Homemade Cajun seasoning blend is a great way to use up the spices in your pantry. Grilled potato wedges are one of our favorite ways to use this spice blend.
So often, we buy a jar of a particular spice because a recipe calls for a teaspoon, and then we don’t know what to do with the rest of it.
Here’s one way to use them up. Make your own spice blends instead of buying them. Making your own seasoning blends versus buying them is a fraction of the cost.
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How to make Cajun seasoning
If you have a well-stocked spice cabinet, I can almost guarantee that you already have everything to make this seasoning blend.
I use salt in my blend because everything needs salt. If you prefer to leave it out, by all means, do so.
You’ll notice that I use granulated garlic and granulated onion instead of powders. It is personal preference, but I like the coarser texture of these, and the flavor of powders can be muted.
Same goes for the dried herbs; I use the whole dried herb, not ground herbs, for the same reason.
That being said, use whatever you have in the pantry. There is no need for a special trip to the store. That would defeat the purpose, wouldn’t it?
How to store spices
Spices should be stored in a cool, dark spot in your kitchen. Storing them near the stove or in a cabinet above the stove will make them lose their potency.
Air is the biggest enemy to your spices. A close second is heat. Both of these will dull them quickly.
Store your cajun seasoning blend in an airtight container, preferably glass.
Some spices, especially those that contain certain compounds (star anise, cinnamon, etc), can corrode plastic over time. The oils in spices can break down thin plastic (like a bag), so storing them in glass is a safer bet.
Glass spice jars are a great investment when you are making your own blends. There are sets that come with a mini funnel to make filling the jar easier.
For storing smaller amounts, I like these 2 ounce glass jars. They have a screw top lid for easy scooping.
I tend to make bigger batches of seasoning blends, so I use these Weck jars for storing spices.
Use whatever container is available to you, even old condiment jars! Just remember to store them away from heat and light.
How can I use Cajun spice blend?
My personal sandwich hack – mix a bit of this into mayonnaise and use it on sandwiches. So, so good.
Sprinkle it on baked chicken, fish or roasted vegetables, especially potatoes. This Cajun seasoning goes with just about everything.
Here are a few more delicious ideas:
- Langostino Mac & Cheese – a teaspoon of this seasoning would be great here!
- Shrimp and potato skewers
- Vegan vegetable cakes
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- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon ground white pepper
- 1 tablespoon granulated onion
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for Cajun spice blend and whisk to combine thoroughly.
- Store in an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place for up to a year.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 132mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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