Cajun Seasoning Mix Recipe - Capture the Awesome Flavours and Aromas of Cajun Cuisine 

Putting together a homemade Cajun seasoning mix recipe is the key to getting the most out of this most cosmopolitan of cuisines! Use this versatile blend for pan blackening fish, steak or chicken, use it as a dry rub for grilling, frying and oven cooking or simply use it as an all-purpose seasoning for soups, stews and casseroles to name just a few dishes. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: I use a few whole ingredients in this recipe as these will add the best flavours. However, if you don't have them whole simply use pre-ground powders and reduce the quantities the recipe requires by half. So for 2 tablespoons of peppercorns you would use 1 tablespoon of ground pepper. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders.

Homemade Cajun Seasoning Mix Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 9-10 tablespoons)

3 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp black peppercorns
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried marjoram
1 tbsp garlic powder
4 tsp dried basil
4 tsp caraway seeds
4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp celery seeds
2 tsp onion powder
1-2 tsp sea salt
8 dried bay leaves 

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay
  • Grind the bay with the peppercorns, celery, cumin, caraway and salt
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Add the paprika, cayenne, garlic and onion powders. Combine thoroughly
  • Crumble in the thyme, marjoram and basil. Combine again

Store in an airtight container out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: Dry toasting the peppercorns, cumin and caraway seeds before grinding and combining with the other ingredients will draw out more of their fabulous flavour.

Click here to read more about toasting and grinding ingredients. (Link opens in new window)

Links to Other Mixes and Blends to Try

An Easy-to-Make
Cajun Blend

A Cajun Mix - Ideal For Pan Blackening Food

A Collection of Dry
Rubs For Grilling

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