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Last Updated on February 26, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
This homemade Cajun spice mix is the perfect addition to your next Mardis Gras recipe! Great for gumbo and dirty rice, this easy spice mix is perfect for your next Cajun recipe creation! Of course, adjust the heat level to your liking!
Don't Be Afraid of Cajun Food!
I grew up in New England and the most exciting 'ethnic' food I remember having as a kid was pizza. For those of you who are not familiar with New England cooking, to say it is bland is a bit of an understatement.
Don't get me wrong....I love New England clam chowder and homemade baked beans and my mom's pot roast. But they aren't making my mouth scream "WOW...spicy!". When I moved down to Texas after college, my taste buds went through a bit of culture shock.
Suddenly I was inundated with jalapenos and shrimp covered in Cajun spice mix and it was like my mouth died and went to heaven. If you love spicy food as much as I do, check out my Baked and Stuffed Jalapeno recipe!
Finding a Great Mardi Gras Recipe
Want to find a new Mardis Gras recipe? Cajun food has become one of my all time favorites in terms of flavor. Gumbo, etouffe, crawfish, jambalaya....if you have not tasted these foods you need to buy a Cajun cookbook and hit the seafood market! Do not be intimidated by Cajun recipes...they really aren't that hard!
Our first Cajun cookbook was Emeril Lagasse's Louisiana Real and Rustic and it has some good classic recipes that aren't too horribly hard to make. Do not be intimidated by the presence of crawfish in the recipes. They are DELICIOUS little creatures!
Love this homemade Cajun spice mix? Try these DIY spices, too:
- Lemon Thyme Infused Sea Salt is Perfect for Your Seafood Recipe: Seafood is delicious when flavored with fresh herbs like those in this lemon sea salt recipe.
- Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe: This dry ranch dressing mix goes great not only in salad dressing but also as a coating for chicken. Make up the seasoning mix in bulk and store it in the pantry.
- Nacho Cheese Popcorn Seasoning Recipe : Top your popcorn with a shake of this Nacho Cheese Popcorn Seasoning if you are looking for a balance between healthy and delicious!
Homemade Cajun Spice Mix
If you are going to start making Cajun food on a regular basis or you just want to try out a new Mardi Gras recipe, you will need a Cajun spice mix. Yes, you could buy it but many grocery stores just don't carry it.
This homemade Cajun spice mix recipe is a good substitute that uses things you usually have around the house anyhow. That way you don't have to buy premade Cajun spice mix that you may never use again. Just make up a small batch and store it in an old spice container. And if you can't find crawfish in your local seafood market, you can usually substitute shrimp instead.
Homemade Cajun Spice Mix
- 2 TBSP salt
- 2 TBSP garlic powder
- 2 TBSP paprika
- 1 TBSP ground black pepper
- 1 TBSP onion powder
- 1 TBSP cayenne pepper
- 1 ¼ TBSP dried oregano
- 1 ¼ TBSP dried thyme
- 1 TBSP red pepper flakes
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until completely combined
- Store in a sealed container for up to one year
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information not always accurate
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.