Delicious HOMEMADE Blackened Seasoning… made with a simple combination of dried herbs and spices! If you like big flavors, this Blackened Seasoning is guaranteed to be a new favorite!
When it comes to meats, I’m all about BIG flavors. Give me spices, give me a rub, give me a delicious sauce on top. As long as there’s good flavor, I’m in.
And of all the flavors I’ve ever tasted… blackened seasoning is one of the absolute best! It’s unique and complex, with deep, soulful spices. And it instantly takes any of your favorite meats to the next level.
We especially love using it with shrimp, but it’s also SO delicious with salmon. And if you’ve never tried a Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad… you’re missing out! This recipe is easy to whip up with ingredients you most likely already have on hand. If you’re new to blackening seasoning, you’ll just have to trust me on this one. This is one seasoning blend you won’t be able to get enough of.
what we love about this recipe
We love making our own Blackened Seasoning because that way we know exactly what’s in it! As always, we recommend using high quality spices for the best flavor. We also love this recipe because it uses common pantry spices AND because you can adjust the amounts according to your tastes!
what is blackened seasoning?
Blackened seasoning is a spice blend used for flavoring fish, chicken, steak, and other meats. It’s traditionally used in in Cajun and Creole cuisine and made with a blend of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, and cayenne pepper. Blackened food means food that is coated in this spice blend, then cooked in a skillet, oven, or grill until it takes on a very dark brown, almost black color.
what you’ll need for this recipe
I used the following dried herbs and spices in my blend: smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
how to make blackened seasoning
Making this seasoning is as simple as measuring the ingredients and mixing them all together. You can then adjust any of the amounts (especially the cayenne and salt) according to your taste preferences. Blackened Seasoning can be stored in an airtight jar or container at room temperature, and is best when used within 6 months. Wondering if your spices are still fresh? Do the smell test. If they don’t have much of a smell, they won’t have much flavor, either.
is blackened seasoning the same as cajun seasoning?
Blackening Seasoning and Cajun Seasoning are very similar to one another and can often be used interchangeably. Cajun seasoning is rooted in Louisianna and consists of a base of garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. It is often combined with several other dried herbs and spices. Blackened seasoning is also rooted in Louisianna and adds paprika, oregano, thyme, and additional varieties of pepper. Cajun seasoning tends to be a bit spicier, although that depends on the specific recipe used. spicier than blackened, although much of that depends on the recipe and how much cayenne is added.
more homemade seasoning blends
- 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Use to season shrimp, chicken, fish, or any of your favorite meats.
What we love about this recipe:
We love making our own Blackened Seasoning because that way we know exactly what's in it! As always, we recommend using high quality spices for the best flavor. We also love this recipe because it uses common pantry spices AND because you can adjust the amounts according to your tastes!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 16Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 532mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g