This Homemade Blackened Seasoning Recipe is the best blend of spice and herbs to produce flavorful chicken, fish, or any meat. This Cajun rub consists of paprika, thyme, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and a few other agents.
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I am always getting questions on how to upgrade the flavor options for classic dinner recipes. Regular salmon and chicken can get boring really fast if you don’t get creative. This blend of herbs and spices is perfect to upgrade any meal!
Use this seasoning in recipes like this Blackened Salmon.
- Regular or Smoked Paprika
- Red Cayenne Pepper
- Dried Oregano
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Black Pepper
- Ground Thyme
How to Make Blackened Seasoning
Combine your herbs and seasonings. Use immediately or store for later.
The Difference Between Cajun and Blackened Seasoning
Cajun seasoning is the spiciest when compared to blackened and Creole seasoning. Blackened seasoning falls in the middle of the too. It isn’t as spicy and it’s less salty than Creole Seasoning.
Each of these typically uses paprika, cayenne pepper (less for Creole and blackened), garlic powder, thyme, and onion powder
The Difference Between Blackened and Charred
Blackening is a cooking technique, it’s usually associated with Cajun cuisine. Fish or meat are dipped in butter, dredged in spices, and then seared in a hot cast iron or stainless steel pan. This leaves a crust, that will appear burnt, on the fish or meat that is loaded with flavor.
Charring occurs naturally when food is grilled, broiled, or sometimes cooked on the stove. It does not involve a blend of seasonings. You can read more about Blackening and Charred Differences here.
How to Store the Seasoning
Store it in an airtight container and in a dry place.
Can You Buy Blackened Seasoning?
My favorite store-bought brand is the Tony Chachere’s Spice and Herbs blend. It’s also listed as great for blackening.
Homemade Blackened Seasoning Recipe
- Combine all of the spices and seasoning. Store in a sealed jar.