Kickin' Cajun Seasoning
Updated: Jan 3
If you like a little heat and Cajun flavor, this seasoning is for you. I use this seasoning in many dishes, however, my favourite recipe to add it to is sautéed’ shrimp.
Add prepared shrimp (cleaned, rinsed and patted dry) to a heated pan with oil (e.g. grape seed oil– flavourless) and sprinkle generously with the seasoning. Sauté until cooked and add a little butter along the way for additional flavor. Recently (actually last week) a good friend of mine said, and I quote “this is the best shrimp I’ve ever had”! True Story!
Being intolerant to many things including “monosodium glutamate (aka msg)” and “nitrates”, more and more I am making my own foods from scratch (mostly), including seasonings, stocks and broths. My belly thanks me! This is a versatile recipe. Feel free to add or adjust herbs, salts and spices to your liking.
History of Cajun Spices: (credit to Slap Ya Mama)
The history of Cajun spices is as rich and varied as the history of Louisiana. Cajun cooking comes from the native French-speaking Acadian descendants inhabiting Louisiana and parts of other Southern states. Like the area it comes from, Cajun flavor is spicy, rich, and really, really flavourful! This style of cuisine also borrows from African and Native American styles of cookery. A lot of people don’t know that the typical Cajun food was developed by extremely poor people. Refugees and farmers used what they had readily available to feed large families, which is one reason that rice is a staple in most Cajun dishes. Adding rice to a stew could stretch the food so that there would be plenty to eat for days. Rice is still added to Cajun food, even if it is for the love of the flavor, and not for necessity.
Since Cajun country is so close to the Gulf of Mexico, seafood is a main protein in most dishes. Favorites are crawfish, catfish, crabs, and oysters. Seafood was accessible and available, as there were a lot of fishermen. Cajun dishes almost always consist of three vegetables referred to as the “Holy Trinity:” bell pepper, onions, and celery. Parsley, bay leaves, and scallions are commonly used to season food, as well as garlic and cayenne pepper. Gumbo, a staple dish across all cajun kitchen tables, takes its name from the West African and Caribbean name for okra, which is often another main ingredient in many dishes.
Cajun food, despite its reputation, is not necessarily spicy hot. Cajun spice blends are often richly flavored without heat, although some cajun spices will certainly burn you! At Slap Ya Mama, we carry a selection of Cajun Seasoning and hot sauces ranging from original which has a pleasant moderate heat, to HOT, for folks who like the burn. For ways to use our cajun spices and blends, check out our recipes section. For the families who may not be Cajun through and through, we do have dinner mixes available with the seasonings already added so that you can experience the full flavor of the deep south no matter where you are!
This one is easy-peasy, lemon…. Ya you got it!
Side note, I started using salt flakes recently and love them. They are light and flavourful. And they look awesome! Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix. Store in a sealed container, like a mason jar or “Tupperware”, until ready to use.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 5 mins
Yields: ¾ cup
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp fresh crushed pepper – coarse grind
1 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp Maldon sea salt flakes - or coarse salt
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
Medium size bowl
Fork to mix (or hands)
Mason jar or sealed container
Add all ingredients in a bowl – mix thoroughly
Store in a mason jar or sealed container
Use as required
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Contributors: Based on a recipe from Bake. Eat. Repeat.