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How to make and use Cajun Blackened Spice Mix

This Blackened Spice Mix is a substitute for most Cajun seasonings such as Cajun Chicken Seasonings and gumbo seasoning.  And ever wonder what spices are in Cajun seasonings?  We have it covered.

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I was unable to find some blackened spice mix at our local grocery.   So I decided to come up with this blend of spices using what we already have in our spice cabinet.  Why do we need to spend extra money when we can simply mix our own blends of Cajun seasonings using what we have already bought.
Why do you need Cajun Blackened Spice Mix in your life, you ask?   You can make and use this spice mix for Cajun chicken seasonings or gumbo seasoning.   And many more different techniques and recipes.


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What Spices are in Cajun Seasonings:

We made this Cajun Seasoning that doubles as blackened seasonings and we used common spices.     In fact, most of the spices we used in this Cajun Blackened Spice are probably already in your cupboard.   Use garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and salt, and pepper. Add thyme and oregano with a little cayenne thrown in and you have the spices in Cajun seasonings. 

How to Make Blackened Seasonings:

Blackened Seasonings are a simple blend of spices with the thought they would be added and cooked in high heat dishes. Blackened Spices are used to sear fish, chicken, and steak with that gorgeous charred color but with added flavor. We like to make spice mixes that are not only blackened seasonings but are flavored or spicy such as this Cajun Seasoning.

How to Blackened Fish:

Coat both sides of the fish in an ample amount of blackening spices heat a cast-iron skillet to a medium or a medium-high heat. Add about a tablespoon of butter to the skillet and immediately place the fish on top of the butter. If doing several servings, do not crowd the skillet or the crispy crust will not be obtained.

As soon as the meat is released from the skillet, flip and cook the other side about 2-3 minutes per side. Cooking times for different fish will vary, depending on how hot your skillet is, so use this as a guide only.

**For safety, have a lid big enough to fit over the skillet handy for flare-ups.  It’s normal for a few little flaming flare-ups and that just adds flavor but we don’t wish the fire department to be involved with tonight’s dinner.


Use as Cajun Seasonings or Blackened Chicken Seasonings:

  • We always use a hearty piece of thick steak or a thin chicken breast that is no thicker than 1/2 inch, either slice or pound the chicken breast to that thickness.
  • Replace store-bought Cajun Chicken Seasoning in your recipes with this Cajun Spice Mix.   Cook for 7-8 minutes per side,
  • Chicken can also be completed in a 350-degree oven, cook until released from the pan and flip the breast, let sear and then place in the oven for about 5 minutes until juices run clear


Use this Blackened Spice Mix as Gumbo Seasoning or as a substitute for Cajun Seasonings:

  • These homemade Cajun Seasonings can substitute gumbo seasonings or used in any Cajun dish to add additional flavoring.
  • This Cajun Blackened spice mix is also great for potatoes, carrots, broccoli, asparagus or any other vegetable you would roast in the oven.
  • Place prepared veggies in a ziplock baggie, add enough oil to coat and sprinkle in the Cajun Blackened Spice Mix.   Roast in a 375-degree oven until veggies are cooked to your satisfaction, we normally turn any vegetable at least once while roasting.

Be warned, We added a little cayenne pepper for a spicier Cajun flare, so adjust to your family’s taste buds.


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Cajun Blackening Spices

A blend of spices with a Cajun flare for blackening chicken, pork or beef
Prep Time10 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: Blackened spice mix, Cajun Chicken Season, gumbo seasonings
Author: Evelyn



  • Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight spice jar or container

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Jamie Sherman

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

I love that you can adjust the spices to suit your family's tastes! Not so easy with the pre-mixed stuff! :)

Reesa Lewandowski

Friday 13th of February 2015

My husband loves this type of spice mix. It's so easy to make your own! Thanks for sharing!

Dan from Platter Talk

Thursday 12th of February 2015

Fantastic info to help us get our Cajun on!