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Homemade Cajun Seasoning

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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

Yield: 2

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

Homemade Cajun Seasoning


  • 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.

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  • Liz
    April 12, 2016

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

    • Camille
      April 12, 2016

      Crazy, right! And so cheap at home. 🙂

  • Christie
    February 25, 2015

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

  • The DIY Homegirl
    February 22, 2015

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

    • Camille
      February 24, 2015

      You are so welcome! I love a well stocked spice cabinet for sure.

  • Karren Haller
    February 21, 2015

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

  • Cynthia L
    February 21, 2015

    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!

  • Audrey
    February 21, 2015

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

    Found this on Foodie Friends Fridays

  • Gina
    February 18, 2015

    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

    • Camille
      February 20, 2015

      You are so welcome! Homemade seasonings are so easy to make.

  • Crystal
    April 19, 2014

    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!!

    • Camille
      April 22, 2014

      I love homemade spice mixes! There are so many you can make on your own.