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New Orleans Cajun Seasoning and Rub

This Homemade New Orleans Cajun Seasoning and Rub is the best blend and spice mix to DIY spicy Louisiana meals at home loaded with flavor. Pair this with wings, shrimp, gumbo, and more.

New Orleans Cajun Rub and Spices in a white bowl
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What is Cajun Seasoning

Many of the flavors found within Cajun cuisine come from a mix of other cuisines. Cajun cooking can be found within the bayous of Louisiana and definitely within New Orleans. You will typically find a mix of Native American, West African, and Caribbean influences that have merged with a French cooking style.

If you’re looking for spicy, opt for Cajun. That is what differentiates it from Creole seasoning, which focuses more on flavor. Cajun Seasoning is often spicy (to some) with an emphasis on peppers, white pepper, black peppers, cayenne pepper, and often bell peppers within a cooked dish. It also has hints of paprika and garlic.

It’s often used in Jambalaya, gumbo, and Étouffée.

What Spices You Will Need

White Pepper

If you’re someone who cooks a lot you likely have all of the spices you will need in your pantry, but maybe not white pepper. White pepper actually comes from the same plant as black pepper, but the difference between them comes down to how they’re picked and processed.

Both white and black pepper come from the berries of the pepper plant. White pepper comes from the berries that are picked at full ripeness. The berries are then soaked in water to ferment and the outer layer is removed leaving only the inner seed. Removing the skin removes some of the flavor making it milder than black pepper.

Most people (Americans) keep black pepper on hand. White pepper is commonly used in French cooking. As noted above, Cajun cooking has a huge French influence. If you want to get the flavor without the “peppery heat” or color of black pepper, you’ll want to use white pepper. White pepper tastes somewhat earthy.

You can read more about White Pepper vs Black Pepper here.

Is it Spicy?

In general, it’s known for being a seasoning with bold flavor. The great thing about making your own seasoning or rub is you control how spicy it is. The spice with the most heat in this recipe is cayenne. Add more or less of it to suit your taste. I have often found some Cajun seasoning and dishes to be spicy hot, while others are mild.

Store-bought seasonings usually include salt and can be overly salty. The key to making this work for you is balance and to use your judgment based on what you like.

New Orleans Cajun Rub and Spices in a white bowl

Can You Use it as a Dry Rub For Meat?

Absolutely! This works great for all poultry including chicken wings, chicken thighs, Traeger Smoked Chicken Breasts, Grilled Baby Back Ribs, and more.

How to Store the Seasoning and Rub

If you are making a large batch of the rub, store it in an airtight container. I love to use these glass jars for storage. Ground spices usually last for 6 months. After that they will start to lose their flavor. I check this by giving the jar a whiff. If the smell is still potent it’s probably still good.

Cajun chicken wings in a bowl with french fries

Pair with this Cajun Chicken Wings recipe.

More Cajun Recipes

New Orleans Cajun Shrimp and Grits
Cajun Roasted Turkey
Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Seafood Boil
Cajun Chicken and Sausage Skillet
Cajun Dirty Rice
Cajun Shrimp Boil
Cajun Crawfish Boil

Cajun Seafood Gumbo with Shrimp and Crab
Seafood Jambalaya with Shrimp
Southern Red Beans and Rice

More Homemade Seasonings and Rubs

Homemade Chili Seasoning
Dry Rub for Chicken
Homemade Ranch Seasoning
Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Steak Seasoning Rub
Homemade Burger Seasoning and Rub
Homemade BBQ Seasoning and Rub

New Orleans Cajun Rub and Spices in a white bowl
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New Orleans Cajun Seasoning and Rub

This Homemade New Orleans Cajun Seasoning and Rub is the best blend and spice mix to DIY spicy Louisiana meals at home loaded with flavor. Pair this with wings, shrimp, gumbo, and more.
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Course spice blend, Spice Rub, Spices
Cuisine Cajun, Louisiana, Southern
Keyword Cajun seasoning, Louisiana Cajun Seasoning, New Orleans Cajun Seasoning
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 tablespoons
Calories 19kcal



  • Combine the ingredients and stir.
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The spices make a little less than 2 tablespoons.
I typically use 2 tablespoons (1 serving) for 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of meat.
There’s no substitute for white pepper. Omit it if you wish.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 1g
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 20th of June 2023

LOVE this seasoning blend. Made sure I found white pepper and resisted the urge to triple the garlic like I normally do with everything. So so good. I make big batches because we use on everything. Sounds weird but I use it on my deviled eggs and always get compliment.


Tuesday 27th of June 2023

That sounds good!


Wednesday 19th of October 2022

This seasoning blend is so good that I’m going to make a larger batch and store it for later. I used this for my dirty rice (minus the white pepper because I didn’t have it) and I love it!!!


Wednesday 26th of October 2022

Glad you enjoyed it!