Making homemade spice mixes is easy and saves money! This Cajun seasoning recipe is perfect for adding a little Mardi Gras to your food.
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Make your own Cajun seasoning with just a few spices that are already in your spice cabinet!

Cajun seasoning


A few weeks ago I made Shrimp Etouffee for the first time and it has quickly become a favorite dinner.   One of the ingredients in the etouffee recipe is Cajun seasoning. Of course you can buy Cajun seasoning, but I prefer to make my own seasonings whenever I can – like my homemade taco seasoning and Italian salad dressing mix.  I like to be able to control the amount of salt in the seasoning and in this case, the amount of heat.

Cajun seasoning

Homemade seasoning mixes are easy to make.  I generally make a large amount and then store the mixes in a Tupperware spice shaker to keep them fresh longer.  The Cajun seasoning mix is good for about 3 months, but will last longer in a Tupperware shaker.

This Cajun seasoning recipe is actually from my friend, Suzy.  Suzy's quite the cook but alas she doesn't have a blog for me to send you to.  She actually won a Taste of Home cooking competition a few years ago!

The recipe calls for 2 Tablespoons of cayenne pepper but you can add more or less to make it spicier or less spicy.  I also ran out of thyme a few months ago and keep forgetting to buy more so this last batch didn't have any thyme and it tastes fine.  That's what I love about homemade spice mixes – you can customize them to your own tastes based on what you have on hand.


If you like to make homemade seasonings check out my homemade taco seasoning recipe!

Taco Seasoning Recipe - Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe

You can also make your own Italian salad dressing mix!

Homemade Cajun Seasoning Recipe

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Serves 2     adjust servings


  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme


  1. Combine all the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. Store in an airtight container away from light. Use within three months.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 137kcal Calories from fat 20
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Carbohydrate 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
Making homemade spice mixes is easy and saves money! This Cajun seasoning recipe is perfect for adding a little Mardi Gras to your food.
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12 comments on “Homemade Cajun Seasoning

  1. Thanks Camille for the seasoning recipe. So expensive in the stores.

  2. I enjoyed reading this post! Thanks for sharing at Wordless Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop by again this week!

  3. Pinned! I also prefer to make my own spice mixes to control the ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

  4. THanks for linking on Friday Feature, I have pinned your post to our Friday Feature Board!!! Have a great weekend, Karren

  5. I have always thought it would fun to make my own spice mixtures. I will have to give it a try! Thanks so much for linking to the This Is How We Roll Thursday link party! I can’t wait to see what you share next week!

  6. I am always interested in making my own spice blends. I’ll have to give this a try.

    Found this on Foodie Friends Fridays

  7. I have never thought of making my own spices! Such a great idea, I can’t wait to try it! Saw this post over at Its Time to Party: Fluster Buster! Pinned it and now going over to check out the homemade taco seasoning! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Gina ~ from Always Savory

  8. Crystal on said:

    Love the recipe! I hate buying mixed spices because they have so much salt. We don’t season with salt because we can’t stand the taste. I never really thought about making my own mixes until last week. Thanks for the recipe!!