Cajun Spice Recipe - Experience and Enjoy
the Flavours of Traditional Louisiana Fare

For a taste of traditional Louisiana cuisine, this easy-to-make Cajun spice recipe can be used in various ways in your cooking. A lot of folks use it specifically for pan blackening fish and other meats, but it also makes an excellent dry rub. It can also be used as a general seasoning, and works a treat when added to homemade burgers and sausages.

Note: If you don't have whole peppercorns or cumin available for this recipe, use pre-ground powders but reduce the amount by half. So 2 tablespoons black peppercorns would equal 1 tablespoon pre-ground pepper etc. Reduce the other ones you don't have whole by half as well. 

Homemade Cajun Spice Recipe

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

4 tbsp sweet paprika (or normal)
2 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp onion flakes (or 2 tsp powder)
1 tbsp garlic flakes (or 2 tsp powder)
3 tsp cayenne pepper 
1-2 tsp sea salt
8 dried bay leaves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay
  • Grind the bay with the thyme, cumin, peppercorns, salt, garlic and onion flakes
  • Add to a bowl
  • Mix in the paprika and cayenne pepper
  • Crumble in the oregano and stir again

Store your Cajun spice recipe in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

If you have time, dry toasting the cumin and peppercorns before grinding is worth doing. See my grinding spices page for info on this. (Link opens in new window)

How to Use as a Rub

Liberally sprinkle the Cajun rub over your fish or meat and gently massage in.

Put the food in a sandwich bag or cover with wrap or foil and place in the refrigerator for a few hours, or better overnight, to let the flavours penetrate the flesh.

Remove from the refrigerator an hour or so before cooking to allow it to return to room temperature. Cook according to your recipe.

Links to a Few Other Mixes and Blends to Try

Cajun Mix - An 
of Louisiana Cooking

Hot Buttery Popcorn
With a Cajun Twist!

Chili Powders - A 
Range of Hot, Fiery 
and Mild Blends

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