Don and his wife love to cook. They enjoy new and different recipes and experimenting with interesting combinations of ingredients.
Spicy Flavored Foods
Many people love eating foods imbued with zesty Spices. I myself am definitely one of those people who enjoys a little heat in my foods and I have a number of recipes I use to improve the flavors in my foods.
For many people, one of the reasons for the popularity of Cajun style foods is the amazing combination of spices commonly used in these dishes and that attack your taste buds when you put them in your mouth.
But there are so many people who only occasionally experience a tasty Cajun dish at home that they make themselves.
For these people, I recommend that you just go out and buy a small jar of a quality Cajun Spice blend at your local supermarket and use it to kick up your dish to the point that it suits your taste buds.
When you do shop for Cajun Spice blends you will notice that there are so many Cajun Spice blends available out there on the market and just selecting one can be a task or the novice cook.
In fact, there are so many Cajun Spice blends on the supermarket shelves that I could write an article just listing the better ones for most people to use.
Kicked Up Cajun Spice Recipe
But, if you are a cook who really loves to keep a variety of your favorite spices in your pantry to cook with, keep reading.
The serious Cook will typically keep several jars of specialty Spice blends in their pantry, ready to used.
I recommend that you use this recipe as a base for developing your own Specialty Cajun Spice for your cooking adventures.
This recipe is really just a basic combination of spice that you can use like it is, or that you can customize to your own tastes with a little experimentation and then once you have it where it suits your taste you can keep it in your pantry and use it as your own specialty Cajun Spice blend.
Or, for the occasional cook, you can just combine these ingredients in a small quantity to use in your dish that day. You can, of course, just make it fresh each time you need it for your occasional Cajun themed dish.
Also, please realize that this is my recipe and it reflects what my taste buds love, as a quick combination of spices.
If the combination isn’t quite what you might like, just tweak the ingredients. Then you can brag to your friends about “your personal recipe” for a great Cajun Spice.
Homemade Cajun Spice Blend
|Prep time||Ready in||Yields|
almost 1/8 cup of the blend
Ingredients for Cajun Spice
- 1 tbs. Powdered Garlic
- 1 tbs. Powdered Onion
- 1 tsp. Ground Red Pepper, fine grind
- 1 tsp. Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Salt, fine grain
Instructions for a Simple Cajun Spice Blend
- You must combine the ingredients together well for the best flavor.
- If you have one, pour the combined ingredients into Mortar and Pestle, and spend a few minutes grinding away at the mixture. This really helps get the flavors combined together.
- Once blended well, either use your Cajun Spice, or place it into a sealed container to preserve the flavors until the Spice is needed.
CAJUN SPICE Notes for the Chef
The following notes are a collection of thoughts on being a Cook who likes Cajun-style dishes and wants their own special recipe for their cooking
NOTE: First of all, if you are making this Cajun Spice recipe to keep around for future use, be sure to have a jar with a top that seals the mixture well.
As you can see this recipe has no other chemicals in it and it specifically does not contain any “anti-clotting” chemicals either, so it must be kept dry.
NOTE: I have a friend that actually buys “his secret ingredients” and jars them with a personal label on the jar, and gives them out as Christmas presents.
This is a great idea, and if you have several of these “personal recipes” you can make a very nice gift basket for your friends. If you do this, I recommend my Green Pepper Jelly recipe as another one you might use.
NOTE: If you decide to evolve your own Cajun recipe that reflects your personal taste, remember that there are a lot of natural herbs out there that you can use which will make your blend a unique one.
Try such Herbs as; Rosemary, Cilantro, Thyme, Sage, and many others, each of which will provide their own special flavors.
But, remember, when working in the world of aromatic and flavorful herbs, less means more. A good chef would never use so much of an herb that it had an overriding effect on your original blends intent which is a good spicy and flavorful CAJUN SPICE.
How to Make a Cajun Spice
How to make a Blackened Seasoning
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
H C Palting from East Coast on June 25, 2013:
This is a very useful hub to me because anyone that likes spicy foods and better than buying some mass produced but likely watered down stuff. I will be using this often. Thanks for sharing with us.
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 24, 2011:
Don, you are most welcome, bro. And I am sure that I will and good luck on the new book. Im sure that you will do fine. No worries. Peace. Kenneth
Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 24, 2011:
Thanks for the great comment, Kenneth. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and BTW, I am working on another book. Have a good day!
Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 05, 2011:
Thanks Paul, I hope you like it.
paulgc on October 05, 2011:
Wow, excellent article/menu. I'm going to share this with my girlfriend on her facebook so hopefully she will make it for me as she likes to cook etc.voted up and useful.
Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 04, 2011:
Thanks Cloverleaf, but I do suggest that you "tweak" it to make it your own.
Louise from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 04, 2011:
Hi Don, this IS a great Christmas gift idea - well done, you! I haven't tried making spice blends at home before, but I could certainly give this a try. Have a great day :-)
Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 02, 2011:
Yeah, once you remove the mystery from something like a spice blend, I find that I make my own and use it more often. Glad you like it!
Andrew from Rep Boston MA on October 02, 2011:
Never thought about making my own spices, I normally just got the premade bottles from the store. Sounds yummy though.