If you enjoy any kind of Cajun/Creole cooking you know that it’s all about the spices. The spice blend you use in recipes like fried chicken, gumbo, or jambalaya will absolutely make or break the final dish. I even now several people out there who enjoy a little Creole/Cajun seasoning on chicken or even a steak.
There is something about the flavor combination of a Creole/Cajun spice blend that is absolutely intoxicating. The problem, however, is that most people purchase their Creole/Cajun spice from the grocery store.
Nothing wrong with that until you find out how easy it is to make this amazing spice blend.
Once you know a basic recipe you can adjust the quantity of the spices to suit your individual taste. For those of you who like your Creole food with spice, you might increase the cayenne pepper or perhaps add chili flakes. Some of you will increase the amount of cumin for a slightly more latin flare.
One thing is for sure, this homemade Creole seasoning is really easy to make and it is well balanced so you can use it with just about any recipe that calls for Creole seasoning. Once it is made, store it in an airtight container such as a baby food jar so that it stays fresh for a few months.
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dry basil
- 1 teaspoon dry thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Filé powder
- Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Store in an airtight container such as a mason or baby food jar.