Of all the spice mixes in my pantry, this Cajun Seasoning is the one I use the most. It instantly adds bold flavor to salmon, chicken, pork, and classic dishes like Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya!

On my busiest nights, I grab this homemade spice mix from the pantry and rub it onto my Baked Salmon recipe. It’s SO good and so easy, it feels like magic.

Cajun Seasoning - Piled in Heaps in White Bowl Before Mixing to Rub on baked salmon, chicken, and pork

That’s the power of having it at arm’s reach: being able to add lots of flavor to a basic protein and call it dinner.  

Cajun seasoning is not a mild seasoning, but I don’t think it’s too overwhelming either. There’s moderate heat to it from the cayenne pepper, but it’s not overbearing. I say this as someone who generally can’t handle hot sauce because it’s too spicy.

With a mix of paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, oregano, cayenne, and thyme, it has a robust flavor, but a nice balance of spice and herbs.

How to Make Cajun Seasoning - Piles of Spices Now Stirred Together for Cohesive Spice Mix with Metal Teaspoon

I’ll usually mix up a big enough batch to keep in my pantry, because I think the whole point of keeping spice mixes on hand, whether you’re using Taco Seasoning for homemade Ground Beef Tacos or Sazon Seasoning for Pulled Pork, is that it’s available at a moment’s notice.

So if you’re trying it for the first time, you can mix up a small batch to test it out on your next salmon dinner.

But if you want to make bigger batches for the future, use the slider button in the recipe box below to scale the amounts up automatically.

You can also mix batches of this seasoning and give it as a Christmas gift. I’ve always been a big fan of consumables for Christmas because they’re useful too.

Cajun Seasoning Recipe - Spoonfuls of Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Thyme, Oregano, Cayenne Pepper in White Bowl

As I mentioned above, I love rubbing this on Salmon the most, but it’s also great on Chicken, Pork, Ribs, or in rice dishes. Just make sure to moisten the spice mix with a little bit of olive oil when you rub it onto the meat or fish. 

Also try my homemade Fajita Seasoning for your next batch of Steak or Chicken Fajitas. Enjoy!

Cajun Seasoning Spices in White Bowl

Cajun Seasoning

Of all the spice mixes in my pantry, this Cajun Seasoning is the one I use the most. It instantly adds bold flavor to salmon, chicken, pork and more!

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  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika (regular paprika is okay too)
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Store cajun seasoning at room temperature for up to 1 year.


Hint: Use the slider in the recipe box to scale the amounts as desired. I mix up a big batch and keep it in the pantry.


Calories: 18kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 85mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1427IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.