Creole Seasoning Recipe - Experience the
Flavours of New Orleans Cuisine

This easy-to-make Creole seasoning recipe is ideal for recreating the flavours and aromas of New Orleans cooking. Gumbo filé, jambalaya, court bouillon, crayfish bisque and bouillabaisse are just some of the traditional recipes that will be enhanced by this mix.

Note: I recommend using whole ingredients for my mixes where possible, so if you have them available, use whole peppercorns. If not, use ground pepper but halve the quantity. So 1 tablespoon black peppercorns equals ½ tablespoon pre-ground pepper.

Homemade Creole Seasoning Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes 7-8 tablespoons)

2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried thyme
2-3 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp onion powder
8-10 dried bay leaves
1 tsp sea salt 

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay
  • Grind the bay with the cumin, salt and peppercorns
  • Add to a bowl
  • Stir in the paprika, cayenne, onion and garlic powders
  • Crumble in the dried herbs and stir again

Store your Creole seasoning recipe in a cool place in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making more.

For Info and photos on grinding ingredients, see the grinding page. (Link opens in new window)

Creole Cuisine Info You May be Interested In

Picture of a homemade Creole seasoning

Over the years, due to the diverse groups of people settling in New Orleans and the general Louisiana region, it's not really surprising this cuisine is an extremely diverse mix of cultures.

You find influences from traditional Native and African America cooking, plus characteristics of Mexican, Portugese, French, Spanish and Italian food.

And I think if you're going to the effort of making traditional Creole recipes, your home cooked food deserves the best seasoning, not the bland commercial blends.

Here's a Short Video of How I Made it:

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