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Making your own seasonings is simple. You take the basic spices you have on hand and combine them to evoke your favorite flavors. My homemade Cajun seasoning recipe is perfect when you want to create Cajun food at home. I first shared it as part of my keto shrimp and cauliflower grits recipe, but it can be used for any protein or vegetable!
What is Cajun seasoning?
Cajun seasoning is popular, especially in Louisiana. Oftentimes, Creole and Cajun are thought of as the same thing, but this isn’t the case for foodies in the know. Creole cooking tends to use a wider range of ingredients and is thought of as quite fancy – it originated from people who were typically wealthy. While Cajun cooking is humble and characterized by vegetables, rice, and whatever protein you might find.
What is in Cajun seasoning & spice mix?
Everyone has their own spin but generally, cajun seasoning includes smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, celery seed, and thyme. It also includes different ground peppers.
In this recipe, I’m using staples, but also a shortcut. I’m using Old Bay seasoning as one ingredient because it includes some cajun seasoning staples and allows me to get all the flavor without going too crazy with the number of ingredients.
How to Make Cajun Seasoning at Home
Select an airtight jar with a great lid. I love to use ones that are both pretty and functional so that I can display my seasonings to be able to use them. Simply measure your spices into the jar, shake to combine, and store for about 6 months.
Cajun Spice Mix Recipe Uses
As I mentioned, you can use this spice mix on a variety of proteins and vegetables. Here are some tips for using it in your kitchen:
- Use 1 tablespoon of seasoning per pound of seafood
- Mix it into your favorite sauces or dips – don’t be afraid to experiment! One teaspoon goes a long way!
- Start with 2 tablespoons of seasoning per pound of beef, pork, or chicken. Go easy since you can always add more to taste
Keto & Low Carb Recipes that Use Cajun Seasoning
- Cauliflower Rice Jambalaya
- Shrimp Cauliflower Cheese Grits
- Low-Carb Cajun Stir-Fry Skillet Dinner
- Low-Carb Cajun Chicken Pasta
- Low-Carb Cajun Andouille Cheese Dip
Other Spice Blend Recipes
Don’t stop with just Cajun! Whatever cuisine is your favorite, you’ll find your favorite low-carb seasonings here. I urge you to take out all your spices and mix up your own blends today so you aren’t picking up packets at the store that contain less than desirable ingredients.
Homemade Cajun Seasoning Recipe
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- Add all of the spices to a glass jar
- Mix the spices and store them in an air-tight container for up to 6 months
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!