Blackened Seasoning Mix
This blackened seasoning recipe uses just eight ingredients to make a homemade, salt-free Cajun seasoning mix.
This blackened seasoning recipe uses just eight ingredients to make a homemade, salt-free Cajun seasoning mix.
Over the years I have tried a number of Cajun/blackening seasonings and some time ago settled on one that Hubs and I both love and have used exclusively since - until now. We also agree that THIS seasoning mix is even better. Always mindful of Hubs' sensitive innards I reduced the cayenne by half, leaving all else the same. We used it to blacken grouper in a cast iron pan on our outdoor grill - just out of this world. All the seasonings blend cooperatively with each other to create a whole new taste - in other words, no one spice stands out. And for us, cutting the cayenne by half was just right. Great recipe.Read More
I thought it was just OK. I put it on a piece of Talapia and some shrimp. In my opinion, the taste of the oregano is too strong for my taste. The wife didn't like it either. The only changes I made were I added a tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of celery seeds. I saw them in the ingredients list of Chef Pauls ($5.00) small bottle of 'Redfish Magic'. So, why not! The heat level was good.Read More
Over the years I have tried a number of Cajun/blackening seasonings and some time ago settled on one that Hubs and I both love and have used exclusively since - until now. We also agree that THIS seasoning mix is even better. Always mindful of Hubs' sensitive innards I reduced the cayenne by half, leaving all else the same. We used it to blacken grouper in a cast iron pan on our outdoor grill - just out of this world. All the seasonings blend cooperatively with each other to create a whole new taste - in other words, no one spice stands out. And for us, cutting the cayenne by half was just right. Great recipe.
this is great on everything. Rub it on ribs, sprinkle on chicken in the crockpot, stew, elk meat, etc. So much potential. Put in jars and shakers and gave it as a gift to the guys at Christmas!
Wonderful! And its salt-free~ Hubby rubbed this on our grilled chicken breasts about an hour before grilling. I'd better go to Costco to get the restaurant-size containers of the spices because I will be making this by the bucket! Thank you!!
I thought it was just OK. I put it on a piece of Talapia and some shrimp. In my opinion, the taste of the oregano is too strong for my taste. The wife didn't like it either. The only changes I made were I added a tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of celery seeds. I saw them in the ingredients list of Chef Pauls ($5.00) small bottle of 'Redfish Magic'. So, why not! The heat level was good.
Awesome. I used it on salmon last night and now I'm having it on scallops. Just sqeeze a little lime on to cut thruogh the heat and YUM!
This was perfect for my leftover Prime Rib. I made blackened Prime Rib sandwiches with my leftover pieces of meat. I buttered one side of the Prime Rib, diped both sides in the rub, heated my iron skillet for 10 minutes on High, and blackened the meat buttered-side first for about a minute and then flipped it over. Of course, my kitchen filled up with smoke, but a quick blast with the attic fan took care of that. I cut a baguette in half lengthwise, then into thirds (for 3 sandwiches), toasted each one, added some provolone cheese, sauteed onions and italian dressing. Mmmm.
Excellent! Used it for seasoning "Pan-Seared Tilapia" from this site. It was perfect for that dish. I will definitely make this again!
We were looking for a good blackened seasoning recipe and this was good. Not as spicy as we were looking for, but we made some kicked up dipping sauce to go with the meat we were putting this rub on. Next time, we will be adding a little more spice, but not salty as we have found wih other receipes.
This is pretty good but I have to agree with the person who said it had an overpowering amount of Oregano. Next time I make it I'll use 1/2 tsp. Oregano instead of 1 tsp. I whirled this mixture in my mini processor until the herbs were finely ground and everything was well mixed.
Very good seasoning. I made this to use on top of some cod, and it was very good. I'm not a big fish eater, but this definitely helped! This one is going in the recipe box. Thanks!
This was perfect! I decided last minute I wanted blackened chicken tacos and was able to whip this up in a heart beat. I subbed Mrs. Dash salt free italian seasonings for the thyme since I didn't have any. It came out great :)
I love this mix. I have been putting it on my fish. So far i tried it with trout, salmon and talapia, and I just smeared a little butter on then added the spices and baked it at 400 until it was done (about 20 or 30 minutes depending on the type of fish). I like the trout the best. I did cut the cayenne in half because not everyone can handle that much heat and I did add a little salt but not actually in the mix.
This is a great blackening recipe. I have made it a few times and it is super easy to make with mostly ingredients that I always have on hand. I do have an 8 year old who it is too spicy for so if you might need to omit the cayenne for those with sensitive tastebuds.
Yay! This was perfect. Thank you.
Wow!!! Soooooo good.....So far Ive used it on pork chops and beef jerky. Its so yummy,this recipe is a keeper.
Excellent. This has been added to the list of premixed spice blends to always have on hand.
Nice flavor, but definitely lacking in heat, even with 2 tsp of cayenne, when I tried it on blackened tuna steak. I added two more tsp of cayenne to the remaining blackening spice. We'll see how that works next time I use it.
Delicious as is. I made this in a huge batch to give as gifts for Christmas. I think if I made it again, which I probably will, I'll add just a TOUCH of sugar, just to take the abrupt edge off, but the spice is perfect, if you ask me. :)
A huge hit with my family. This is the best blackened seasoning recipe. Will definitely make again.
An excellent salt-free seasoning.
Good. It was almost too hot for us, so I will probably cut back on the cayenne pepper next time. I used this on chicken breasts.
Great rub recipe. Nice not to have all the sodium that others have in them.
This stuff is fantastic! I love that there is no salt, so you can load on lots without over-salting your food. Have used it on fish, shrimp and chicken. Everyone loves it. - thanks for the recipe!
Very nice. I needed this for Rasta Pasta, and I didn't want to buy it (waaay too many spices in my kitchen already!) so this was the perfect sub. It's also great that when you make spice mixes yourself, you can make exactly enough. I loved the Rasta Pasta, and I definitely think this mix was key to that. Thanks for the recipe!
Will use again and again as written. Didn't change a thing. Thanks for sharing
Very good, very hot!!
way too hot!! good flavor though, next time with cut back on cayenne for sure. don't want to ruin another dinner.
I make a big batch. Goes great on everything...fish, beef, chicken, etc
I usually omit salt from recipes anyways, but love that salt wasn't even on the list. I did not have onion powder, but thought it turned out great anyways. The recipe made more than I needed (put it in a sirloin stir fry), so I had extra to use for later.
Its ok but not a do over.
HURRAY!! At last! A recipe I cannot improve on. Perfecto for blackening anything from tofu to asparagus. I don't eat meat, but a friend made blackened hamburgers and assures me it's the best. Not pricy and NO SALT.
I love to have this on my salmon fillets. I melt a little butter and spread it on the salmon. Sprinkle a little seasoning salt, then sprinkle the blackened seasoning. Bake at 375 for 15-17 mins depending on the size of the fillets. Delicious!
Good. Might try a different one. Didn't find this one to "pop" with flavor.
This was Great and easy. Thank you
This worked perfectly for what I needed it for.
Tried this on salmon tonight, lacked any flavor or spice. No way would I try this again. When I want a blackened season I want some spice and flavor this had nothing.
Thanks so much for posting this recipe! It's great to have some salt free mixes!
Very good flavor, nice heat. Used rub on chicken breast and squeezed some fresh lemon juice while the chicken was grillin'. I am going to make a big jar of this to have handy. Thank You!
This was so good! I try to cook with the least amount of salt possible, so I love that there was no extra salt in this seasoning. I also love that I had everything in my cupboard already so I didn't have to go buy another mix! Thank you!
I added 1 Tablespoon of sugar.
Tried it this way first time then I tweaked it a little. If you do the same amount of pepper but half blackvand half white, than double the salt so it's a 2-1 ratio(2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper) you have a very flavorful true to style blackening seasoning. Very good on pork, steaks, chicken and mild fish like grouper, trout and tilapia.
Even with out the paprika this was awesome :) Happy husband = Happy wife.
I've tried many blackening seasonings and all were ok but none what I would call great. This one was easy to prepare ()less than 10 minutes) and the best balance of heat and flavor of any of the seasonings I've tried. I made it exactly by the recipe.
This is a tasty Blackened Seasoning, with no need for salt. AWESOME!
Excellent blend of spices. Really added to my blacked fish dish. Even made extra for the next recipe that calls for it.
Excellent!! I do not like overly spicy, but I do appreciate a good "kick" and this is the perfect recipe for that. I used it on basa fillet and my family loved it.
I initially made this exactly as is and it was fabulous. Subsequently I altered it slightly adding seasonings I prefer in Greater amounts. I have since filled an empty oregano container with this mix. I chose it because the seasoning mix needs the larger holes. you will never go back to store-bought after this.
My whole family loves this. So easy. I always keep some on hand in an old oregano dispenser and we use it on chicken and fish and it really gives it that little something extra
I've never tried blackened anything, so I don't have any prior experiences to compare this to. Regardless, we liked the flavor exactly as written. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
It's okay.... needs salt for sure. Wasn't super flavorful like one that we made previously. Add salt and it's much better.
Loved it! Tweaked a little to my personal tastes.
I love it! Double the recipe and have it in a jar. It’s great on salmon and tofu. I recently made some and gave it to my parents. They think it’s great too.
I used onion salt instead of powder and added more garlic powder...made it awesome!
My husband said it was really good.
I made this and read the reviews afterward. It was pretty spicy but very good. I’d cut the cayenne by about a third next time.
I didn't put very much oregano in it because I was out. I don't think I would want the full amount of oregano in it. It was very good!
Excellent blend of spices and herbs that produces authentic blackened flavors! Next time I’ll be adding salt to the mix as I felt it lacked salt.
I made it almost exactly as listed, except I used less oregano. Other than that, It really was good!
Have used exclusively for blackening chicken and fish since I found this recipe without any changes. Outstanding seasoning.
This is a great blend. I just figured out that I have been wasting a lot of money buying blends. This taught me that I can google anything and get the details of most any blend out there.
I made this blacken seasoning mix, I had every thing I needed in my spice cabinet. We used it on Ribeyes , they were awesome.
Delicious!!! I used it to season Swai fillets before I floured and pan-seared them. They were just right, in my opinion. Thanks a bunch for posting this seasoning mix. Oh, and I added 1 tsp of salt to a half batch. That was the only "change" I made.
Thank you! I won’t be buying it anymore. The stuff in the can has ridiculously high amounts of sodium and this tastes just as good.
Exactly what I was looking for! I've been using Zatarain's Blackened Seasoning. The problem is I like "spicy" so I sprinkle on a generous amount and then it's too salty. Wish they would come out with a reduced sodium version. Until then I'll be using this recipe since I have all the spices available.
Pretty good and spicy. I used half of the salt and still found it salty (I am just not a salt-loving person, lol). This recipe filled 3/4 of a standard spice jar.
VERY good seasoning -- used it on chicken.
Made this and store it in large batches. By far, my favorite mix. Flavorful without salt. That way I can add the amount of salt that’s needed.
Great, however I placed the seasoning in an iron skillet put it on the grill and heated it until it was blackening then threw green beans raw on it. Oh, it was so good.
Very good blend. Love that it is no salt added so I can adjust how I want. I use "Redfish magic" on one side of the fish fillets and this on the other for blackened flavor that's not overwhelmed by salt. Just add a tsp. of sugar for better caramelization. Thanks!
Love this mixture. I take and mix with 8 oz. of bread crumbs and use on my fresh salmon !! This is the only way I eat fish.
I loved this. I cut down the cayenne just a little for personal preferences. This was delicious and I love that it doesn’t have salt so I could just add as much as I wanted.
Was delicious.. I used a generous coating on both shrimp and salmon. The shrimp tasted just a bit spicier but maybe I was a bit more heavy handed or just that there was more spice to less volume of meat. Both were awesome. Spicy but not too much so. I'm going to make this over and over.
I made as is and the chicken I used it on was fantastic.
I made this at my husband’s request for my homemade chicken Alfredo (It turned out looking just like the pic). It made it so good! Froze the rest in a tight sealed container for later. Will try it on fish etc.
turned out very nice. I used this to make blackened fish tacos, I've also used it for blackened shrimp salad, yum!
I used this seasoning in California Chicken Spaghetti on this website. The balance of herbs seemed pretty good to me.
I use this recipe all the time and just love making blacken chicken Caesar salad!
I used this mix to make blackened shrimp and grits. Excellent flavor! I added 1 tsp of marjoram, and for the paprika I used 1 tsp of Hungarian paprika and 0.5 tsp of smoked paprika. It imparted a very nice smoky flavor. It’s a great base mix. Feel free to experiment with the mix to match your dish and make it your own!
This is great. I make this in larger batches for my spice cabinet and have used it as gifts along with Taco Seasoning 1 and a few other marinades and dressings from this site! People love it, and I hate buying store bought seasonings laden with sodium and various forms of MSG, so this is great!
Needs salt added but otherwise it's amazing.
This worked very well on a flank steak that I grilled for a steak salad. I cut the cayenne pepper in half and I wish I wouldn't have. I was afraid it would be too spicy for me, but next time I'll use the full amount. Thanks for sharing this recipe, DJBPITT!
Easy to make, never goes wrong. Most importantly, the kids love it. Important: add salt to taste. Works really well on tilapia blackened in a cast iron skillet. Cheers!
Used the blackened seasoning on grilled chicken breasts - with pesto penne beneath. Very tasty- to approach Cajun status it needs more and different heat.
Delicious!! I have made this seasoning many times now and get great compliments. Sometimes I may change the herbs if I'm short, such as the thyme to parsley. I like the fact that it doesn't have salt because I like to use finishing salt at the end of bbqing my fish. My daughter likes to use this on chicken breast as well.
I made this as is but did add a teaspoon of salt. Great Cajun mix that both me and my wife enjoy. Used some of this tonight in the gravy mix for mashed potatoes and the wife loved it. I've also used a pinch or two of this for store bought soup and it really adds flavor. Great recipe!
I will make this again! I made it exactly as stated and were pleased with the taste. We used it on Scamp Grouper. Nice flavor.
Used the recipe exactly, turned out great and keeps well. Used on fries, delicious!
Great SALT FREE seasoning. Used it to blacken Tilapia. Great seasoning
Excellent on Fish!
Great recipe! I used it to make some amazing blackened ahi fillet that I served with papaya salsa and a little arugula salad. Check out my handy work at: sheworksicook.com
I used it on salmon that I grilled. It was better than at the restaurant. I used smoked paprika and only half the cayenne since I don't like heat. It was excellent
Love it! I've used for chicken tenders as well. I make a double batch and keep it in my spice closte.
Will definitely make this again. I made a big batch of it and stored it. What can I say? Its my families go to for everything spice. The only changes I made was I added 1 tablespoon of cayenne, thats only because my family and I like really spicy food and 1 teaspoon of salt. We use it on our seafood, especially salmon and chicken breasts. Thanks so much for this great and easy to make recipe.
This was great- a husband pleaser!
I was googling for a good blackened seasoning recipe for me and my girlfriend and imagine my delight to find this recipe front-and-center at my favorite recipe website! I can't say how much we love this seasoning, right out of the gate. First, we didn't have any problem with the amount of oregano as others have had, but adjust as necessary. Next, we like things very spicy, so we bumped up the cayenne to 1 TBSP. Finally, we added a dash of curry as well. One of the great things about this is that it's saltless. My girlfriend likes much less salt than I do, and sometimes I would like to minimize salt intake for varying reasons. This recipe allows us to control the saltiness at will. It's amazing how much we could use without overpowering. We've already tried this on ground turkey, sautéed in avocado oil and butter to put on a sandwich or in tacos; it's also phenomenal on tilapia as some have mentioned. We’ve already decided to keep some of this in a bowl next to the stove for regular use. It’s magical! I can’t wait to try some as a rub on some meat for the smoker. We will be making A LOT of this in the future. Thanks so much.
It was ok. Needs more spice and more salt.
No changes, was perfect!