Cajun Seasoning is a fantastic herb and spice blend to keep on hand for quick and easy dinners. Use as much or as little as you'd like to add hot Cajun flavor to your next dish of chicken, seafood, pasta, or veggies.
Cajun seasoning is a must-have seasoning blend to keep in your spice cabinet. It is hot with a little spice, and goes great on just about anything you can cook up.
I like to use my cajun seasoning on chicken, pasta, cream sauces, as well as roasted veggies. You can also use this spice blend to make your own cajun mayonnaise or add some heat to your ranch dressing.
There are plenty of seasoning blends available at the grocery store. But, it's just as easy to make your own using the herbs and spices you already have on hand at home.
For this recipe, you'll need paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and thyme.
The great part about making your own spice blend is that you can customize it to suit your tastes. If you'd like to adjust the heat of your cajun seasoning, add less or more of the cayenne pepper, which adds most of the heat in this recipe.
Spice shelf life
How long will your spice blend last? Generally, ground spices will keep anywhere from 2 to 4 years, and dried herbs from 1 to 3 years.
However, I recommend using ground herbs and spices within the first year, or six months if possible. They gradually lose flavor over time, so I don't recommend purchasing any spices you won't use within a year.
For best flavor and quality, I recommend using your cajun seasoning within 6 months, if using fresh herbs and spices.
For more information, check out this article: McCormick - How long do spices last?
Recipes using cajun seasoning
This seasoning blend is versatile and can be added to practically any dish. My favorites include chicken, seafood, pasta, and cream sauces. Here are a few of my recipes using cajun seasoning.
- Cajun Shrimp and Grits
- Cajun Chicken Alfredo
- Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Skillet
- Cajun Chicken Noodle Soup
- Oven Roasted Cajun Sweet Potato Wedges
- 3 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients until well blended.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Spice blend will keep for 1 year or more in a sealed container. Flavor is best if used within six months, if made with new spices and herbs.