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This Cajun Seasoning is an easy way to liven up your meals with a kick of delicious, spicy flavor! It’s easy to make using common spices and seasonings.

Cajun seasoning in a glass storage jar.

If you enjoy flavorful dishes with a bit of heat, you’ll love this Cajun seasoning!

Cajun seasoning is a blend of spices used in Cajun cuisine, which originated in Louisiana. This delicious spice blend commonly includes paprika, garlic powder, salt and cayenne pepper, along with other seasonings. It packs a punch of flavor and can be used to season everything from chicken to shrimp, pasta, vegetables, fries and more.

While you could pick up a jar of Cajun seasoning at the grocery store, making your own is even better. It will stay fresh in your spice cabinet for six months or more, so you can always have it on hand ready to use. Making your own homemade spice blends allows you to adjust the salt and spice levels to your tastes. You probably already have everything you need, and it takes just a few minutes to make.

Individual seasonings for cajun seasoning recipe added to a bowl.

Cajun Seasoning Ingredients

This Cajun seasoning is made with spices and seasonings that you probably have in your spice cabinet. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paprika: I prefer to use sweet paprika in this recipe because its milder flavor goes well with the other spices in this flavorful seasoning blend. If you’d like an extra smoky, spicy flavor, you can use smoked paprika in place of all or some of the sweet paprika.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Oregano
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Thyme
  • Salt & Black Pepper: You can adjust the amount of salt to your tastes.
  • Cayenne Pepper: You can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper to make your seasoning more or less spicy. The recipe calls for 1 teaspoon, which will give you a pretty spicy seasoning. I used 1/2 teaspoon in my seasoning to make it mildly spicy.

How to Make Cajun Seasoning

Making this Cajun seasoning couldn’t be easier. Start by adding all of the ingredients to a small bowl. Then whisk until well combined. That’s it!

Cajun seasoning in a bowl with a spoon.

Ways to Use Cajun Seasoning

This seasoning mix is so versatile! Here are a few ways to use it:

How to Store

Cajun seasoning may be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for at least 6 months. It may last even longer than that, but the spices can start to lose their flavor over time. I store all of my homemade seasonings in my spice drawer. Keep it in a small jar with a lid, mason jar, or even a small zip-top bag.

Cajun seasoning in a glass jar with a spoon.

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Cajun seasoning blend in a glass jar.
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Cajun Seasoning

Servings: 10 tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
This Cajun Seasoning is an easy way to liven up your meals with a kick of delicious, spicy flavor! It takes just minutes to make using common spices and seasonings.


  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste, see note below


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined.
  • Seasoning can be used immediately or stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.


  • Using 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper will make the seasoning moderately spicy. If you want it mildly spicy, use 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. For very spicy seasoning, you can use more than 1 teaspoon of cayenne.
Serving: 0.5tablespoons, Calories: 9kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 234mg, Potassium: 47mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 570IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information is an estimate.
Cuisine: Cajun
Course: Seasoning
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