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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.