!
perfect spice mix - not too hot and it is very versatile. I keep it handy for whenever I want a different spice flavoring with a slight kisk. Have used it on fish, chicken and beef, depending on where I want to go! Very good!
Excellent, used it in jambalaya and as a rub for grilled meats. We like it spicy so the red pepper flakes were a must for us. I double it and keep it in a small jar so I have it on hand.
Love having a spice mix recipe readily available for when a recipe calls for something I don't have! Used this for a last minute decision to make Cajun Chicken Pasta and it saved the day. We like the heat! Thanks for the great recipe! :)
Just the average spice mix....nothing grand about it. Thanks for sharing the recipe though.
My oh my this is good. I used it to make pulled pork. The scent of it cooking made my house smell so good the entire day. Definitely a keeper.
Love it! I buy alot of my spices in bulk, so it is great to make "specialty" mixes on my own. This seasoning is great....I've never used a Cajun mix and it was great to try on a budget. My only complaint is I used it too fast! :) Thank you!
Very nice spice mix. I left the salt out as I want to be able to salt dishes individually. I will definitely make this again when I run out.
Thank you! A great way to use up my bulk spices! I mixed a couple of tablespoons of this with cornmeal and dipped my catfish in milk and then the seasoned cornmeal....what an amaing recipe! I will never buy cajun seasoning again!
Great recipe, just cut back on the salt by half and substitute Hickory Smoked Salt instead. Thanks for sharing this one Bobbie Jean, and all the help from the other posters' suggestions.
I have used this splice blend several times. It is wonderful. I added 2 TB brown sugar and used this as a rub for ribs smoked with cherry and they were fantastic.
Excellent rub. Will be keeping this on hand for the summer BBQs.
Really good and not too spicy for my kids.
This is a great mix. Like other reviews, I cut the salt in half. It was enough. I used smoked paprika which gave it the edge. It is alway in arms reach of my grill.... Beef, Pork, Chicken or Fish... It does not matter. Excellent with everything. Thank you..
The oregano overpowered the other flavors. I'd half the oregano and thyme next time. Was much to herb-y!
I call it very hot. I mixed it with lime juice and oil and marinated shrimp in it. It was a little too hot for me but great flavor. I'll just tone it down a little bit next time.
This rub was called Rustic Rub and it came from a book called Louisiana Real and Rustic by Emeril Lagasse. A take on his BAM!
THIS IS ALSO THE SAME RECIPE AS EMERILLS BAYOU BLAST CAJUN RECIPE. ITS STILL VERY GOOD THOUGH. LOVE THIS ON BAKED CHICKEN. ALSO GOOD ON GRILLED CHICKEN & SHRIMP.
Fabulous! I used the optional red pepper flakes and add 1/2 t. tumeric; then keep it in a ziploc bag. I have already used it in two other recipes on this website and they were fantastic.
This is one of my favorite spice blends. I can't believe I have reviewed it yet because I have been making this for well over 2 years. I use it in cooking and to add a different flavor to popcorn, and I spice roasted chickpeas with it. Thanks Bobbie Jean, this is a winner.
Excellent! I had everything on hand. I have to watch how much I use because my hubby doesn't like anything hot so I cut back just a little on the cayenne and omitted the red pepper flakes. I used it in a pasta dish that called for cajun spice. It was terrific!
GREAT! I'll never buy it again. So easy. And it's all common things I already had. Thank you!
I just made this to use in a Jambalaya recipe and it worked great! I made it as written except I didn't add the red pepper flakes...the cayenne was enough spice for me! This was perfect...the Jambalaya had just the right amount of heat with this spice mix! Not too spicy!
Nice essence to pan fry fish in a mix of butter and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). Try marinating a nice piece of salmon for about an hour in the fridge and then throw it on the outdoor grill on a grilling pan or cedar plank for 20 to 25 minutes.
Excellent! My husband said I should make a bucket of it and put it on everything I cook. So far I've used it on chicken and shrimp.
Nice blend. I used some in another recipe and put the rest in my spice rack. I only used half the salt, and next time I may omit the salt altogether. Usually salt is already in/on what I'm making. No need to double up. Thank you!
I love this spice mix. My dad is on a diet so we pretty much eliminated the salt from it but it's still great. I used italian seasoning instead of just oregano and thyme and did add the red pepper flakes. We used it every day. I have to make more because I miss having it around.
Wanting to make cajun potatoes on day my daughter realized we were out of the commercial jar of Cajun seasoning we had on hand. Not to be defeated by my lack of stock, I searched this sight for a spice mix. Lo and behold, this is the one for us. We had all the ingredients in the cupboard. I give it five stars just because the recipe is so easy to put together. My daughter who is learning the joy of putting ingredients together to make something better than take away was very impressed with the ease and the taste as well. Thank you, Bobbie Jean.
DELICIOUS and so easy to mix up! I omitted the pepper flakes, b/c I didn't want it too spicy, and it was perfect for us. I will be using this again and again! Thanks for sharing. :)
Very good. I used this to make blackened chicken on this site in place of the spices called for. I might cut back on the salt next time.
I am on a salt restricted diet and have had to give up many many foods. Thank you for putting this recipe up so I can leave out the salt and enjoy the flavors again.
This was really good. I used it to make cajun chicken pasta from this site (which is also really good by the way). Like others, I only used half the salt, but I will probably cut it down even more next time. I didn't use the red pepper flakes and found it had just the perfect amount of heat.
Delicious! I would use about 1/2 tsp less of oregano and thyme.
This is EXCELLENT. I used this in 'Cindy's Jambalaya' also from this site. The only thing I did different was I did not add the salt. I think it is PERFECT with out salt. I rarely use salt while cooking I wait and put it on the table... cuts down on the sodium and I personally like the flavors of the seasonings not a spoon/fork full of salt.
This is a great, easy-to-make mix, and I LOVE that it's ingredients most folks already have on hand! I add it to flour/breading mixes for pan-fried fish or chicken, sprinkle it on french fries, and mix it with butter or mayo for awesome spreads. Deeee-lish!
Lifesaver! I was making a recipe from this site that required Cajun seasoning and I was out. Rather than run to the store I used this recipe and it worked perfectly. Like other reviewers I did cut the salt in half. Thank you!!
I doubled it to have some for later. Used it on burgers, and they were awesome. Marinading some ball tips for tomorrow with the seasoning just rubbed in.
Perfect! This is my go-to cajun seasoning. I tried this recipe when I could not find a salt free version in the grocery store. I make this recipe without salt, so that I can control the amount of salt in my cajun recipes! It's great!
This recipe is my "go to" for a cajun spice. You can adjust it to your liking. It's fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!
Excellent! Went a little light on the salt because the recipe I intended to use this mix in called for some salt. I would rather have not enough salt and add some than to have too much. Wonderful mix! It's a keeper. Thanks Bobbie Jean.
Great mix for Chicken Fajitas. I cut down the salt by half and sprinkled the mix into the chicken while cooking. Much better than any packet bought Fajita mix.
I make this recipe in bulk, as is, and keep it in my spice cabinet to make Blackened Tilapia and Blackened Ribeye. I have friends who don't like fish who ask me to make my Tilapia when they come over for dinner. Thanks!!!
Delicious, and superior to the stuff at the store. control the spice and the salt content, love this recipe.
This was tassty seasoning. I will keep this around the house.
Yum! I use this over mixed with olive oil or melted butter over grilled shrimp. It is delicious! Thank you!
Good mix. We doctored it only slightly (added more salt and didn't have cayenne so we used a Turkish seasonings blend) We added the red flakes since we both like a kick. Reminds me of crawfish, so I think that's a good thing.
maybe some salt?
Made this exactly as printed. Since I had everything in stock, I didn't have to make any changes. When I make it again, I may substitute smoked paprika since I had to buy it for another recipe and haven't had much use for it since.
Very good! A lot cheaper than buying a cajun seasoning too! I had everything but onion powder... so I omitted that. I also added a teaspoon on red pepper (what can I say.... we like it hot)... yum yum yum!
This is great and flavorful. Easy to assemble and gives the right amount of kick. I use Cajun spice rarely but I have the ingredients for it on-hand. I will never buy a jar of Cajun spice again.
I make most of my own spice blends and I find that this is as good or better than any of the blends on the supermarket shelf.
This is a very good spice mix. The only changes I made were to only add 1 tsp of salt and cut down the amount of cayenne pepper to 1/4 tsp. I used this in Jambalaya, but I think it would be yummy on grilled steaks.
Excellent spice mix! I needed cajun seasoning in a recipe and didn't have any, so I made this. I didn't love that dish, but did love this blend. It's great when mixed with mayo or sour cream and then used as a dip.
Just the right amount of spice in this Cajun Spice Mix. I originally made it to use on Butternut Squash Cajun Fries from this site, but have since used it on/in many items. It is great on meats, sprinkled over potatoes and used in soups. Most of these spices can be found in your cabinet which makes this very inexpensive to make and handy to have on hand. Thanks Bobbie Jean for sharing your blend.
I made this last night to use in Maple Cajun Mahi Mahi and while I wasn't thrilled with how the fish came out, I was sold on this spice mix. I make all my own mixes and had everything needed for this. It has such bold flavors, we loved it. I did use a heavy hand with the cayenne and red pepper flakes, but we like heat. I'm planning to use it later this week in the egg wash for Crispy Fried Fish, also on this site. I can think of so many uses for this blend. It's a keeper, thanks!
It's a decent seasoning blend, I tried it out of sheer curiosity, but it doesn't have the punchI've found in Cajun blends. Working from the ingredient list above, loose the herbs, cut the paprika in half, add a teaspoon white pepper , add 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and increase the onion by half, NOW you're seasoning the Cajun way!!
Excellent! Made this to go with Cajun Chicken Pasta. Much better than store bought!
I added lemon pepper vs salt and loved it!!
This is a great cajun seasoning! Not too hot, just right! Tastes delicious on whiting and catfish!
Awesome! Didn't have the thyme and still awesome flavors. The family loved it so much they used it up within one day. Used this for the Cajun chicken pasta. Then made chicken fajitas with it and those were delicious. Only found this recipe a week and a half ago and already had to make a 4th container of this stuff.
Delicious spice blend and my go to Cajun Seasoning. Made it exactly as the recipe suggested and came out perfect.
This is awesome ! I've use it with chicken and fish. Thank you!
Great spice mix!!
Pretty awesome considering I already had all the spices! I may pull back on the garlic a bit, and I substituted my homegrown dragon cayenne at 1/2 tsp instead of standard store-bought cayenne. I like more of a kick than most. I tossed it into my Mortar and ground it down to a finer powder, to get a more even flavor. Much appreciated!
Great Cajun spice! Followed many reviewers recommendations and used only 1 tsp. of salt. I also did not have any thyme so I substituted it with basil and it was still great. The addition of 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes added just the right amount of heat in addition to the cayenne pepper. I used it in a recipe found on this site - Linguine pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes! Was excellent!
This "Cajun Spice Mix" is good. Even with the hot pepper flakes, I didn't find it especially spicy relative to the spicy food that my husband and I typically eat. Thank you Bobbie Jean for sharing your recipe
Not spicy enough. I would up the cayenne and red pepper flakes next time.
I found a recipe for Cajun Chicken Skillet dinner on the internet and the recipe called for McCormick's Cajun spices. Not wanting to waste time and money driving to the store to buy a bottle I searched Allrecipes and found this recipe. It worked beautifully in the recipe. Nice and spicy but not blazing hot and I included the optional crushed red peppers. Like everyone else I cut the salt back to 1 tsp otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. Thanks so much for a great spice blend recipe. It saved both time and money today. I will always keep a bottle of this spice mix in my cabinet.
I particularly liked this recipe because it's easy, I had all the ingredients, and it is wonderful! And you can control the heat. I'll NEVER buy expensive Cajun spice mixtures again.
Just used this mix on some fried chicken livers. Great! Decided not to incude the salt,as I can always season to taste.
I agree with others, you can skip the salt. Great spice mix. tks.
It works great on homefries!
I ran to the store and bought the spices to give this a try, and it turned out very nice. I needed it to spice up some baby Lima Beans and everybody enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!
I've used this recipe twice. Once on country spare ribs and the second time on skirt steak. Wow! The meat was so juicy and succulent I couldn't stop eating. I'm saving this recipe. I used the red pepper in the mixture and even though it gives an extra little kick, it's not too much at all.
This one is a keeper! The only thing I changed was the salt content.....I used 1 tsp..... I found that adding olive oil and heating it up made a great sauce for shrimp and I saved leftovers in the fridge and used it for a baste for my BBQ steaks! Mmm mmm. Company said they were the best steaks they ever had
My son used this recipe to season some homemade french fries. We all enjoyed it and would use it again. Nice balance of flavor - would add more cayenne or use hot paprika for the next batch as we like things hot. Very nice mix - made a large batch to keep on hand.
Next time I will decrease salt or omit it completely. Great on shrimp!
Perfect for blackened chicken!
Excellent, I did use only half of the salt called for, and left out the red pepper flakes.
I used seasoning salt instead of reg salt. Made a huge difference in the flavor . thanks for the recipe
I absolutely love this recipe, but it was a little spicy for my family's palate so the next time I will omit one of the peppers.