I like to make my spice mixes because then I know what I’m eating. There are no unwanted additions. And most of all, I do the proportions for myself, and I like to combine with flavours and break the rules. This Cajun Seasoning is a classic trendy, so I often make it myself. It is more spicy and aromatic because I make it with whole spices if possible. You can use cajun seasoning in many dishes, from prawn meat to potato to the beloved Remoulade Sauce.
How to choose the best ingredients for Cajun Seasoning
Sea salt: it doesn’t have to be sea salt. You can also use Himalayan salt or just forgo it and season with salt while cooking. This salt-free version is universal.
Sweet paprika, cayenne pepper: I like to have paprika flakes, whether sweet or hot, always at hand, and it is very easy to make a ground version. Ideally, you would dry the pepper yourself and then grind it. However, I will not require it from you ;). I try to pay attention to good quality products as much as possible.
Garlic powder: you can buy ready-made dried garlic, but as always, I encourage you to do it yourself. It is then much more aromatic because you make it regularly. Imagine that the garlic you buy has its production route waiting in the store before you buy it. Therefore, there is no chance that it will naturally hold the aroma you feel.
White pepper: it may seem that the pepper is washed, but I do not recommend changing the white pepper recipe to black. The two types of pepper have a different flavour and that would change the taste of the dish.
Oregano, thyme, basil: I always have my herbs in my garden, or I had them on the windowsill in the kitchen before. Such herbs smell beautiful and give the aroma in the kitchen and dishes to taste better. If you have such an opportunity and a place, I sincerely encourage you to do so because it is easy to make fresh herbs dried and use them in this version for this spice.
Tips and tricks
- Garlic can be dried in flakes and stored like this, and only when you need it, grind it.
- Store dried herbs or all mixtures in tightly closed containers away from light so that they retain their aromas and properties for longer.
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp powder sweet paprika
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp ground white pepper
- 2 tsp onion powder or onion granules
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried basil
- Pour them into a bowl and mix everything well.