DIY Organic Cajun Seasoning

The spice aisle at my local natural and organic food store is a culinary playground, and I’m always intrigued by the various spice blends designed to give homemade dishes an international flair.

Companies that produce these blends carefully combine up to a dozen herbs and spices to create foolproof seasonings that make life easy for home cooks.

In my experience, however, spice blends can be much more expensive than their individual components. That’s why I tend to buy individual herbs and spices to create my own blends. This also allows me to buy readily available organic ingredients, control the amount of salt used and tweak the recipe to suit my individual preferences (i.e., more pepper, less garlic).

Our recent post for Southwestern Gluten-Free Cornbread Dressing called for 2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning. Instead of purchasing a bottle of the Cajun blend, I prefer to take the do-it-yourself approach. Dressing recipe creator Dana Jacobi (The Essential Best Foods Cookbook, New American Plate Cookbook) shares her DIY recipe here.

Simply combine the ingredients, and store them in a glass jar. You can quadruple the recipe so it’s ready to use when you’re seasoning meat, veggies, egg dishes, rice and other side dishes.

FYI: I reduce salt by 50% when preparing a spice blend. You can always add more salt, if your palate screams out for it.

For an Indian-flavored blend, check out Taj Rub.

DIY Cajun Seasoning

Makes 2 tablespoons

1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Recipe courtesy of the American Institute for Cancer Research

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  • Lin Ennis  January 10, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Wow! I didn’t even know one could make Cajun seasoning. Seems obvious a person could make any blend now that you mention it. I just never thought of it…like Cajun is a secret recipe or something! I’m going to try this.

    I recently blogged about my experience making Five Spice Powder:

  • Fruge Cajun Seasoning  April 16, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Cajun Seasoning is a bit simpler than even that recipe. The recipe above would most likely make you a Creole Seasoning. You probably want to stick with a mixture of salt, garlic, onion, cayene pepper, black pepper. Play around with those spices and you will be on the right track!! If you want it already mixed and bottled try my website at

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