Add a little Cajun kick to your dishes with this homemade blackening seasoning recipe. Perfect for blackened chicken, shrimp, pork, or fish. Making homemade seasoning mixes is best so you can control exactly what goes in it!
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- Make a batch of this to keep on hand whenever you want to make blackened chicken, blackened shrimp, etc.
- You just need a jar to shake it up and store it in. These are the perfect size for this recipe. I also like to buy the seasonings I use a lot, like garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika, in larger containers and use these jars to store in my seasoning cabinet.
What is blackening seasoning?
Blackening seasoning is a type of spice blend used to "blacken" fish, poultry, and other meats. Blackening is a technique where meat or seafood is coated in butter and blackening seasoning, then cooked on high heat, usually in a cast iron skillet.
This technique and seasoning mix was first developed by chef Paul Prudhomme in New Orleans.
You can buy this spice mix pre-made, but I like making mine homemade so I can control exactly goes in it.
If you're looking for cajun seasoning, check out my homemade cajun seasoning recipe!
What is in blackening seasoning?
The ingredients can vary from person to person, but blackening seasoning usually contains a mix of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. These are common spices used in Cajun and New Orleans cooking.
How to make Cajun blackening seasoning?
This recipe calls for paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, black pepper, basil, and sugar. Shake all ingredients together in an airtight container and store for later use.
How to blacken foods?
Heat a cast iron skillet to high heat. Allow the pan to fully preheat. Dip your meat of choice in melted butter, then coat in blackening seasoning. Sear the meat for a few minutes on each side. Length of cooking time will vary depending on type of meat, like fish, pork, chicken, or beef.
For this recipe of blackening seasoning, use 1 tablespoon of spice blend per pound of meat.
Both spice mixes are similar, but Cajun seasoning tends to be spicier, while blackening seasoning is specifically for blackening meat.
Cajun Blackening Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2.5 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons ground thyme
- 1.5 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Combine all seasonings together and mix well. Store in an air tight container.
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