DIY Essentials: Peppery Cajun Seasoning

Andy Anderson !


When it comes to Cajun Spice mixes, two names come to mind: Tony Chachere’s, and Slap Ya Mama. If you look at the ingredients in my recipe, and then compare them to the ingredient lists on the two mentioned spices, you will see that it is somewhat of a combination of the two

Tony Chachere’s is known for its robust Cajun flavors, while Slap Ya Mama is known for its heat. My goal was to keep the full-bodied flavors of the former and add in some of the heat of the latter. I think I did a pretty good job.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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5 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 1 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 1 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp
    crushed pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1 tsp
    dried greek oregano
  • 1 Tbsp
    chili powder, i prefer hatch
  • 1 Tbsp
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  • 2 Tbsp
    hungarian paprika
  • 2 Tbsp
    dehydrated onions
  • 2 Tbsp
    garlic powder

How to Make DIY Essentials: Peppery Cajun Seasoning


  2. You will need a spice blender, or just a good blender to make this recipe.
  3. One other thing about Cajun spices is that they are tremendously high in salt content. I cut the sodium in this recipe by over half; however, if you are on a salt restricted diet, cut it down more, or leave it out entirely.
    That is the great thing about homemade spice mixes, you are in control of what goes into them.
  4. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  5. Add all the ingredients to a blender, and grind away until mixed and fine, then place in a sealed container, and store in a cool place, away from direct sunlight.
  6. Chef’s Tip: Save your old spice bottles. They are excellent for storing your homemade spices.
  8. Use anywhere you would use Cajun spice: vegetables, fish, meat, poultry; some people sprinkle it fruit. Enjoy.
  9. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About DIY Essentials: Peppery Cajun Seasoning

Course/Dish: Seasoning Mixes
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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