How To Make Cajun Seasoning

By Rena Awada | Updated On February 23, 2023

Once you learn how to make your very own Cajun seasoning at home, you’ll never go back to the store-bought packets. Spicy, savory, and filled with bold flavors, you will love this homemade Cajun seasoning for fries, protein, sauces, and so much more.

side shot of cajun seasoning in a jar with spoon in it


DIY Cajun seasoning from scratch is a must if you love the flavors of Creole spices and herbs. Packed with a little bit of heat and a super robust flavor profile from garlic and onion powder, this homemade Cajun seasoning recipe is essential for your kitchen needs.

This recipe teaches you how to make Cajun seasoning without all the extra sodium, preservatives, and additives which means this spice mix is healthy and gluten-free. Do you like a little bit of flare in your recipes? If so, you will really want to learn how to make this easy Creole seasoning!

We love to sprinkle it over shrimp, fries, roasted veggies, pasta, and so much more – we have truly fallen in love with this DIY spice mix.

jar filled with Cajun seasoning

Why You’ll Love This Homemade Cajun Seasoning

  • Zesty and flavorful: This seasoning contains the perfect combination of spices and herbs which makes it packed with flavor. This Creole spice mix is a little bit spicy and also savory which means it’s perfect for savory dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, and seafood.
  • Great for meal prep: Preparing your own seasoning is a great course of action if you like to meal prep. There’s nothing better than having a stocked pantry or cupboard filled with your favorite go-to spice and herb mixes.
  • Cost-effective and healthy: Unlike store-bought Cajun seasoning, this recipe is made from dried herbs and spices without all the extra stuff. This recipe is gluten-free and easy on your wallet.

Ingredients you will need

Learn how to make your very own DIY Cajun seasoning at home! Ditch the store-bought stuff and make this Creole spice mix because it’s healthy, quick, and made without the extra sodium.

Garlic powder
Onion powder
Smoked paprika
Sea salt
Black pepper
Cayenne pepper
Dried thyme
Dried oregano
Chili flakes

garlic powder, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, paprika in bowls

How To Make Homemade Cajun Seasoning

First, prepare your workstation and measure all of your spices and dried herbs. We like to measure each ingredient and place them in individual bowls or containers prior to combining.

Next, place the garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, and chili flakes in a shallow bowl. With a spoon or fork, mix everything together and store it in an airtight container.

If not using immediately, store the spice mix in a cool dry place such as your cupboard. We like to keep this homemade seasoning in a tightly sealed jar or storage container to preserve freshness.

jar filled with Creole spice mix

How To Use This DIY Cajun Seasoning

You can use this spice mix for all sorts of recipes. Here are some of our favorite ways to use this seasoning:

side shot of cajun seasoning in a jar with spoon in it

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cajun seasoning made of?

Traditionally, Cajun seasoning is typically made with chili flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, cayenne pepper, thyme, and paprika. There are different varieties of Cajun seasoning out there – just pick your favorite!

What do Five Guys use for their Cajun seasoning?

Five Guys uses garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, thyme, black pepper, salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes.

What herbs are used in Cajun cooking?

There are a variety of herbs used in traditional Cajun cooking such as bay leaves, oregano, thyme, basil, allspice, parsley, thyme, cardamom, and more.

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side shot of cajun seasoning in a jar with spoon in it

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Once you learn how to make your very own Cajun seasoning at home, you'll never go back to the store-bought packets. Spicy, savory, and filled with bold flavors, you will love this homemade Cajun seasoning for fries, protein, sauces, and so much more.
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Course: ingredient
Cuisine: cajun
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 10 tablespoons
Calories: 17kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • ½ Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes optional

Instructions

  • Mix all of the spices in a bowl with a fork or spoon.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store away from sunlight.

Notes

  • store seasoning in a container with lid
  • serving size: one tablespoon

Nutrition

Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 702mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 953IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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