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Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Homemade Cajun Seasoning is the perfect way to add some bold flavor to your meals. Skip the grocery store and get the amazing flavor of your favorite Cajun food at home!

homemade cajun seasoning tastes zesty!

Homemade Cajun Seasoning Recipe

No need for store-bought blends when you can make it at home for less and with more flavor! It’s the perfect way to customize it to just your liking.

The bold spicy flavor of this homemade spice blend is perfect for making your favorite Cajun cuisine recipes.

Not only that but it takes regular dishes to the next level. Try it on chicken breasts, stuffed bell peppers, and even french fries!

It’s delicious in my Boudin dip and on these Popcorn shrimp.

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ingredients for creole spice mixes

What is Cajun Seasoning made of?

  • regular paprika, smoked paprika optional
  • cayenne pepper
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • salt
  • crushed red pepper flakes

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How to Make your own Cajun Seasoning

First: Combine all the spices in a mixing bowl.

Second: Store in an airtight container in your spice cabinet until ready to use.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

make your own homemade cajun seasoning mix

How long does it last?

Like all spice mixes, I recommend storing it in an airtight container, like this jar, and then store in a cool, dark place in your kitchen. It will last for up to 6 months.

Uses for Cajun Seasoning

this spice mix is perfect for creole cooking and cajun cooking

What is a good substitute for cajun seasoning?

You can make this Cajun seasoning blend but if you are missing a few of the ingredients, just add some extra cayenne and paprika to an all purpose seasoning.

If you don’t have plain oregano and thyme, feel free to use an Italian seasoning substitute in their places.

What’s the difference between creole seasoning and cajun seasoning?

Cajun uses mostly peppers for the spice whereas Creole is mainly herbs with a little kick.

Which is spicier Cajun or Creole? Creole, being more floral, tends to be a little less spicy.

collage of seasoning blends

Want more seasoning recipes? I have a delicious French Fry Seasoning recipe or my best BBQ Seasoning Recipe that you will love. Check them out along with this amazing list of homemade spice mix recipes and tips and trick on how to store them.

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make your own spice blends for dishes like cajun shrimp

This Cajun Spice Blend is better than the store-bought Tony Chachere you find at the store.

jar of cajun seasoning

Cajun Seasoning

Homemade Cajun Seasoning is the perfect way to add some bold flavor to your meals.
4.38 from 16 votes
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Course: Homemade Spice Mixes
Cuisine: Cajun
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 18kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons thyme


  • Combine all ingredients in an air tight container and store in a cool, dark place.
  • Use as needed.


  • Store in an airtight container for best results.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 796mg | Fiber: 1g

{Originally published 6/24/20 – photos and recipe updated to improve reader experience 11/17/23}

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4.38 from 16 votes (15 ratings without comment)
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