Cajun seasoning is a part of Cajun cooking which is a form of Louisiana cooking that combines French and Southern influences. Cajun cooking is considered a highly seasoned form of cooking that uses a signature flour mixture termed roux that gives Cajun dishes a rich color as this seasoning gives these dishes a rich taste. Cajun cooking is considered less elegant than creole cooking and is viewed as being more rustic than Cajun cuisine.
There are different blends of these seasonings using different measures and adding other ingredients in addition to these such as fennel seeds, and mustard. This mixture is a basic seasoning to start with as you create your own mixture to suit your own tastes.
Depending on how much you want to create for storage the measures of these ingredients can also be teaspoons, cups or other measures as you choose with the idea of creating quantity for storage to use whenever needed.
Cajun Seasoning Recipe
2 ½ tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder, granules or minced
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder or granules
1 tablespoon cayenne red pepper
1 ¼ tablespoons dried oregano leaves
1 ¼ tablespoons dried thyme leaves
½ tablespoon crushed red pepper
Mix thoroughly and store in an airtight container.
This mixture goes great with seafood, chops, steaks, ribs and is great for veggies and traditional Cajun dishes such as gumbo and rice dishes.
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For some great sections on herbs and spices some great references are:
• The Spice and Herb Bible – Second Edition by Ian Hemphill with recipes by Kate Hemphill
• Field Guide to Herbs & Spices by Aliza Green
• The Contemporary Encyclopedia of Herbs & Spices – Seasonings For The Global Kitchen by Tony Hill
• Cajun Clark’s Cookbooks
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