Cajun Seasoning Recipe

Smoky, fragrant, and spicy, make this cajun seasoning recipe in 1-minute for a DIY spice you can use on veggies, protein and appetizers!

Looking to add a little (or a lot) of flavor and spice to your cooking? Cajun seasoning is one of the best ways to do so!

I love adding heat and flavor to all of my dishes, so when it came time to make the best cajun seasoning recipe homemade, I was over the moon.

We’ll grab more than a few spices, stir them up in a bowl, adjust as needed, then be well on our way to making this bold seasoning. Let’s do this!

What is Cajun Seasoning?

Cajun seasoning is a seasoning blend that combines ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and more to create a spicy, bold flavor.

Originating from Louisiana, Cajun seasoning is a flavorful, bold mix of spices that showcases Cajun cooking: a fusion of Native American, West African, and Caribbean styles combined with French cuisine. [1]

This sweet ‘n savory Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts recipe is another delicious fusion recipe to try.

Ingredients for this Cajun Seasoning Recipe sitting in neat piles in a rimmed black dish including smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, ground black pepper, onion powder, dried oregano, cayenne, and dried thyme.


  • Paprika: smoked or sweet paprika will work fine. I lean towards smoked for a smoky take that adds to the heat and flavor of this seasoning.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt: fine table salt works best here to ensure the salt spreads evenly throughout your cajun seasoning.
  • Ground Black Pepper: you can use freshly ground black pepper for an extra bold and fresh flavor, or enjoy the convenience of store-bought.
  • Ground white pepper: traditional recipes for Cajun seasoning call for ground white pepper, but we’re going to skip it to make this homemade recipe easier.
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Oregano
  • Cayenne: you can easily adjust this for your desired spice level. If sensitive to heat, start with just 1 teaspoon of cayenne. If you love heat, you can increase ad needed.
  • Dried Thyme

How to Make Cajun Seasoning

Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl: paprika, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, onion powder, dried oregano, cayenne, and thyme.

A hand stirring a small whisk into the dish of spices to combine them into Cajun Seasoning

Stir until well mixed.

Store Cajun seasoning in an airtight container for 6 months to a year.

Spices completely well mixed together in a spice bowl with a spoon

How to Use Homemade Cajun Seasoning

This Cajun seasoning recipe is spicy, salty, and herby with a smokiness that adds so much depth and flavor as a BBQ rub, seasoning for appetizers, and more. It’s also the secret ingredient in my irresistible Onion Ring Sauce recipe.

Veggies: sprinkle on your favorite veggies for a flavor kick, such as roasted bell peppers and blistered green beans, potato dishes like roasted carrots and potatoes, and garlic parmesan potatoes.

Protein: try this homemade seasoning on tofu, fish, meats, and more.

Snacks: sprinkle on baked tortilla chips, pita chips, air fryer french fries, air fryer onion rings, potato wedges, or even toasted, buttered bread like garlic toast for a spicy kick.

Sandwiches and Soup: I always like to add a little zest to my sandos and soup with a sprinkle of this Cajun seasoning. Try it on Pizza Sliders, a grilled cheese, a Tomato Sandwich and more.

Close up of this herb and spice recipe to show the texture and ingredients inside.

Recipe Tips

Here are a few of my easy and simple tips for customizing this cajun seasoning recipe to your liking.

  • Spice: Try adjusting the cajun seasoning recipe as you make it. Add more cayenne for higher spice, less for those who are heat sensitive.
  • Boldness of Flavor: You can amp up the boldness of this recipe by using freshly ground black pepper, salt, and even homemade garlic salt or seasoned salt.
  • Salt: If you follow a low sodium diet, reduce the spice or leave it out altogether—you can add the salt in separately as needed.

Let’s Spice it Up!

Why is it so satisfying to make a homemade spice, anyway? I love making and sharing these lovely recipes with you. ‘til our next one…

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bowl of cajun seasoning with a spoon in it and spices on the table

Cajun Seasoning Recipe

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Smoky, fragrant, and spicy, make this cajun seasoning recipe in 1-minute for a DIY spice you can use on veggies, protein and appetizers!


  • 2 ½ tablespoons paprika, smoked or sweet works fine
  • 1 ½ tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt, fine table salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne, can adjust for desired spiciness
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme


  1. Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
  2. Store in a tightly-sealed container for 6 months up to a year.
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Seasoning
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Cajun

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  1. I will never buy cajun seasoning again this is amazing. I made a big batch the store in the cupboard.

  2. A burst of all the spice flavors and a bottle of this in my kitchen is a must. Helps in making meals delicious and quick and yummy too.

  3. The blend of spices truly captures the authentic flavors of Cajun cuisine. It adds the perfect amount of heat and depth of flavor to any dish.